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NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration & Research

For the past 200 years, NOAA and its predecessor programs have engaged in exploring the world's oceans, creating a rich and varied history. This website reflects the merger of two NOAA programs, NOAA's Undersea Research Program and the Office of Ocean Exploration, to focus the nation's efforts on exploring the still largely unknown global ocean with the most advanced undersea technologies.

Child holding a mutton snapper at the Rosenstiel Marine Lab.


"A society in which citizens understand the importance of the ocean to all life on Earth and are informed and inspired by discoveries that reveal the wonder and mysteries of the ocean."

National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology's Autonomous Undersea Vehicle


"To support NOAA and National objectives by exploring the Earth's largely unknown oceans in all their dimensions for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge, using state-of-the-art technologies in evolutionary and revolutionary ways."

Click the image to launch the OE Expedition Digital Atlas based on Google Map technology.

America's Ship for Ocean Exploration

NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration & Research has published its Ocean Exploration FY09 Announcement of Opportunity.