Mapping Shakedown 2021 - EX2101

Vessel: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer; Expedition Dates: April 16, 2021 to May 10, 2021

Ports: Key West, FL to Port Canaveral, FL

Project Principals: Shannon Hoy, NOAA/OAR/OER (Expedition Coordinator); Sam Candio, NOAA/OAR/OER (Mapping Lead)

Mapping Shakedown 2021 Overview Map

Between April 14 and May 10, 2021 EX-21-01 performed the sea acceptance testing of the newly installed Kongsberg EM 304 MKII transmit array, conducted mission readiness of the mapping systems through annual testing and calibration, and mapped unexplored areas of the Blake Plateau. In addition to the EM 304 multibeam sonar objectives, EK60/80 split-beam echosounder objectives included acceptance of the newly installed EK80 38 kHz transducer and calibration of each frequency (18, 38, 70, 120, 200 kHz). Other mission readiness objectives included ensuring functionality of all ancillary equipment, including sound speed profiling equipment, updating and refining procedural documents, and defining new procedures for supporting shore-based processing using the Cloud. EX-21-01 collected 22,187 square kilometers of bathymetry and associated water column data, with 18,773 square kilometers being within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone and Territorial Sea deeper than 200 m.

Expedition Data and Resources

Mapping Summary Report (PDF - 1.59 MB) Open Click to open link
Ship Navigation Data (ASCII) Download Use zip utility to open file
Ship SCS/Sensor Data (ASCII) Download Use zip utility to open file
Ship SCS/Sensor Data (NetCDF) Open NetCDF file format: Special software needed to read

Educational Resources

Education Materials Collection Open Click to open Education Materials

Links to Archived Data and Resources

Physical, Chemical, and Biological Archive Collection Get Data Click to Access Archive
Expedition Metadata Open Click to view Metadata in xml format