January 19, 2022

STEM: NOAA Launches Deep Sea Expeditions Video Portal, Stream Video Online

From National Center For Environmental Information (NCEI) & NOAA:

Since 2010, NOAA has recorded and archived thousands of hours of video from expeditions conducted aboard the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer, the only federally funded U.S. ship assigned to systematically explore our largely unknown ocean.

A joint initiative between NCEI and the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) has created access to the video archives from Okeanos Explorer called the OER Video Portal.

Featuring expeditions from the Mariana Trench to the Puerto Rican Seamounts, the portal shares incredible video of never-before-seen underwater locations, geological features, marine life, and historical artifacts.

Video data from Okeanos Explorer expeditions soon dwarfed the volume of other ocean data being collected by the vessel.



The OER Video Portal’s self-service model makes it simple for users to search the video collection by date, dive site, cruise, depth, and geographic coverage. Users can stream and download selected video segments, and, if desired, place an order for online delivery of the same segments in full, broadcast-quality resolution. Video files have been segmented into 5-gigabyte chunks (roughly 5-minute video clips) for optimal storage and faster download.

High-definition cameras onboard the Okeanos Explorer’s two-body ROV system capture the seemingly alien biology and geology of the deep sea down to nearly four miles in depth.

One camera onboard ROV Deep Discoverer is capable of zooming in on a three-inch organism from ten feet away. Data collected by these ROV cameras exhibit ocean life to the world: both as a live, internationally televised feed during initial collection and as an archived dataset.

Direct to Video Portal

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