Atlantic Canyons Undersea Mapping 2012 Expeditions
Between February and August 2012, a team of NOAA and external partners will conduct a mapping ‘blitz’ focused on deepwater canyons off the northeastern seaboard.
During this this series of five Atlantic Canyons Undersea Mapping Expeditions, scientists on three NOAA ships will gather baseline information, mapping priority frontier areas along the continental shelf and slope along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States, from Virginia to Rhode Island.
Mission Plan and Summaries
Click images or links below for summaries from the five expeditions that are part of the Atlantic Canyons Undersea Mapping effort.
The 2012 Atlantic Canyons Undersea Mapping Expeditions (ACUMEN) field efforts finished with a deep-sea coral survey cruise aboard NOAA Fisheries Survey Vessel Henry B. Bigelow.
Hassler’s participation in the ACUMEN project was the result of a mutually-beneficial collaboration between NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey (OCS), Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER), and Northeast Fisheries Science Center.
It is often said that we know more about the surface of the moon than we know about the surface of the seafloor. After serving as an intern aboard the Okeanos Explorer during the second expedition of the Atlantic Canyons Undersea Mapping effort, it is hard to argue with this comparison.
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