NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer is currently out on a mission exploring Mountains in the Deep in the Central Pacific Basin until May 19th. While the location may seem far afield for New York offshore interests, many of the organisms you’ll see are the same or similar to those found in submarine canyons offshore New York.
The NYS Geographic Information Gateway home page now has a button/link in a yellow banner across the top of the page that will take you to NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer public live feed web page. In general, the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) will be on bottom each day somewhere around 4:30 p.m. EDT plus or minus an hour depending on the depth of the day’s dive. It’s fascinating to listen to the Scientist on watch and the ROV Pilot, so turn on your computer speakers or put on some headphones.
While this particular expedition ends on May 19th and we’ll remove the banner button link the next day, there are more expeditions planned throughout the summer and fall at which time we’ll add the banner button link back to the top of the Gateway home page.
Information courtesy of: Gateway Team, Division of Community Resilience and Regional Programs, Office of Planning & Development