Exploration advances the breadth of knowledge and Research advances the depth of knowledge.
Vision Statement: The Office of Ocean Exploration and Research catalyzes discovery to transform understanding of the global ocean.
Mission Statement: OER explores the ocean to enhance research, policy and management decisions, to develop new lines of scientific inquiry, and to advise NOAA and the Nation on critical issues by:
- Leading partnerships to accomplish national ocean exploration goals;
- Conducting interdisciplinary baseline characterizations of unknown or poorly-known ocean areas, processes, and resources;
- Increasing the pace, scope, and efficiency of exploration and research to improve the technical capability of the United States marine science community; and
- Engaging and educating audiences in ocean exploration through innovative means.
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