So far, Yann Marcon concludes, the sonars have produced crucial time series of data that provide new information on the dynamics of seabed methane release at the southern hydrate ridge. The new camera will provide high-resolution images of the most dynamic area to help confirm sonar observations. At the same time, Christian dos Santos Ferreira will follow the operations from the OOI Operation Center in Seattle and ensure that all instruments can be controlled remotely and that they work as expected.
Newsfeeds and videos will be broadcast live on the website of Interactive Oceans (University of Washington).
The work is part of the M³ project for the acoustic monitoring of natural release of methane gas from the seafloor and is entirely funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).