CCOM researchers participated UDel's Robot Boot Camp last week when dozens of researchers worked out best practices for a variety of autonomous vehicles as they mapped Delaware Bay off of Broadkill Beach.
In June this year, 150 scientists, scholars and business associates from around the world, including CCOM director Larry Mayer, attended the Forum for Future Ocean Floor Mapping in Monaco, endorsing a project dubbed “Seafloor 2030.”
Using sonar aboard ships, unmanned submarines and other vessels, ambitious researchers hope to build over the next 14 years a Google Maps-style guide to mountains, valleys and volcanoes deep underwater.
UNH marine scientists celebrated their new at-sea platform. the R/V Gulf Surveyor, on July 27 with dockside tours of the 48’x17’4’11’ aluminum catamaran. The vessel was commissioned in January by All American Marine, Bellingham, WA.
President Obama has approved the promotion CCOM alum Shep Smith from captain to rear admiral (lower half), which is a prerequisite for him to become director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey. Shep will succeed Rear Adm. Gerd Glang, another graduate of our mapping program.