Start of the 2016 Field Season

NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research has begun 2016 ocean exploration missions on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. The first expedition will transit from San Francisco, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, and finish with calibration of new sonars near Hawaii. The primary goals of the expedition include: exploratory ocean mapping; shakedown, testing, and calibration of existing and newly installed equipment; and positioning the ship for the 2016 exploration missions in the central and western Pacific Ocean. New equipment in need of shakedown testing includes a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) antenna, four EK 60 split-beam sonars, two new Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs), and an UnderwayCTD. Stay tuned for more information!


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