Ultra Fine-Scale Seafloor Mapping

Inner Space Explorer (ft Verena Tunnicliffe) | Science Story

Nov. 07 2023

From a delicate box of seashells gifted by her mother, to otherworldly ecosystems at deep-sea hydrothermal vents, Marine Biologist Verena Tunnicliffe has spent more than four decades studying our Ocean. Driven by a passion to understand the nature and functions of novel communities, she shares her experiences working on interdisciplinary teams and how diverse voices in science expand our ability to know our inner space in the Ocean and how our world works.

During this #MappingGalapagosVents expedition, an interdisciplinary team tested the capabilities of a sonar system new to scientific seafloor mapping: Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (InSAS). This technology combines bathymetric data with acoustic imagery; simply put, they’re creating detailed maps using sound rather than light.

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