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Sharing Ocean Exploration Data

Drawing upon years of experience managing the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) expedition data, and employing expertise from across the agency, OER’s data management practices deliver rapid and unrestricted data access, facilitate efficient and effective long-term data preservation, support resource management decisions, and inspire further exploration and research.

Data collections typically include oceanographic and geophysical parameters, video, images, documents, and other information, provided in a range of data formats. Data collection methods and processing steps are fully documented and published for easy data discovery and access and to ensure long-term data stewardship. Information collected aboard NOAA’s exploration flagship vessel, the Okeanos Explorer , is publicly available within 60-90 days after the end of a mission. The OER Data Management Team has developed best practices and tools for the Okeanos Explorer data management that can be applied to all expeditions so that the data are made available to the public as soon as possible. Timelines for data release from other types of OER-sponsored expeditions will vary to meet the needs of exploration partners.

Ocean Exploration Digital Atlas Download One-Pager

Link to NOAA Ocean Digital Atlas

The OER Digital Atlas is a searchable, interactive map that displays an overview of OER-sponsored expeditions. Each color-coded dot on the map gives users access to unique, expedition-specific collections of data and related information. Visit the OER Digital Atlas often for new data releases and information updates.







Okeanos Explorer Atlas

Link to Okeanos Explorer Ship Tracker Map

The Okeanos Explorer Atlas is a mapping tool that provides information about expeditions conducted aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. While the ship is underway, data collected and processed in near real-time is visualized with non-mission specific data.









OER Video Portal

Link to OER Video Portal

The OER Video Portal is a unique search engine that provides access to thousands of hours of video data collected from the Okeanos Explorer’s deep submergence vehicles. Users can stream video, download web-resolution versions, and place an order for the same video in its full, broadcast-quality resolution.










OER's Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide

OER's Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide

The OER's Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide is a unique search engine that provides access to thousands of hours of video data collected from the Okeanos Explorer’s deep submergence vehicles. Users can stream video, download web-resolution versions, and place an order for the same video in its full, broadcast-quality resolution.




Bibliometric Analysis

The NOAA Central Library performs a summary-level bibiometric analysis on the known peer-reviewed journal articles produced as a result of research catalyzed by OER. This report is updated on a quarterly basis.

Special Data Requests

Please submit this data request form to contact the OER Data Management Team for assistance in locating specific OER data or information.