5th Trans-Atlantic seabed mapping survey

5th Trans-Atlantic Seabed Mapping Survey

On July 22, 2016, the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance is launching the 5th Trans-Atlantic seabed mapping survey. These surveys support the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation, the goals of which are to join resources of its three signatories to better understand the North Atlantic Ocean, to promote sustainable management of its resources, and to promote citizens’ understanding of the Atlantic through ocean literacy.

The expedition, which will take place from July 22 to August 2 on board the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent, will map the seafloor between Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and Tromso, Norway. The Science Team will be led by Paola Travaglini of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Hydrographic Service. The team will use state-of-the-art deep-water multibeam sonar technology to survey the seabed, and study the physical characteristics of the seafloor as well as other oceanographic data such as temperature, and salinity to better characterize little known areas of the North Atlantic Ocean and build on the work done in July 2015.

Participation will include Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Hydrographic Service, the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping Joint Hydrographic Center and the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Students and early career scientists representing Canada and the United States sailing on board on board CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent are writing daily web logs to chronical the mission. Follow along here to read about updates and reflections on their experiences, the science, technology, and other elements of the expedition as we continue to celebrate our shared Atlantic resource.

Multibeam Mapping Education Resources:

The following links are provided for educators interested in learning more about seafloor mapping and bringing lessons about this exciting technology into their classrooms. 

Wet Maps
Mapping the Deep Ocean Floor
Watching in 3-D
NE US Canyons Expedition 2013: Mytilus Seamount
NE US Canyons Expedition 2013: Cold Seeps
Video on First Collaborative Transatlantic Seabed Mapping Survey -
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: One Million Square Kilometers of Seafloor Mapped Video and Fact Sheet -
Vice Admiral (ret) Shin Tani, co-organiser of the Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping, in Monaco, from 15 to 17 June 2016 on the Importance of Mapping the Ocean Floor

The Ecosystem Approach to Ocean Health and Stressors video
Tuesday, 10 March, 2020 - 16:25
The AORA Working Group on the Ecosystem Approach to Ocean Health and Stressors was formed to promote research to understand the North Atlantic Ocean in support of ecosystem-based management.
Hand in Hand video
Thursday, 5 March, 2020 - 16:34
This ‘Hand in Hand’ video tries to bring alive the spirit and purpose of the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors.
The All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum video
Wednesday, 4 March, 2020 - 17:10
Watch the recording of the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum by clicking on the links for Day 1 and Day 2 of the forum
Out Now: Mariya Gabriel - Launch of the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador Forum
Wednesday, 4 March, 2020 - 16:45
Mariya Gabriel - Launch of the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador Forum in Brussels 6th-7th February 2020
Margaret Rae Leads an Atlantic Action Team
Thursday, 27 February, 2020 - 17:37
Margaret Rae, Director of AORA-CSA, reflects on the success of the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum held in Brussels from 6-7 February 2020.
Can we be well in a sick sea?
Wednesday, 26 February, 2020 - 10:08
Easkey Britton, marine social scientist from the SOPHIE Project, talks to AORA at the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum held in Brussels from 6-7 February 2020. She discusses her thought-provoking presentation entitled, Can We Be Well in a Sick Sea? which explores the impact of the ocean on the health and well-being of communities.
In Conversation with John Bell
Tuesday, 25 February, 2020 - 12:14
John Bell, Director Healthy Planet, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission, talks to AORA at the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum held in Brussels from 6-7 February 2020.
We need to fill the knowledge gaps to build a better picture of the ocean
Monday, 24 February, 2020 - 17:08
Geneviève Béchard, Director General Canadian Hydrographic Service, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, talks to AORA at the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum held in Brussels from 6-7 February 2020. She discusses the achievements of the Galway Statement and the importance of funding and filling knowledge gaps to help build a bigger and better picture of the ocean.
Craig McLean in Praise of the AORA Coordination and Support Action Group
Thursday, 20 February, 2020 - 12:42
Craig McLean, Assistant Administrator for Oceanic & Atmospheric Research and Acting Chief Scientist, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration in the United States, reflects on the North Atlantic Research Alliance’s achievements, and what’s next for North-South collaboration.
All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors Day 3 in Brussels
Thursday, 6 February, 2020 - 16:17
Day three from Brussels focused on a series of high-level workshops attended by AORA partners.
All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors Day 2 in Brussels
Tuesday, 4 February, 2020 - 17:03
The All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors will deliver a presentation at Friday’s All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum.
All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum Day 1
Monday, 3 February, 2020 - 17:07
Our Youth Ambassadors spent the first day of this week preparing for their presentations at The All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum, where they will have the unique opportunity to address 600 science and marine researchers, policy-makers and industry professionals.
Cetacean Observation on the Transatlantic 2017
Monday, 24 April, 2017 - 09:50
A blog written by Hannah Keogh of Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) on the cetacean observation taking place during TRASNA 2017
Day 4 - Aerial Sparks
Friday, 21 April, 2017 - 15:26
Louise Manifold is travelling on board the Celtic Explorer as research for art project Aerial Sparks which aims bring artists, writers and composers together to work on the Marine Institute research vessel The Celtic Explorer.
Day 3 - Multibeam Sonar
Friday, 21 April, 2017 - 15:01
I’m Anthony Klemm, a visiting hydrographer operating Celtic Explorer’s multibeam sonar. I am a lieutenant for the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps), and very excited to participate in this cruise.
RV Celtic Explorer to launch minature Lancer sailboat as part of Transit
Friday, 21 April, 2017 - 12:45
Nine months ago in September 2016, Méabh Ní Ghionnáin, a 9 year old school girl from Droim, Leitir Móir, Galway found the Lancer boat washed ashore on her local beach after it had travelled across the Atlantic as part of a year-long research project that 18 year old Kaitlyn Dow from Connecticut, USA had undertaken.
6th Trans-Atlantic Seabed Mapping Survey – Trasna 2017
Tuesday, 18 April, 2017 - 00:00
On Tuesday 18th of April 2017 at 9.30pm the Irish Research Vessel RV Celtic Explorer left Galway, Ireland to commence the 6th Trans-Atlantic Seabed Mapping Survey – Trasna 2017 on route to St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Blog 7 - Arrival in Tromsø
Wednesday, 3 August, 2016 - 17:28
At 01:00 local time, August 3rd the CCGS Louis S. ST-Laurent tied up to Pier 25 in Tromsø, Norway and the 2016 Galway Transit came to an end.
Blog 6 - Probe Deployment
Tuesday, 2 August, 2016 - 17:04
Throughout the transit from Halifax to Norway the Galway team would take expendable sound velocity probes periodically. This was completed on the aft deck of the CCGS Louis S. ST-Laurent where a computer was set up inside in order to record the profile.
Blog 5 - Rough Seas
Monday, 1 August, 2016 - 16:35
Over the last few days, the weather has not been very good and has slowed down the ship considerably.


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