Continental margin processes
Project Manager: Bill Ussler
Lead Scientist: Charlie Paull
Researchers will be taking the AUV mapping vehicle to Santa Monica Basin to determine whether authigenic carbonate mounds associated with spectacular gas and fluid venting are associated with fault conduits beneath the seafloor. The group will continue with mapping surveys of Monterey Canyon to detect sediment movement and visits to the canyon on occurrences of extreme events.
MBARI engineers will develop and build a simple self-triggering event detector (STED) that will release a pop-up ARGOS tag from a simple frame on the seafloor in response to canyon events.