Ocean observation, forecasting and monitoring
- Integrate existing and future observational efforts in the Atlantic Ocean
- Fully map the Atlantic seafloor by 2030
NOAA Ocean Exploration will conduct a 30 day mapping and remotely operated vehicle expedition to explore the New England and Corner Rise Seamounts.
NOAA is dedicating an entire month to exploring the remote New England and Corner Rise Seamounts, filling data gaps and enabling future discoveries.
NOAA Ocean Exploration will explore and map poorly understood areas of the New England and the Corner Rise Seamounts. Expedition goals are: 1) improve knowledge of unexplored areas in the high seas including sensitive habitats, geological features, and potential resources, 2) extend bathymetric coverage to support Seabed 2030, 3) increase understanding of these seamounts and the role they play in trans-Atlantic connectivity, and 4) improve understanding of marine minerals in the deep sea.
This expedition will take place June 30- July 29, 2021. We anticipate collecting 25,000 square kilometers of new mapping data and conducting 25 ROV dives which will be broadcast in real-time to engage the public and enable participation by the global science community via telepresence. Data (including raw and processed mapping data, HD video and annotations, and physical samples) and reports from this project will be made publicly available between November 2021 and February 2022.