This page has a summary of all expeditions on this web site, in reverse chronological order.
Reef Assessment and Monitoring (RAMP) September - October 2007
Maritime archaeology, predator tracking and tagging,
and invertebrate studies (August-September 2007)
health, ecosystem connectivity, mapping, deep-sea
time-lapse cameras, predator tagging and corraline
algae (July 2007)
of Marine Life, Census of Coral Reefs Expediton to French
Frigate Shoals (October 2006)
Benthic Habitat Mapping, Maritime Archaeology, and
Education Expedition, June-July 2006
NWHI Ecosystem Connectivity, Apex Predator Movement, and
Coral Health Assessment Expedition, May-June 2006
Reef Assessment and Monitoring (RAMP) 2005
September through October 6th 2005, the NOAA (National
and Atmospheric Administration) Ship Hi`ialakai ("embracing the pathways of the sea," pictured
to left), will be conducting reef assessment and monitoring
in the Northwestern
Hawaiian Islands. The expedition includes multi-beam mapping,
reef assessment and monitoring and ecosystem connectivity
missions. During the expedition, David Nichols, a biologist
with the State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural
Co-managed Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine
Sanctuary, will be sending updates back from the vessel.
Updates from the vessel are posted on
this expedition site.
NWHI 2005 Education Expedition
NOAA's first-ever dedicated education voyage! From August 12-21st, Hawai`i educators will learn about the natural and human history of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the challenges of restoration and resource management, and develop and implement curriculum in their classrooms. Updates from the vessel and post-trip educational resources are being posted on this expedition site.
Maritime Archaeology, Ecosystem Connectivity, Mapping and
Coral Disease Expedition 2005
the latest expedition to the NWHI. On May 20th the NOAA Research
Vessel Hi'ialakai departed Honolulu for a 24 day research
expedition to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. This expedition
will focus on maritime archaeology, ecosystem connectivity,
coral disease and mapping. Updates from the vessel are posted
on this expedition site.
NWHI RAMP 2004 Scientific Expedition
NOAA ship Hi`ialakai is in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
from September 13, 2003 until October 17, 2004 to evaluate
and map shallow water reef habitats. An on-board science education
representative is posting daily reports and articles on
this expedition site.
Spring of 2004 the Polynesian Voyaging Society's double-hulled
will be traveilling up the NWHI chain to Kure Atoll as
of a statewide sail to promote the Navigating Change project.
Click here learn
more about Navigating Change and how you can get involved!
2002 - returned October 7, 2002
HURL 2002 -
returned October 4, 2002
research vessels journeyed to the NWHI for the purpose
of collecting more scientific information
about the area. Rapid Ecological Assesments (REA), oceanographic
studies, deep sea studies, maritime archaeology, coral
algal studies, marine mammal population evaluations and many
other studies were conducted. Scientific research is not
important for understanding and appreciating the complex
ecosystems of this area, but it is critical in providing
needed to manage this area and learn how to preserve it.
journal articles and videos from one of the research expeditions
that explored this vast marine
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring
Program (NOWRAMP) began in 2000 with the mission to
rapidly evaluate and map the shallow water reef habitats in
Utilizing two research vessels Rapture and R/V Townsend
Cromwell, researchers spent 30 days at sea visiting each
of the ten major slands, atolls and reefs in the remote region
of the Hawaiian archipelago. To follow their trip, a combined
sail schedule can be found
two-vessel research expedition hosted a number of scientific
Ecological Assessments (REA) of a variety of habitats throughout
and TOAD (Tethered Optical Assessment Device) Surveys to
obtain quick assessments of habitat over large areas
Studies (including bird and plant surveys and insect studies)
monitoring and hyperspectral imaging
and shallow water REA surveys
disease and bleaching
Archaeology and History
time sonar measurements to accurately map the seafloor habitats
water and deep ocean CTD surveys
Habitat Classification Surveys
of mooring, sea surface temperature buoys and Ocean Data
of satellite tracked surface current drifters
and documentation teams help bring the wonders of this remote
ocean region home to people like you who are interested in
learning more and helping to care for this special coral reef
vessels involved in NOWRAMP 2002 departed Honolulu on
8 and returned on October 7,2002.
here to join the expedition.
here to see a report from NOWRAMP 2000 (PDF file, 2.6
Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) was established by the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National
Undersea Research Program (NURP) and the University
of Hawaii. Its mission is to study deep water marine
processes in the Pacific Ocean.
2002 HURL performed deep sea dives on several banks and seamounts
in the NWHI, including Raita Bank, Brooks Bank, Northampton
Bank and St. Rogatien Bank. A schedule of their 2002 dive
operations can be found here.
The purpose of these dives is to evaluate bottomfish
populations in these areas, all of which, except Northampton,
have been designated as Reserve
Preservation Areas in the Northwestern
Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve. They also
assessed the role of precious coral beds as foraging grounds
for Hawaiian monk seals.
expedition departed from Honolulu, HI September 8, 2002 and
returned Octover 4, 2002. Click
here to join the expedition.
here to see video clips from
HURL's previous dives in the NWHI.