About NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research
OER Vision Statement:
NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) catalyzes discovery to transform understanding of the global ocean.
OER 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;
• Engaging and educating audiences in ocean exploration through innovative means.
Exploration advances the breadth of knowledge and Research advances the depth of knowledge. Cutting-edge technologies and methodologies continue to be developed by the men and women dedicated to ocean exploration, but the potential of ocean exploration has only begun to be met. OER is investing in new technologies, in state-of-the-art platforms, undersea vehicles and infrastructure, in data and information management, in transmission networks, in research programs, and in the efforts to inform and educate society on the importance of a National program dedicated to ocean exploration and research. Through its important work, OER will certainly make discoveries and perform breakthroughs to the benefit of all life on Earth.