September 25, 2013
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Aquarium of the Pacific co-authored a report detailing priorities for ocean exploration in the United States. The report was drafted during the first-ever gathering of modern-day ocean explorers. This forum, Ocean Exploration 2020, was held at the Aquarium in July 2013 and organized by NOAA and Aquarium officials.
During the forum, more than 100 explorers, scientists, government officials, industry leaders, and other stakeholders engaged in a lively discussion of exploration priorities, innovative new technologies, how best to share data, partnerships and funding, platforms from which to explore, citizen exploration, and public engagement.
The forum’s sponsoring partners included NOAA, the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, Google, Inc., and Felix Williams and Susan Slavik Williams.
The report details priorities for a national exploration program. It prioritizes geographic areas to be explored and details partnerships, technologies, and other components of this comprehensive national plan. To read the full report, visit aquariumofpacific.org/ocean_exploration_2020_report.