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NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: 
2016 Field Season Overview
The 2016 field season marks the second year of the Campaign to Address Pacific monument Science, Technology, and Ocean NEeds (CAPSTONE). CAPSTONE focuses on systematically collecting baseline information to support science and management needs within and around the U.S. Marine National Monuments and other protected places in the Pacific. It also serves as an opportunity for NOAA and the Nation to highlight the uniqueness and importance of these national symbols of ocean conservation.
Throughout the year, telepresence technology will allow you to follow discoveries via the NOAA Ocean Explorer, putting the unexplored ocean directly into your hands.
The yellow box indicates the operating area for the project. The red lines show the approximate location of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone boundaries. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

Map of the planned expedition operating areas. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. 
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument: 
February 23 – March 18, 2016
Scientists imaged this squat lobster on an undescribed genus of bamboo coral (family Isididae) during the 2015 Hohonu Moana Expedition. This new genus of coral was first discovered in 2007 off of Twin Banks in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands/Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2015 Hohonu Moana.

This cruise will continue the 2015 Hohonu Moana Expedition’s exploration of deep-water habitats in and around Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) and will include work on seamounts in the Mid-Pacific Mountains while en route to port in Kwajalein.


Daily ROV dives are planned as we transit to our focus of operations in the northwestern portion of the PMNM. Seamounts, rift zone ridges, and other types of abrupt topography will be targeted due to their likelihood of hosting extensive communities of deep water corals and sponges, as well as likely manganese crust habitats from 1,000-2,500 meters. Limited work is also planned at a potential underwater cultural heritage site.

The expedition will be designed to complement previous work in the region, including work done during the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s 2014 R/V Falkor mapping expedition and previous work by the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Hawaii’s School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology (SOEST) and their deep submergence facility, Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL), and NOAA’s Pacific Islands Benthic Habitat Mapping Center.

Proposed expedition dates and activities include:

February 23 – March 18: ROV, mapping, and telepresence to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and Mid-Pacific Mountains

Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands and Marianas Trench Marine National Monument: April 20 – July 10, 2016
Sulfide chimneys coated with iron-based microbial mat at the Urashima Vent along the Southern Mariana Back-arc spreading center are investigated by the Submarine Ring of Fire 2014 – Ironman expedition team using ROV Jason.
During this series of cruises, Okeanos Explorer will focus on the diversity and distribution of deepwater habitats in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) and Marianas Trench Marine National Monument (MTMNM). Operations are expected to include work at hydrothermal vent sites, mud volcanoes, trench/subduction zone areas, seamounts, and sites of interest to fisheries, including deep-sea coral and bottom fish habitats.

Operations are being designed to complement previous and planned field work in the area, including by NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory’s Earth-Ocean Interactions Program, the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf Project, and Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor expeditions.

Proposed expedition dates and activities include:

April 20 – May 11: ROV, mapping, and telepresence operations focused on the southern part of the CNMI and the MTMNM
May 20 – June 11: Mapping and telepresence focused on the northern part of the CNMI and the MTMNM
June 17 – July 10: ROV, mapping, and telepresence focused on the northern part of the CNMI and the MTMNM

Wake Island Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument: March 23 – April 13 and July 27 – August 19, 2016
Images showing high resolution bathymetry data surrounding Wake Island collected in 2007 by NOAA Ship’s Ahi and Hi’ialakai during cruises AHI-07-01 and HI-07-01. The lower image shows publicly available high-resolution bathymetry acquired using sonars, overlaid on satellite-derived bathymetry. The white line is the boundary of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone and Wake Island part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. The 2016 series of Okeanos Explorer cruises will focus on collecting high-resolution undersea mapping data and imagery of unknown and poorly known deep-water areas within the Monument. Aside from a few transit mapping lines, the data shown around Wake appears to be the only publicly available data in the entire surrounding U.S. EEZ. Depth color bars in both images are in meters.
During this series of cruises, the expedition team will focus on investigating the diversity and distribution of habitats in and around the Wake Island section of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM).

Mapping operations and ROV dives are planned to focus on seamounts and searching for potential underwater cultural heritage sites associated with the World War II Battle of Wake Island. These investigations will include the first look at deep-water habitats and seamounts within the recently expanded Wake Island section of the PRIMNM.

Proposed expedition dates and activities include:

March 23 – April 13: Mapping and telepresence
July 27 – August 19: ROV, mapping, and telepresence
August 25 – September 11: Mapping and telepresence

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