Mission Plan
Mission Plan

Seafloor Mapping
Seafloor Mapping

 

Primary target areas for the Deep-water Mid-Atlantic Canyons project are in and around the Norfolk, Washington, Accomac and Baltimore canyons. Yellow and pink stars are locations where deep sea corals were previously identified. Green, blue, and red circles are locations of previous submersible dives.

Primary target areas for the Deep-water Mid-Atlantic Canyons project are in and around the Norfolk, Washington, Accomac and Baltimore canyons. Yellow and pink stars are locations where deep sea corals were previously identified. Green, blue, and red circles are locations of previous submersible dives. Click image for larger view and image credit.

Deep-Water Mid-Atlantic Canyons Exploration 2011

June 4-17, 2011

Steve W. Ross, Ph.D
Research Professor
UNC-W, Center for Marine Science

Sandra Brooke, Ph.D
Director of Coral Conservation
Marine Conservation Institute

Rod Mather, Ph.D
Professor
University of Rhode Island

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The Deep-water Mid-Atlantic Canyons Project represents a major systematic exploration of submarine canyons on the continental margin of the eastern United States. Funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), our diverse team of scientists will investigate deepwater canyons, hard bottom habitats and shipwrecks off Virginia and Maryland. During the project’s first cruise in June of 2011, scientists and technicians onboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster External Link will collect seafloor bathymetry and water column profiles. This cruise is critical for establishing the foundation of information necessary for the planning of multidisciplinary investigations in later years.

The Deep-Water Mid-Atlantic Canyons Exploration 2011
is funded in part by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Click here External Link to see their Blog coverage of the mission.

 

Updates & Logs
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Mission PlanMission Plan Learn why this cruise is critical for establishing the foundation of information necessary for the planning of multidisciplinary investigations in later years.


Seafloor MappingSeafloor Mapping Learn why scientist are trying to understand the role of submarine landslides in tsunami generation and how that affects the shape of the U.S. Atlantic continental margin.


Mission Intro Slideshow camera icon Mission Intro Slideshow View some pictures from the cruise that are representative of this specific exploration.