Ocean Floor Geology Revealed

Scientists from the University of Sydney’s School of Geosciences, Australia, have led the creation of the world’s first digital map of seafloor geology. Before then, the most recent map of the composition of the seafloor, covering 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, had been hand drawn in the 1970s. Published in Geology magazine, the new map will help scientists better understand how our oceans have responded, and will respond, to environmental change. It also reveals the deep ocean basins to be much more complex than previously thought. The deep ocean floor is a graveyard with much of it made up... (read more)
2015-09-11 08:45:00

Barcelona University – Geology and Geophysics Research

The geology department of the Barcelona University has handled a collaboration agreement with the fishery department of the Catalonian government to share use of the new fishing control boat Luerna with research activities. The boat is 18 meters length and has been built by Rodman (Vigo) on request of Secretaria General de Pesca. With this project Barcelona University becomes the first Spanish university to have a multibeam and parametric system. The boat has been equipped with Kongsberg equipment and the main purpose is to develop Geological studies of the Catalonian continental shelf. The boat is equipped with: Scientific Equipment with... (read more)
2006-02-09 12:00:00

CGG Appoints SEVP Geology, Geophysics and Reservoir Division

CGG, France, has appointed Sophie Zurquiyah as senior executive vice president of the Geology, Geophysics and Reservoir (GGR) Division. Sophie joined CGG on 5 February 2013 and will be based in Houston, Texas, USA. Sophie is a graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Paris and holds a Master of Science in numerical analysis from the Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris 6), as well as a Master of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado. Having started her career with Schlumberger in 1991 as a geophysics engineer, Sophie held a variety of positions in engineering and manufacturing in... (read more)
2013-02-08 10:49:09

BGS And UKHO To Develop Sea Bed Geology Data Products

British Geological Survey (BGS) and The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) have signed an agreement to work together to produce new digital seabed geological maps covering the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS). The maps will complement existing national geological map products available from BGS and will provide an order of magnitude higher resolution detail of seabed character and bedforms. BGS and UKHO will combine all their data to underpin new detailed maps of the seabed of the UK Continental Shelf. The geological components of the new maps will be based on seabed samples, boreholes, seismic data, mulibeam and extensive sidescan... (read more)
2006-05-23 12:00:00

Spectrum Sets Sights on East Coast US Geology

Seismic services provider Spectrum has accelerated its preparations to collect seismic data in the US waters of the Atlantic Ocean in response to the recent announcement by the Department of the Interior to begin the environmental analysis of geological and geophysical activities off the east coast. Spectrum was the first company to actively collect multi-client seismic data since the leasing and drilling moratorium went into effect in the mid-1980s. It is currently reprocessing and studying existing seismic data from the US East Coast. Through these activities, Spectrum is gaining valuable knowledge to identify the most prospective areas for oil and... (read more)
2010-02-03 03:44:04

Seabed Resources and Hydrography

Exploration of seabed resources using bathymetry and geology
The seabed of the Dutch sector of the North Sea is one of most densely sampled marine areas in the world. Sampling started in the mid-1960s with the exploration of fill sand in the coastal zone. Since that time, a reconnaissance mapping programme of the entire territory has been carried out in close co-operation with the North Sea Directorate of the Dutch Ministry of Public Works and Water Management, and the Hydrographic Office (HO) of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The sample spacing varies much from north to south and from east to west, reflecting the differing relevance of various areas... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

The Public-private Dilemma

Interview with Dr Cees Laban, marine project developer, Business Unit Geology, TNO
Privatisation as an answer to the financial challenges of survival has become a trend among public organisations, and hydrography is no exception. Private enterprise, worried about ‘unfair competition’, often looks with suspicion upon this. How are public-knowledge institutions currently organised and operating? Dr Cees Laban of the Geological Survey of The Netherlands agreed to be interviewed about his own organisation. Please outline for our readers how you as a geologist became involved in hydrography. From its inception, one of the main tasks of the Geological Survey of The Netherlands was mapping the subsoil of the Dutch land area. In 1968... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

GEUS Orders First EM 3002 Multi-beam in Denmark

GEUS – Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, department of Quaternary Geology, has placed an order for a dual EM 3002 system. The contract includes SIS - Seafloor Information System, Neptune, CFloor post-processing software, MRU-5, Seapath-20, SV plus-probes and training. The system is to be delivered in the beginning of July with installation and sea-trials in the mid of August. (read more)
2005-08-22 12:00:00

Jim Gardner Awarded Shephard Medal

James Gardner, research professor at the US Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center, has received the Shepard Medal for excellence in marine geology from the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM). He will be presented with the medal at the SEPM's annual meeting in April 2012.   Larry Mayer, director of CCOM and co-director of the JHC, expresses that this is a great honour for Jim, CCOM and UNH. "It is a very prestigious medal and well-deserved."   A world-renowned marine geologist, Gardner leads CCOM/JHC's mapping efforts in support of US claims to an extended continental shelf under the... (read more)
2011-07-07 09:42:55
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