UNH mascot Gnarlz( in wildcat costume head and UNH hockey jersey) poses with ODD sign in front of a monitor showing a bathymetric projection of a sandbox.

Ocean Discovery Day 2023 was a rousing success! Over the course of two days, approximately 2,500 people visited Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory and enjoyed more than 44 different exhibits. There was undeniable energy throughout the two days with so many curious minds learning more about our oceans, coastlines, and estuaries. 

The red DriX ASV departing from its launch cradle with the E/V Nautilus behind.

Larry Mayer gives an overview of the OECI Multi-Vehicle Exploration expedition aboard the E/V Nautilus and highlights how recent upgrades to the ASV DriX that make it a key component of multi-vehicle ocean exploration.

The red tower of the DriX shows above its gray metal launch cradle.

The DriX joins WHOI's AUV Mesobot and the Univ. of Rhode Island's Deep Autonomous Profiler on the E/V Nautilus for the OECI Multi-Vehicle Exploration cruise around the Geologists Seamounts south of the Main Hawaiian Islands. ASV team leader Val Schmidt gives an update on what's new with DriX this year. 

NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad toured CCOM's facilities during a visit to UNH to announce the expansion of NOAA and UNH's 24-year mapping partnership with a new Center of Excellence for Operational Ocean and Great Lakes Mapping.

As part of her GEBCO experience, recent program graduate Daina Mathai sailed on the NOAA vessel Bay Hydro II as it mapped the St. Mary's River, using an Echoboat 240 USV for the most shallow areas. The St. Mary's hadn't been thoroughly mapped since 1974 so the data they captured during this survey will be used to update NOAA's charts.

CCOM/JHC in the News

Seabed 2030 Press Release
Oct. 31, 2023

On behalf of Seabed 2030, CCOM Associate Director Brian Calder accepted the Excellence in Improving the Image of Yachting Award last week at the International Superyacht Society (ISS) Design and Leadership Awards Gala in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 

Defense News
Sep. 21, 2023

CCOM's Tara Hicks Johnson spoke with U.S. Navy Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Lisa Franchetti about the Robonation SeaPerch underwater remotely operated vehicle kit on display during the 26th International Student Robotic Submarine (RoboSub) competition on Aug. 2, 2023.

UNH Today
Sep. 21, 2023

Center of Excellence for Operational Ocean and Great Lakes Mapping expands partnership.

Upcoming and Recent Seminars

Katie Kirk
Doctoral Dissertation Defense


Monday, Dec. 4, 2023, 2:00pm
Tom Lippmann

Earth Sciences and Ocean Engineering

Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, 3:10pm
Dr. Maddie Smith
Assistant Scientist

Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, 3:10pm

Recent Publications

Martin Jakobsson; Larry A. Mayer
Benjamin J. Stablow; Thomas E. Lovejoy; Jennifer L. Salerno; Thomas C. Wood; Jennifer A. Dijkstra; Mashkoor A. Malik; Esther C. Peters

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.