Dr. Arne-R. Diercks (NIUST, University of Southern Mississippi): A dive into the deep Gulf of Mexico - NIUST's Deep Sea AUV's
The National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology (NIUST) a cooperation between USM and UM, located at the UM Biological Field Station, operates two autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) "Eagle Ray" and "Mola Mola", that are primarily tasked with performing seafloor surveys at depths down to 2000 m. Currently the vehicles are used in support to study the effects of the 2010 Macondo Oil Spill after the explosion of the Deep Water Horizon Drilling Platform, one of the largest oil spills in US history. The vehicle group is taking part in a research consortium (ECOGIG) funded by BP through the Gulf of Mexico Research Institute (GoMRI) to produce high resolution bottom maps of natural oil seeps on the continental slope of the northern Gulf of Mexico. A presentation of our operations using these vehicles at depths with pressures reaching 200 times that at sea level, producing data at a resolution impossible to obtain from the sea surface will be the general topic throughout this presentation. Remember --we know less about Earth's deep sea than we know about the surface of the moon....
November 19, 2013, Lusa Pastry Café, 6pm - 7pm.