What is the Deep Connection?
The Deep Connections 2019: Exploring Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts of the United States and Canada (EX1905 Legs 1 and 2) is a two-part, telepresence-enabled ocean exploration expedition to collect critical baseline information about unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas of the U.S. and Canadian Atlantic continental margin. As with previous NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer expeditions, NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research works closely with a variety of partners to address priorities put forward by scientists and managers from the U.S. and Canada as well as international working groups supporting Seabed 2030, the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program.
Priorities for this Years Exploration
Priorities for exploration included submarine canyons, seamounts, slope habitats, deep-sea coral and sponge habitats, fish habitats, marine managed areas, submarine landslides, and other potential geohazards. Mapping data collected during this expedition will fill data gaps in the region and will contribute to Seabed 2030 goals for mapping unexplored regions of Earth’s ocean.