Since CHC2006, the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center has mapped with multibeam, the bathymetry of an additional ~220,000 km2 of seafloor in areas as diverse as the Arctic, the Northern Marianas of the western Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico. The mapping supports any potential U.S. submission for of extended continental shelves under Article 76 of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea. Consequently, the mapping has concentrated on capturing the complete extent of the 2500-m isobath and the zone where the Article 76-defined foot of the slope exists. In practice, the complete area between ~1500 and ~4500 m water depths is mapped in each region (with the exception of the Arctic Ocean). The data have been collected in conditions that range from harsh Arctic sea ice to the calms of the Philippine Sea tropics. Although, some of the conditions have limited the quality of some of the data, the data quality is generally quite good and geological surprises have been uncovered on each of the cruises.
Journal or Conference Title
Canadian Hydrographic Conference
May 5 - May 8, 2008
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Canadian Hydrographic Association
Gardner, James V.; Mayer, Larry A.; and Armstrong, Andy, "From the Arctic to the Tropics: The U.S. UNCLOS Bathymetric Mapping Program" (2008). Canadian Hydrographic Conference. 422.