Experts to preview Monitor National Marine Sanctuary shipwreck expedition

A large boom filled with a brown cargo box is hanging over the ocean while two tug boats wait in the background. A helicopter can also be seen in the sky.
NOAA and the U.S. Navy raised the USS Monitor's gun turret on August 5, 2002. (NOAA)
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Video: May 3 virtual media briefing to preview Monitor National Marine Sanctuary shipwreck expedition.

 

On Tuesday, May 3, NOAA and research partners will provide the media with a preview of an upcoming mission to document the USS Monitor and other notable shipwrecks off the North Carolina coast that represent our nation’s naval innovation from the Civil War to World War II. This will be the first in-depth, multidisciplinary survey of the Monitor since NOAA and the Navy recovered the iconic ship’s gun turret in 2002.

From May 15 through May 25, the public can tune in as NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary partners with the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration offsite link, NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology to conduct the “Valor in the Atlantic” shipwreck expedition. The mission will use state-of-the-art underwater drones and other technologies to explore historic shipwrecks within and surrounding Monitor National Marine Sanctuary in the waters off North Carolina, and understand the role they now play as living reefs. With NOAA Ship Nancy Foster as the research platform, the expedition will be live-streamed in real time to the public. Media representatives will be able to ask questions about the expedition.

WHAT

Virtual media preview of NOAA’s “Valor in the Atlantic” shipwreck expedition

WHEN

May 3, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET

WHO

  • Tane Casserley, Lead scientist, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
  • Chris Taylor, Research Ecologist, NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
  • Karl McLetchie, Mechanical Engineer, Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration  
  • Chris Southerly, Deputy State Archaeologist - Underwater, North Carolina Office of State Archaeology

HOW

GoToWebinar: The briefing will be followed by a Q&A session. An accompanying news release will be issued at the start of the webinar. 

NOTE: For credentialed reporters only. 

Interested reporters must register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3940065155684142091 offsite link

To participate in the Q&A portion of the media briefing, please be sure to register using your full name and media affiliation. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please do not share your invite link with anyone, it is unique to you.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Monitor National Marine Sanctuary webpage

Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration webpage offsite link

 

Media contacts

Jennie Lyons, jennie.lyons@noaa.gov, (202) 603-9372

Vernon Smith, vernon.smith@noaa.gov, (240) 638-6447

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Video: May 3 virtual media briefing to preview Monitor National Marine Sanctuary shipwreck expedition.