NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

Ocean Exploration
All life on Earth relies on the ocean - yet, the ocean is 95 percent unexplored, largely unknown and mostly unseen by human eyes…

The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is the only U.S. ship assigned to systematically explore our largely unknown ocean for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge. Join us to learn about the innovative techniques, cutting edge tools and scientific processes the scientists and crew of Okeanos Explorer will be using as we begin a new era in ocean exploration!

Control Room
Okeanos Explorer Control Room

Kawaio Barat seamount map
Kawio Barat (West Kawio) seamount
(July 2010)

Click here to view Jan 2011
"How Do We Explore?" Flyer (PDF/207k)

SIGN UP for NOAA OER Jan 24 - Feb 11, 2011
Online Professional Development Event

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Camera platform - 1500m (2010)

How Do We Explore?
Online Professional Development

Jan 24 - Feb 11, 2011

eSchool News Awards "Site of the Week"
(see below)

Join NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) for the latest professional development opportunity for educators based upon the voyages of NOAA’s new ship and America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration, the Okeanos Explorer. This offering introduces the second volume of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, How Do We Explore?. Topics include searching for anomalies, selecting sites for exploration, communication tools, telepresence technology, mapping techniques, water column study and operating remotely-operated vehicles. This course contains inquiry-based lessons for all grade-levels, and facilitated online reflective conversations about how we approach the study of our largely unexplored ocean.

Participants will include formal and informal educators, ocean explorers, scientists, and other interested members of the public. There will be opportunities to engage with ocean explorers and other participants. The How Do We Explore? lessons, a wealth of other supporting resources, and optional graduate extension credit will be provided.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr. Steve Hammond, Chief Scientist, NOAA OER
  • Lieutenant Nicola VerPlanck, Operations Officer, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer
  • Catalina Martinez, NOAA OER Regional Manager and Expedition Coordinator
  • Mashkoor Malik, Physical Scientist, NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, NOAA OER
  • Sharon L. Walker, Oceanographer, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
  • Dr. Edward Baker, Supervisory Oceanographer, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
  • Dave Lovalvo, Founder/Owner, Eastern Oceanics; Adjunct Professor, Institute for Exploration; ROV Team Lead, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

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eSchool Award

1/25/11 Announcement from eSchool News

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College of Exploration

Options for Graduate Extension Credit or Professional Development Certificate of Completion

This professional development event is free for all participants and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An optional free certificate of Completion is available to reflect 15 hours of Professional Development. Details will be available during the event. Educators will also have the option to earn one graduate extension credit ($100) from California State University at Fullerton. Syllabus: Click here for Syllabus as PDF; and Registration for Graduate Extension Credit (Registration - Click here for PDF - to print).

Last update: 12-21-10