MMRI Researcher Exchanges Ideas in Chile

Source: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Tom McGee, research scientist with the MMRI, recently completed a trip to Chile to the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso to meet with geologists and geophysicists to discuss gas hydrate research off shore Chile. The visit was funded through the Senior Specialist program of the Fulbright Foundation. During his visit, Tom reviewed existing geophysical data acquired in 2002-2004 and discussed various methods to improve the resolution of the seismic data to extract more information. The existing data included 2500km of multichannel reflection seismic profiles plus two logged boreholes, one of which contained hydrates. The profiles imaged geologic structures down to the base of oceanic crust but were not capable of resolving hydrate accumulations. The MMRI is continuing to discuss geophysical processing methods and the development of academic exchanges between the University of Mississippi and the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso. The student exchanges would provide opportunities for students from Chile to study at the University of Mississippi as well as opportunities for engineering students from UM to study earthquakes and seismology in a seismically active region of the world.

(April 2011)