Aerial view of the red DriX uncrewed surface vehicle moving through the water in a curve pattern.

The 2022 OECI Technology Integration Challenge aboard the E/V Nautilus brought together four teams of scientists, engineers, and explorers to test the potential of cooperating uncrewed vehicles. The results are nothing short of spectacular.

Alexandra Padilla and Liz Weidner-Reed pose together outside of Chase Ocean Engineering Lab.

Ph.D. candidates Alex Padilla and Liz Reed-Weidner made time to establish the Ocean Mapping and Engineering Geoscience URGE Pod at UNH. For these women, it's personal. Alex hopes for a place where any student of any race "can walk into a place and feel that there is a safe, inclusive space for them." Learn more about URGE at UNH in the latest issue of Spark, the UNH research review. 

Still image of the red DriX USV at sea with parts labeled.

The DriX USV is currently at sea as part of the the OECI-sponsored Technology Integration expedition. Click through to view a video produced by Nautilus Live that gives a wonderful introduction to the vehicle and explains how it is used to further ocean mapping. 

Poster showing survey answers in the form of pie charts and bar graphs.

For their class project, this semester's Spatial Analysis students surveyed the general public and ocean professionals about their priorities regarding ocean mapping. See their poster for the results of their survey.

Still from video of Larry Mayer speaking during panel discussion.

Earlier this week, CCOM director Larry Mayer took part in Meridian International's 2022 Diplomacy Forum: Statecraft in the Evolving Frontiers: Ocean, Arctic and Space. Click through to watch the video of Larry's panel discussion, "Ocean Alliance and Governance: A Rising Tide for Maritime Diplomacy."

CCOM/JHC in the News

UNH Today
Apr. 20, 2022

CCOM Research Professor Jennifer Miksis-Olds comments on new UNH/Vineyard collaboration that will deploy underwater acoustic devices intended to record ambient ocean sounds and vocalizations from dolphins, whales and other mammals in the vicinity of  Martha’s Vineyard.

Directions Magazine
Apr. 14, 2022

The addition of the DriX USV to the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute's available mapping technology will further NOAA Ocean Exploration's mission.

Mar. 23, 2022

CCOM director Larry Mayer is heading up a new endeavor—Project NEMO. This effort, part of Seabed 2030, will use autonomous technology to map the ocean in one of the most remote locations on Earth.

Upcoming and Recent Seminars

Alexandra Padilla
Doctoral Dissertation Defense

Ocean Engineering

Friday, May. 27, 2022, 9:00am
Aditi Tripathy
Master's Defense

Ocean Engineering

Thursday, May. 12, 2022, 10:00am
Dr. Kelly Benoit-Bird
Senior Scientist & Research Chair


Friday, May. 6, 2022, 3:10pm

Recent Publications

Chiaki Okada; Dulap Ratnayake; Elaina O'Brien; Elias Adediran; Nicki Andreasen; Sally Jarmusz; Sara Cardigos
Erica Spain; Geoffroy Lamarche; Vanessa Lucieer; Sally Watson; Yoann Ladroit; Erin Heffron; Arne Pallentin; Joanne M. Whittaker
Zeeshan Saeed; Elizabeth Weidner; Blair A. Johnson; Tracy L. Mandel

Spotlight on...

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.