Visualization of the seafloor's detail revealed during a pass of an uncrewed surface vessel's multibeam.

Ahead of the 3rd Session of the International Hydrographic Organization Assembly in Monaco this month, CCOM Director Larry Mayer published an article in the International Hydrographic Review on how uncrewed surface vessels will help usher in a new era of ocean exploration.

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.

CCOM/JHC in the News

May. 20, 2023

In 2018, textile artist Lindsay Olson went to sea with CCOM professor Jen Miksis-Olds to learn about ocean acoustics, leading to her artwork series titled “Sound in the Sea." Lindsay will be Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on World Ocean Day, June 8th, for an “Ask an Expert” event.

Alaska Public Radio
May. 22, 2023

Sam Candio is interviewed about the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer's mapping expedition in the deep waters around Alaska this summer.

Apr. 19, 2023

CCOM Director Larry Mayer comments on a new catalog of seamount maps that could aid in studies of ecology, plate tectonics, and ocean mixing.

Upcoming and Recent Seminars

LTJG Drew Stephens
Benthic Mapping Specialist

Groundfish Assessment Program
Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Friday, May. 5, 2023, 3:10pm
Kaelin Chancey and Liam Pillsbury

Ocean Renewable Power Company

Friday, Apr. 28, 2023, 3:10pm
Ryan Beatley, Dillon Fournier, and Greg Mastin

Naval Undersea Warfare Center

Friday, Apr. 21, 2023, 3:10pm

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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.