Exploration Tools: Mapping – GIS: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

Hellen Wadman

A GIS (geographic information system) is an unconventional tool for ocean exploration. It is neither a physical device nor a submersible technology that comes into direct contact with the water. A GIS cannot take us any deeper into the oceans, but it can take us further in terms of our understanding, because of the way it gathers and analyzes information. Given enough data, a GIS can, in fact, create a

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NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

Hellen Wadman

While approximately 20% of the seafloor has been mapped to modern standards, only about 5% of the ocean has actually been explored.

Sometimes menacing, sometimes serene, there’s still so much to be learned about our ocean and what lies beneath its surface. Image courtesy of Art Howard, Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2019 Southeastern U.S. Deep-sea Exploration. Download image (jpg, 9.9 MB).

The

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