Saildrone in the water with green hills of the coast in the background.

The Saildrone Surveyor completed a months-long survey of more than 45,000 km2 of the ocean floor off the California coast and around Alaska’s Aleutian Islands—addressing ocean exploration gaps in remote areas. CCOM is a partner of NOAA’s Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI), which operationally managed the project.

ASV BEN floats serenely in the Rogers City, MI marina with the water reflecting BEN and the sky.

CCOM researchers were on hand with the BEN ASV to assist the world-renowned team that found the pristine shipwreck of the three-masted Ironton, deep in Lake Huron.

Still from Larry Mayer's presentation showing Larry in small frame and his slide on the OECI Tech Challenge in a large frame.

CCOM director Larry Mayer recently presented an overview of CCOM's use of uncrewed surface vehicles for ocean mapping and exploration for the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute. His presentation, "Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI) Multi-vehicle Operations – A UNH Perspective," is now available for on-line viewing. Enjoy!

JHC Co-Director Andy Armstrong co-authored this article for Hydro International about the ever-expanding role of women in NOAA hydrography.

Elias Adediran between two colleagues at the Marine Technology Society booth at the OCEDANS 2022 conference.

CCOM master's student Elias Adediran (center) was selected to be part of the inaugural class of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society’s (IEEE OES) Emerging Leaders in Marine Technology Program (EMERGE). Elias received the appointment at the OCEANS 2022 Conference in Virginia Beach, VA. Congratulations Elias!

CCOM/JHC in the News

Seapower Magazine
Mar. 7, 2023

The Saildrone Surveyor, the world’s largest uncrewed ocean mapping vehicle, surveyed more than 45,000 km2 of previously unknown ocean floor around Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and off the California coast to address ocean exploration gaps in remote areas.

Boston Globe
Mar. 2, 2023

BEN, an autonomous surface vehicle operated by CCOM's ASV Team played a key role in the discovery of the Ironton, a 19th-century shipwreck submerged hundreds of feet in Lake Huron. The discovery, made in 2019, was publicly confirmed after painstaking visual documentation was recently completed.


Mar. 1, 2023

CCOM ASV Team Leader Val Schmidt discusses the discovery of the Ironton in Lake Huron.

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An open-source project — jointly steered by AusSeabed, NOAA OCS and UNH CCOM — has recently released the first version of QAX, an innovative tool to facilitate quality assurance of seabed mapping data.