The report is the result of Ocean Exploration 2020, the first-ever forum gathering more than 100 ocean explorers and other experts.
The gathering was held at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific and organized by NOAA and aquarium officials.
The report sets priorities on geographic areas to be explored and details partnerships, technologies, and other components of this comprehensive national plan. The full report is now available here.
NOAA officials and Aquarium leadership plan to share the report with policymakers at the national level.
“It is an honor to co-author a report that will help define the future of ocean exploration and lead to the nation’s first comprehensive ocean exploration program,” said Dr. Jerry Schubel, Aquarium of the Pacific president.
Participating organizations involved with the report include:
- Aquarium of the Pacific
- Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration
- Schmidt Ocean Institute
- Google, Inc.
- Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
- National Geographic Society
- National Research Foundation
- Ocean Exploration Trust
- Roddenberry Foundation
- U.S. Geological Survey and
- U.S. Department of State.
While the health and our understanding of the ocean are connected to the health of our nation’s economy, 95 percent of our ocean remains unexplored, scientists say.
However, experts hope that will change with the release of this national report, scientists say.
“The interest, enthusiasm and innovative thinking of the participants will most assuredly help set the foundation for a true national program of ocean exploration that combines the talents of individuals working in multiple government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector,” said NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Acting Director John McDonough.