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Other Expeditions Highlighting WHOI Research

Jurassic Ocean Crust Magnetic Survey 2011 Expedition in the South Pacific

R/V Thomas G. Thompson
November 5 - December 17, 2011
14 scientists, 14 engineers, and 21 crew will sail to the Western Pacific Ocean near 20°N, 160°E to measure the magnetism, bathymetry, gravity, and structure of the Jurassic seafloor to investigate the history of the Earth's geomagnetic field. Maurice Tivey of the Geology and Geophysics Department is co-chief scientist on this cruise.

Sea of Cortez Expedition

New England Aquarium
September 13 to September 17, 2008
This expedition took researchers to the El Bajo Seamount in the Sea of Cortez where they used a submarine to explore deep water diversity


Energy & The Ocean Environment

SEA SSV Corwith Cramer
May 14 - June 16, 2011
Listen to Rich Camilli describe his work aboard the Corwith Cramer during the Sea Education Association's (SEA) Sea Semester.

Lophelia II 2010: Oil Seeps and Deep Reefs

NOAA's Ocean Explorer
October 14 – November 4, 2010
This is the fourth cruise in a four-year project to discover and characterize deep-water coral communities in the Gulf of Mexico, to conduct a variety of experiments and analyses that will help us to predict where other communities will be found, and to understand why we find them where we do.

Chile Margin Expedition: INSPIRE

NOAA's Ocean Explorer
February 24 - March 17, 2010
A diverse team of scientists will be tackling questions about strange new biological life forms, communities, and ecosystems far from the sunlit surface at the Chilean Triple Junction.



RRS James Cook Black Soker Expedition to the East Scotia Ridge

National Oceanography Centre
January 7 - February 21, 2010
This expedition will explore areas of the deep seabed of the Southern Ocean to locate and investigate hot water vents (hydrothermal vents) and cold seeps.

Insite 08: OOI Mapping Cruise

University of Washington
July 22 - July 31, 2008
The primary purpose of the cruise is to create seafloor maps of two areas on the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate that are within the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative.

2007: Exploring the Inner Space of the Celebes Sea

NOAA's Ocean Explorer
September 27 - October 16, 2007
This expedition takes you to unexplored waters south of the Philippine Islands, in search of the strange, and possibly unknown, fishes, jellyfish, squids and shrimp that live in the dark deep waters of the Celebes Sea.

New Zealand American Submarine Ring of Fire 2007 - NZASRoF'07

NOAA's Ocean Explorer
July 28 - August 16, 2007
The New Zealand American Submarine Ring of Fire 2007 expedition explored Brothers submarine volcano, a site of vigorous geothermal activity north of New Zealand along the Kermadec Arc. This expedition marked the most comprehensive exploration of this type of submarine volcano to date.

Project PHAEDRA 2006

NOAA's Ocean Explorer
June 25 - July 4, 2006
A Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Hellenic Center for Marine
Research led team of engineers, geologists, geochemists, archaeologists, and historians embarked on the Greek research vessel Aegaeo to explore deep sites within Greek national waters.

North Atlantic Stepping Stones 2005

NOAA's Ocean Explorer
August 7- September 3, 2005
An expedition that biologically sampled the New England seamount and Corner Rise seamount chain.

The Lost City 2005

NOAA's Ocean Explorer
July 17 - August 4, 2005
This expedition will explore the Lost City Hydrothermal Field (LCHF) 24-hours a day for 10 days using IFE's Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV's) Argus and Hercules and immediately transmitting that data to scientists on-shore.

Exploring Alaska's Seamounts

NOAA's Ocean Explorer
July 30 - August 23, 2004
The 2004 Gulf of Alaska Seamount Expedition used the deep submergence vehicle (DSV) Alvin to explore five large seamounts.


Russian-American Long-term Census of the Arctic (RUSALCA) 2004

NOAA's Ocean Explorer
July 23 - August 24, 2004
This initial cruise is a collaborative U.S.-Russian Federation oceanographic expedition to the Arctic seas regions shared by both countries: the Bering and Chukchi seas.

Mountains in the Sea

NOAA's Ocean Explorer
July 11 - July 19, 2003
With the help of the Alvin submersible, a multidisciplinary team of scientists and educators visited several little known seamounts in the North Atlantic, along with at least one previously unexplored seamount, to study various aspects of deep-sea octocorals and other organisms living on and around the seamounts.

Hudson Canyon Expedition

NOAA's Ocean Explorer
August 27 - September 15, 2002
Hudson Canyon Expedition
2002 allowed investigators from four academic insitutions and two governmental agencies to map a significant portion of the slope and
rise to the east and west of the Hudson Canyon.

Submarine Ring of Fire 2002 - Explorer Ridge

NOAA's Ocean Explorer
June 28 - July 11, July 23 - August 5, 2002
An interdisciplinary exploration team of U.S. and Canadian scientists used new seafloor mapping systems, an autonomous vehicle, and a remotely operated vehicle to investigate the birth of new ocean crust off the coast of western North America.

Deep East Expedition

NOAA's Ocean Explorer
September 8 - October 1, 2001
The deep submergence vehicle Alvin, was used explore new resources and deep-sea frontiers off the U.S. East Coast


Voyage to the Deep

University of Delaware
January 13 - January 19, 2000
On this expedition, scientists descended 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles) to the seafloor aboard the deep-sea sub Alvin to explore hydrothermal vents in the Sea of Cortés off the west coast of Mexico.