Atlantic Canyons Undersea Mapping 2012 Expeditions

Background Information

The essays below will help you to understand the goals and objectives of the mission and provide additional context and information about the places being explored and the science, tools, and technologies being used.

  • Mission Plan

    By Martha Nizinski, LCDR Marc Moser, Jeremy Potter

    Three NOAA ships are directly involved with the Atlantic Canyons Undersea Mapping 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.

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  • Enhancing Scientific Decision Making through Federal-State Partnerships

    By Janet Krenn

    Mashkoor Malik discusses the various types of data that are being collected by various NOAA ships as part of the Atlantic Canyons Undersea Mapping Expeditions (ACUMEN) project.

    Data and information about deep waters are so important that representatives from 15 federal and state organizations are following the successes of the Atlantic Canyons Undersea Mapping Expeditions (ACUMEN) project. This federal-state collaboration is putting usually difficult and expensive to obtain data about the seafloor directly into the hands of state management agencies and regional organizations.

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  • Deepwater Canyons: Why We Care

    By Martha Nizinski

    This single collection from a suction sampler includes several different types of deep coral.

    Deepwater canyons are prominent features off the coast of the eastern United States, beginning at the edge of the continental shelf and with some extending down the continental slope to the abyssal plain. Over 70 named canyons of various sizes have been discovered in this region, ranging from large, deeply incised canyons that can be thousands of meters deep to smaller, shallower canyons of less than 1,000 meters.

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