E/V Nautilus is roughly halfway through its mapping transit from San Pedro, California to Honolulu, Hawai’i — a distance equating to approximately 1,500 miles! We are mapping gaps in bathymetry coverage and our acoustic equipment continues to reveal many previously unmapped features, like small seamounts and knolls.
Data collected during transit NA132 will contribute directly to filling in mapping areas in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone southeast of Hawai’i, as well as filling in gaps in international waters as part of Seabed 2030, a collaborative project to map the entire seafloor in the next nine years.
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Our team is not available to answer questions at this time as the operational teams are operating autonomous vehicle dives. We look forward to answering your questions again soon. Thank you for your support!
Mapping to the Hawaiian Islands
E/V Nautilus will transition to conducting operations within the central Pacific for the next several years, starting with a 10-day mapping expedition funded by NOAA Ocean Exploration through the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute. The mapping on this expedition will contribute directly to filling mapping gaps in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) southeast of Hawai’i, and also filling gaps in international waters during the mapping transit. As we move west from North America, we acknowledge the indigenous and local communities of the Pacific Rim and Oceania — including Native Hawaiians, Polynesians, Melanesians, Micronesians, Papuans, and other Pasifika peoples — that have stewarded through generations the ocean, seas, coastlines, and lands of what is now the Pacific Ocean.