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Science in the Abyss

Online workshop starting in June

Expanding Deep Sea Horizons: Scientific Priorities in Abyssal Research

The final phase of the Alvin overhaul has just begun. When completed, it will enable human-occupied submersible diving to depths to 6,500 meters, and double the US research community's capacity to work at abyssal depths. Join the team that will identify and describe the critical scientific objectives for abyssal research and the technological requirements to achieve them. A series of three online, open workshops will provide a forum for community input. Participants will watch presentations by subject matter experts prior to the workshops, which will be kept short (90 min) and will be focused on small-group discussion. The results of the discussions will be used to develop a manuscript describing abyssal science objectives and a white-paper outlining key tasks for a 6500-meter Alvin Science Verification Cruise.


(Attend one of the following:  10am EDT, 2pm PDT)

Abyssal Plains & Seamounts

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Trenches & Transforms

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Abyssal Technology & Societal Relevance

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

In-person meeting

Fall 2020


Organizing Committee

Adam Soule, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Chief Scientist for Deep Submergence

Anna-Louise Reysenbach, Portland State University, Chair of DeSSC

Dorsey Wanless, Boise State University

Andreas Teske, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Tim Shank, WHOI

Jeff Marlow, Boston University

Rika Anderson, Carleton College

Jeff Seewald, WHOI

Bruce Strickrott, WHOI, Alvin Program Manager