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Capt craig mclean director office of ocean exploration

CAPT Craig McLean

Director, Office of Ocean Exploration


Collaborators

U.S. Navy, The Mariners’ Museum, USS Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, National Geographic Society, East Carolina University, National Undersea Research Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Sustainable Seas Expeditions, Government of Belize, Government of Mexico, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Institute for Exploration, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve, State of Michigan, National Marine Fisheries Service Alaska Fisheries Science Center (RACE Division), NOAA-University of New Hampshire Center for Coastal Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center, NOAA Ship WHITING, NOAA Ship RUDE, National Marine Fisheries Service Northwest and Southwest Fisheries Science Centers, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Washington State University Vancouver, Oregon State University, Los Angeles County Museum, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, University of Washington, San Francisco State University, National Undersea Research Center at University of Connecticut, University of Maine, College of William and Mary, Georgia Institute of Technology, Louisiana State University, University of South Carolina, College of Charleston, National Undersea Research Center at Rutgers University, SUNY-Stony Brook, U.S. Geological Survey, Ecology Communications, National Marine Sanctuaries System, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, National Undersea Research Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Monterey Bay Aquarium, National Ocean Service, NASA Office of Earth Science, National Undersea Research Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, University of Alaska Fairbanks Institute for Marine Studies, US Navy Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Keyport, Klein Associates, Inc., Triton-Elics International, Quality Positioning Services, Groundfish Forum, B&N Fisheries, Charleston Math and Science Hub, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, University of Maine/Darling Center

Collaborators


Capt craig mclean director office of ocean exploration

Chronology of NOAA Ocean Exploration

  • October 1970: The Stratton Commission

  • October 2000: A U.S. Panel on Ocean Exploration

  • February 2001: NOAA launches $4M Ocean Exploration Program

  • FY2001:Office of Ocean Exploration funds 8 expeditions and projects, launches website

  • President’s budget requests $14M for Ocean Exploration in FY2002


2001 expeditions

Continuing the Lewis and Clark Legacy

22 ROV dives (7 Astoria Canyon, 15 Heceta Bank)

Surveyed 600 sq. nm. with multibeam sonar

thousands of specimens, some previous unknowns

Intertidal mussel found, dated ca. 14,000 years old

USS Monitor

Recovery of 30-ton steam engine

10-year conservation process has begun

Preparations for gun turret recovery in 2002

2001 Expeditions


Capt craig mclean director office of ocean exploration

  • 342 sq. mi. mapped with side scan sonar

  • Imaged 11 known shipwrecks

  • Large sinkholes discovered - some 20m deep

  • Approx. 70 more “targets”

  • Targets will be further explored with ROVs in 2002.


2001 expeditions1

2001 Expeditions


Capt craig mclean director office of ocean exploration

2001 Expeditions

  • Deep East

  • 11 ALVIN dives from Maine to Georgia to depths of 3000m

  • Exploration of deep corals, Hudson Canyon, gas hydrates

  • First observation of gas hydrate formation in a natural setting

  • New animal behaviors observed

  • New anemone depth record

  • Teachers-at-Sea and daily web updates

  • Islands in the Stream

  • >30 Clelia and Johnson-Sea-Link submersible dives

  • Exploring underwater habitats from Belize to Cape Hatteras

  • Thousands of specimens collected and tagged for further research

  • Students and teachers-at-sea and daily web updates


More bang for the buck additional expeditions

S-5

Juno

Titanic

Gorda Ridge

More bang for the buck:Additional Expeditions


Http oceanexplorer noaa gov

http://OceanExplorer.noaa.gov

  • Growth since site launch in April: 30,000%


Ocean exploration 2002

Ocean Exploration 2002

  • Understanding Ocean Acoustics

  • Exploring Ocean Frontiers

  • Finding New Resources

  • Protecting America’s Maritime Heritage

  • The Census of Marine Life

  • Polar regions

  • Gulf of Maine

  • Baja to Bering

  • South Atlantic

  • Bight

  • Northwest Hawaiian Islands

  • Gulf of Mexico


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