In 2024, E/V Nautilus will embark on one of our widest-ranging seasons ever, spending eight months exploring the Central, Eastern, and Western Pacific, mapping unsurveyed seafloor, and bringing new views of never-before-seen seafloor to the world. Join us in characterizing deep-sea habitats through detailed ROV observation, as well as integrating emerging technologies to help accelerate the pace of learning about the ocean. The goals of these expeditions are based on community input from scientists and resource managers as well as from local communities and stakeholders in the regions where the expeditions will take place. 

Our nine 2024 expeditions in Hawaiʻi, American Samoa, US Pacific Remote Islands, Palau, and Canada will contribute to the oceans being better understood by supporting international scientific and U.S. governmental priorities, particularly understanding ocean changes, sharing that knowledge with others, and contributing new discoveries and data that will inform future conservation and resource management decisions. OET will also continue to advance our priorities of education, diversity, and inclusion by creating more opportunities and inclusive programs — both at sea and onshore — ensuring we include and amplify historically marginalized voices in the deep-sea exploration and STEAM communities. 

Through the open sharing of data collected during these expeditions, we will build upon decades of study, stewardship, and discoveries. Mapping and ROV operations in unexplored areas will directly contribute to the US National Strategy for Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization, the Ocean Networks Canada Strategic Plan, and multi-national development of a global high-resolution seafloor map by Seabed 2030, and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The integration of different technologies, including landers and autonomous underwater vehicles, into operations on E/V Nautilus continues to advance national and international priorities for increasing the efficiency and sophistication of multi-vehicle ocean exploration. The 2024 E/V Nautilus expeditions are sponsored by NOAA Ocean Exploration via the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and Ocean Networks Canada.   

Expedition Partners

2024 Nautilus Expeditions

 Mapping the Gaps Northbound
Mapping the Gaps Northbound
May 25 – June 4, 2024
 #ONCAbyss Summer 2024
#ONCAbyss Summer 2024
June 6 – 27, 2024
 Mapping the Gaps Southbound
Mapping the Gaps Southbound
June 29 – July 8, 2024
Ancient Seamounts of Jarvis Island
Ancient Seamounts of Jarvis Island
July 20 – August 6, 2024
Exploring Vailulu’u Seamount
Exploring Vailulu’u Seamount
August 10 – 28, 2024
Exploring the Waters of American Samoa
Exploring the Waters of American Samoa
September 1 – 24, 2024
seafloor mapping
Seafloor Mapping Offshore Howland and Baker Islands
September 28 – October 25, 2024
Exploring Palau National Marine Sanctuary
Lebuu's Voyage I - Palau
October 29 – November 8, 2024
Palau National Marine Sanctuary II
Lebuu's Voyage II - Palau
November 11 – 22, 2024
NA168 E/V Nautilus
Palau to Guam Mapping
November 25 – December 12, 2024

Expedition Map

2024 Expedition Season Map
Ocean Exploration Trust

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