The goal of this project is to provide technical and logistical support to MMRI/CMRET/STRC researchers particularly GoMHRC researchers. Expertise at the shop includes designing and fabricating instruments and deployment/recovery techniques, adapting/merging existing systems to new designs, preparing for cruises, transporting equipment to field sites, orchestrating at-sea operations, providing navigation and maintenance of all devices and systems year-round.
The goal of this project is to build and operate a multi-disciplinary seafloor observatory in the Gulf of Mexico that will provide real-time data to better understand the deep marine environment, predict changes to these environments and ensure continued health of these ecosystem in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute (MMRI), in close collaboration with the National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology (NIUST), has developed an advanced program in high resolution seafloor mapping in both shallow and deep water. The goal of the program is to explore and describe features of the deep seafloor by fostering innovative techniques that remotely image bathymetry, surficial geology and benthic fauna. The program aims to better describe the seafloor using a multidisciplinary approach while cultivating and training a new generation of ocean scientists in the use of cutting edge technology.