Office Information and Structure
- Sep 2013: Release Federal Funding Opportunity.
- 2013: Approximately 600,000 lesson plans and expedition education modules (EEMs) were downloaded from oceanexplorer.noaa.gov's Education Materials Webpage.
- 2013: Visits to OER's Education and Outreach website, oceanexplorer.noaa.gov, exceeded 9.8 million, including more than 900,000 visits to live-streaming video from the seafloor during an Okeanos Explorer expedition to the deep-sea canyons off the U.S. Northeastern coast.
- July 2013: With the Aquarium of the Pacific, OER hosted the first National Forum to build a foundation of a National U.S. Exploration Program by 2020.
- May 2013: OER's new remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Deep Discoverer, capable of operating to a depth of 6,000 meters, was first integrated with NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.
- Nov 2012: OER established the Federal inter-agency Task Force on Ocean Exploration and Research Technology and Infrastructure (TFORT) to advance new technology for ocean exploration and research.
- Sep 2012: The 5,000th teacher completed the OER-sponsored Ocean Exploration Workshop for teachers. OER has developed nationwide alliance partnerships with 15 aquariums and science centers to offer ocean science and exploration professional development opportunities to educators.
- Jun 2012: OER coordinates the Atlantic Canyons Undersea Mapping Expeditions (ACUMEN) - a collaborative major field campaign to explore the deepwater canyons along the break of the continental shelf between Virginia and New England.
- May 2011: OER EX Program hosts an Atlantic Basin Workshop to identify exploration targets for the 2012 EX field season.
OER Strategic Plan finalized for FY11-15.
Feb 2011: MOA between OER and URI to develop a systematic program in ocean exploration facilitated by
Summer 2010: INDEX SATAL: Joint Indonesia-U.S. exploration and NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer's (EX) maiden
Jul 2009: Renewed Joint Project Agreement with Dr. Robert Ballard and the Institute for Exploration for
ocean exploration and archaeological oceanography (OE's Rhode Island office established at University of
Rhode Island (URI) in July 2004).
- Mar 2009: Title XII of
Public Law 111-11 (1.3 MB)
authorizes the Ocean Exploration and Undersea Research Center through 2015.
Sep 2008: Smithsonian Sant Ocean Hall opens. OE led 5-year NOAA team to help design, develop and open this 30-year exhibit on
the global ocean.
Aug 2008: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer commissioned as "America's Ship for Ocean Exploration."
- Oct 2007: NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration (OE) merged with NOAA's Undersea Research Program (NURP).
- 2006 and 2007: OE won the Department of Interior's Conservation Award.
- 2006: OE won the National Oceanographic Partnership Program's "Excellence in Partnership Award."
- 2006: A provision on deep-sea corals of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act was based, in part, on the results of OE-sponsored coral expeditions.
- 2004: With the NOAA Arctic Research Office as a co-sponsor, OE conducted the first joint Russian-American Long-Term Census of the Arctic (RUSALCA) expedition.
- 2003: With NOAA's Office of Coast Survey and the University of New Hampshire, OE conducted the first U.S.-Arctic mapping mission related to the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) Project, which has continued to this day.
2001: NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration (OE) was created and conducted its first half-year of operations as a result of a recommendation in the 2000 President's Panel Report that the U.S. undertake a national ocean exploration program.