The essays below will help you to understand the goals and objectives of the mission and provide additional context and information about the places being explored and the science, tools, and technologies being used.
By Martha Nizinski, LCDR Marc Moser, Jeremy Potter
Between February and August 2012, a team of NOAA and external partners will conduct a mapping ‘blitz’ focused on deepwater canyons off the northeastern seaboard.Read more
By Janet Krenn
Data and information about deep waters are so important that representatives from 15 federal and state organizations are following the successes of the Atlantic Canyons Undersea Mapping Expeditions (ACUMEN) project. This federal-state collaboration is putting usually difficult and expensive to obtain data about the seafloor directly into the hands of state management agencies and regional organizations.Read more
By Martha Nizinski
Deepwater canyons are prominent features off the coast of the eastern United States, beginning at the edge of the continental shelf and with some extending down the continental slope to the abyssal plain. Over 70 named canyons of various sizes have been discovered in this region, ranging from large, deeply incised canyons that can be thousands of meters deep to smaller, shallower canyons of less than 1,000 meters.Read more