System display while acquiring submarine canyon mapping data. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Our Deepwater Backyard: Exploring Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts 2014. Download larger version (jpg, 432 KB).
With seven to nine-foot seas and 20+ knots of wind, we unfortunately had to call today’s dive. Okeanos spent the day acquiring mapping data over the submarine canyons in the area with our three sonar systems, an EM302 multibeam system, a Knudsen 3260 subbottom profiler, and an EK60 fisheries sonar. Tonight we will transit to a minor canyon east of Veatch Canyon and will hopefully have good weather for our dive tomorrow.