NOAA Ocean Exploration is the only federal organization dedicated to exploring the global ocean. NOAA Ocean Exploration works with partners to explore the ocean to make discoveries of scientific, economic, and cultural value; support innovations in exploration tools and capabilities; and encourage the next generation of ocean explorers, scientists, and engineers to pursue careers in ocean exploration and related fields. The data and information collected during expeditions and the research we support are publicly available, giving resource managers, the academic community, and the private sector the information they need to identify, understand, and manage ocean resources for this and future generations of Americans. We are also actively working with partners to expand the national ocean exploration program.