Map and characterize ocean basin boundaries.
Ocean boundaries include those with the solid Earth (e.g., the seafloor, ridges, canyons, faults, and seamounts), the atmosphere (e.g., air-sea interface), ice (e.g., ice types and ages, keels, ridges, shelves, icebergs) and boundaries within the water column itself. Processes occurring at these boundaries have economic, safety (e.g., natural hazards), scientific, and cultural importance. Characterizing ocean basin boundaries requires using advanced technologies and systems, including autonomous underwater vehicles, multi-beam sonar, side-scan sonar, and other advanced seafloor and water column sensors and mapping technologies.
- Explore poorly-known or unknown regions in support of the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf Project and in the Expanded U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone in the Mid-Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, West Pacific, and Arctic R