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As part of National Ocean Month, USGS has launched a new web application that allows users and the public to explore a trove of geohazard, ecosystem, and resource data from the deep ocean and continental margin off the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington.

These data were collected through a multi-year, multi-institution cooperative research campaign known as EXPRESS, or Expanding Pacific Research and Exploration of Submerged Systems. Spanning the deep-sea areas of California, Oregon, and Washington, including the continental shelf and slope, EXPRESS data and information are intended to guide wise use of living marine resources and habitats, inform ocean energy and mineral resource decisions, and improve offshore hazard assessments.

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Expanding Pacific Research and Exploration of Submerged Systems (EXPRESS) is an inter-agency federal and nonfederal collaborative research effort aimed at gathering new data of the deep ocean, continental shelf and slope offshore of California, Oregon and Washington. This expansive partnership includes three federal agencies and additional principle investigators from leading research institutes. By capitalizing on the complementary capabilities of our collective assets, EXPRESS is helping to provide a foundation of publicly accessible data and information products to spur further ocean exploration, research, and management. Listen to the audio-described version.

“With the new EXPRESS Data Viewer, for the first time the breadth of EXPRESS data is showcased in one cohesive place: a publicly viewable ArcGIS Online web application,” said Jane Rudebusch, a USGS contractor at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center who built the Data Viewer. “This is a big deliverable for our inter-agency team, which includes three federal agencies (USGS, NOAA, and BOEM) and the leading oceanographic research institute, MBARI.” 

By capitalizing on complementary capabilities of the team’s assets, EXPRESS is helping to provide a foundation of publicly accessible data and information products to spur further ocean exploration, research, and management.

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