Just a quick update on what the exploration vessel Okeanos Explorer has been doing and what lies ahead.
The current exploration expedition goes by the name: Deep Connections 2019: Exploring Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts of the United States and Canada expedition.
From August 6 through August 20, 2019, NOAA and partners completed 24-hour-a-day mapping operations using the ship’s deepwater mapping systems (Kongsberg EM 302 multibeam sonar, Simrad EK 60 and EK 80 split-beam fisheries sonars, Knudsen 3260 chirp sub-bottom profiler sonar, and Teledyne Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers) to collect baseline seafloor and water column data.This was the first leg of a two part exploration of poorly understood deepwater areas of the U.S. and Canadian, Atlantic continental margin.
The team mapped a very impressive 18,600 square kilometers (7,180 square miles), of ocean floor, with the majority collected in submarine canyons off the coast of New England and Canada.
Since August 20, the ship has been berthed at Dartmouth Port, Nova Scotia Canada.
But the real fun and interesting second leg of our current expedition is just about to get underway!
From August 26 through September 15, 2019 Leg 2 will include remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations using NOAA's dual-body ROV capable of diving to depths of 6,000 meters (3.7 miles) to explore a diversity of poorly known deep seafloor and midwater habitats, as well as unique geological features.
Here is where you come in: this leg of the expedition will use the ship’s high-bandwidth satellite connection to engage a broad spectrum of scientists, resource managers, and the public in telepresence-based exploration. You can watch these ROV dives in real time, and join in the fun and thrill of exploration!
There may be as many as 19 dives in the 21 days of Leg 2, depending of course on conditions, so it could be a very busy and exciting expedition.
I hope you will join us. The live stream links are the same as before: