Still image of the red DriX USV at sea with parts labeled.

The DriX USV is currently at sea as part of the the OECI-sponsored Technology Integration expedition. Click through to view a video produced by Nautilus Live that gives a wonderful introduction to the vehicle and explains how it is used to further ocean mapping. 

Poster showing survey answers in the form of pie charts and bar graphs.

For their class project, this semester's Spatial Analysis students surveyed the general public and ocean professionals about their priorities regarding ocean mapping. See their poster for the results of their survey.

Still from video of Larry Mayer speaking during panel discussion.

Earlier this week, CCOM director Larry Mayer took part in Meridian International's 2022 Diplomacy Forum: Statecraft in the Evolving Frontiers: Ocean, Arctic and Space. Click through to watch the video of Larry's panel discussion, "Ocean Alliance and Governance: A Rising Tide for Maritime Diplomacy."

Polar bear stands in a snowfield.

CCOM director Larry Mayer is now one of the 173 leading polar scientists who make up the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research. The Academy's strategic vision is to “advance state-of-the-art polar for sustainable development and the benefit of humanity.” Congratulations, Larry! 

Split image with photo of the Saildrone at sea and a rendered image of bathymetry of the seafloor.

In this article from Ground Truth, Larry Mayer and CCOM alum Rachel Medley, chief of NOAA's Expeditions and Exploration Division, discuss the importance of fully mapping the earth's oceans as soon as possible, and how autonomous technologies will contribute to the effort.

CCOM/JHC in the News

UNH Today
Apr. 20, 2022

CCOM Research Professor Jennifer Miksis-Olds comments on new UNH/Vineyard collaboration that will deploy underwater acoustic devices intended to record ambient ocean sounds and vocalizations from dolphins, whales and other mammals in the vicinity of  Martha’s Vineyard.

Directions Magazine
Apr. 14, 2022

The addition of the DriX USV to the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute's available mapping technology will further NOAA Ocean Exploration's mission.

Mar. 23, 2022

CCOM director Larry Mayer is heading up a new endeavor—Project NEMO. This effort, part of Seabed 2030, will use autonomous technology to map the ocean in one of the most remote locations on Earth.

Upcoming and Recent Seminars

Aditi Tripathy
Master's Defense

Ocean Engineering

Thursday, May. 12, 2022, 10:00am
Dr. Kelly Benoit-Bird
Senior Scientist & Research Chair


Friday, May. 6, 2022, 3:10pm
Dr. Theresa Oehmke
Postdoctoral Scholar

UNH Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

Friday, Apr. 29, 2022, 3:10pm

Recent Publications

Chiaki Okada; Dulap Ratnayake; Elaina O'Brien; Elias Adediran; Nicki Andreasen; Sally Jarmusz; Sara Cardigos
Erica Spain; Geoffroy Lamarche; Vanessa Lucieer; Sally Watson; Yoann Ladroit; Erin Heffron; Arne Pallentin; Joanne M. Whittaker
Zeeshan Saeed; Elizabeth Weidner; Blair A. Johnson; Tracy L. Mandel

Spotlight on...

An open-source project — jointly steered by AusSeabed, NOAA OCS and UNH CCOM — has recently released the first version of QAX, an innovative tool to facilitate quality assurance of seabed mapping data.