IS21A:
Into the Deep: New Insights into Integrated Ocean Mapping and Habitat Characterizations of the North Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Basins I

Session ID#: 93268

Session Description:
Although oceans cover 70% of the Earth's surface, more than 80% are unmapped and unexplored, especially the deep sea's (>200 m) diverse submarine canyons, ridges and seamounts, extensive deep-sea coral habitats, methane seeps, and potential geohazards. New data can inform stock assessments, offshore energy development, and earlier warnings of costly natural disasters, and improve our knowledge of underwater hazards, biogeography, and the impacts of geological and oceanographic processes.

 

But our understanding remains limited due to cost, distance, and time. Collaborations across agencies, academia, and industry are key to increasing ocean data using a variety of remote sensing technologies. Since 2016, two regional campaigns have formed to address these challenges: the Atlantic Seafloor Partnership for Integrated Research and Exploration (ASPIRE) and the West Coast EXpanding Pacific Research and Exploration of Submerged Systems (EXPRESS). This session will share ongoing research, new discoveries, and emerging technologies that provide insights into the habitats, geological history, and connectivity of these ocean basins, including results from ASPIRE and EXPRESS. Presentations will describe partnerships in integrated ocean mapping and exploration that have resulted in new thinking and findings, as well as lessons learned from which we can all benefit.

Co-Sponsor(s):
  • ME - Marine Ecology and Biodiversity
  • OB - Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry
Index Terms:
Primary Chair:  Ashley Chappell, NOAA National Ocean Service, Silver Spring, MD, United States
Co-chairs:  Caitlin Adams, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Silver Spring, MD, United States, Jeremy Potter, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Department of the Interior, Camarillo, CA, United States and Kasey Lynn Cantwell, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Silver Spring, MD, United States
Primary Liaison:  Ashley Chappell, NOAA National Ocean Service, Silver Spring, MD, United States
Moderators:  Caitlin Adams, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Silver Spring, MD, United States and Kasey Lynn Cantwell, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Silver Spring, MD, United States
Student Paper Review Liaison:  Kasey Lynn Cantwell, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Silver Spring, MD, United States

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Geologic characterization of Northeast Atlantic Submarine Canyons and Seamounts using observations from the NOAA Deep Connections 2019 Expedition (642346)
Jeffrey Obelcz, US Naval Research Laboratory, Ocean Sciences Division, Stennis Space Center, United States, Meagan Putts, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Oceanography, Honolulu, HI, United States, Daniel Wagner, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, via Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs, Charleston, SC, United States and Michael Patrick White, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research via Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs, Durham, NH, United States
Deepy Creepy: Distribution and Ecology of Deep Water Crabs Observed by ROV on the US Eastern Continental Slope and Canyons (and a Case of Mistaken Identity) (640838)
Bradley G Stevens, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Natural Sciences, Princess Anne, MD, United States
Recent exploration efforts on of the Southeastern US continental margin reveal extensive connected and isolated cold-water coral mounds in areas beyond predictive models (649439)
Alexis M Weinnig1, Ryan Gasbarro1, Erik E Cordes1, Kasey Lynn Cantwell2 and Amy J Wagner3, (1)Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, United States, (2)NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Silver Spring, MD, United States, (3)California State University, Sacramento, Geology, Sacramento, CA, United States
Depth-related Barriers to Genetic Connectivity Among Northwestern Atlantic Lophelia pertusa Populations (654744)
Cheryl Morrison1, Aaron Aunins1, Jay J Lunden2, Sandra Brooke3 and Steve W Ross4, (1)USGS Leetown Science Center, Kearneysville, WV, United States, (2)Haverford College, Haverford, PA, United States, (3)Florida State University, Coastal and Marine Lab, Tallahassee, FL, United States, (4)University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Center for Marine Science, Wilmington, NC, United States
Spatio-Temporal Oceanographic Variability at Deep-Sea Coral Sites along the U.S. Atlantic Margin (646543)
Jay J Lunden1, Furu Mienis2, Ryan Gasbarro1, Adam Hallaj1, Abby Keller1 and Erik E Cordes1, (1)Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, United States, (2)NIOZ, Den Burg, Netherlands
Seafloor Mapping for Predicting Deep-Sea Coral Habitat, Southeast U.S. Continental Margin (651908)
Mikayla Drost and Leslie Sautter, College of Charleston, Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Charleston, SC, United States
Drivers of Lophelia pertusa Distribution on the mid-US Atlantic Margin Revealed by Habitat Suitability Modeling at Multiple Scales (639819)
Ryan Gasbarro1, Jay J Lunden2 and Erik E Cordes1, (1)Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, United States, (2)Haverford College, Haverford, PA, United States
Multifaceted Approach to Protecting Deep-Sea Corals in the U.S. South Atlantic (657364)
Thomas F. Hourigan, NOAA Fisheries Service, Deep Sea Coral Research & Technology Program, Silver Spring, MD, United States, Chip Collier, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Charleston, SC, United States, Matthew D Poti, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Silver Spring, MD, United States and Heather M Coleman, NOAA Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program, Silver Spring, MD, United States