Expedition in 60 Seconds: Channel Islands
We're launching our next expedition to explore unsurveyed regions of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary with our partners at NOAA Office of Exploration and Research and University of New Hampshire-Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. A region with complex geologic history, the Channel Islands were once one massive island, eventually separated by rising sea levels after the last Ice Age. Our team is on a mission to locate and document submerged paleo shorelines, in a region known for stunning deep water coral reefs. Learn more about this expedition.
The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) is one of the agencies tasked with the protection of deep-water habitats, commercially important species, and deep sea coral ecosystems around the islands, yet lacks a detailed understanding of the distribution, abundance, and condition of the resources within the Sanctuary. Less than 50% of the seafloor within the CINMS boundaries has been mapped by high-resolution sonar, and the 2016 Nautilus expedition to the same region worked to cut this knowledge gap nearly in half.