MBARI ocean observing systems
Evaluation of the
impact of submarine cables on the seafloor environment
Lead Scientist: Charlie Paull
Engineer: Gene Massion
This is a joint project with NOAA scientists. The primary intention is to investigate the
environmental impact of the ATOC submarine
cable. However, issues that are
associated with all scientific submarine cables, including the MARS cable,
will also be considered.
The fieldwork in 2003 will require dives with ROVs Ventana and Tiburon.
Data from side-scan sonar surveys along the cable route, conducted from R/V Zephyr
in 2002, will be used to select dive ROV sites where the impact of the
cable can be investigated.