Canada, U.S. and European Union Partners Complete Second Project under the Galway Statement

Multibeam-image of volcano-like features mapped by the Galway Statement team on July 29th, 2015 along the North Atlantic Ocean seafloor. The latest measuring of the largest feature shows that it is 1,250 m in diameter at the base and 280 m high.

Galway Statement project science team
Galway Statement project science team - from left to right: David Levy (Fisheries and Oceans Canada), David O’Sullivan (Marine Institute of Ireland), Kirk Regular (Memorial University), Edward Owens (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Shauna Neary (Fisheries and Oceans Canada), and Paola Travaglini (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) - before their departure from Halifax on July 24th, 2015.

Under the Galway Statement, Canada, the U.S. and the European Union are collaborating and sharing resources as the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance to better understand our shared Atlantic Ocean.  On July 24th, the Alliance launched their second project to map the ocean seabed between Halifax, Nova Scotia and Tromsø, Norway aboard the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent.  The science team was led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Canadian Hydrographic Service and included members from the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Marine Institute of Ireland, and the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The team used state-of-the-art deep-water multibeam sonar technology to survey the seabed, and study the physical characteristics of the seafloor as well as other oceanographic data such as temperature, salinity, and fluorescence.

The team was excited to discover several volcano-like features near the mid-Atlantic Ridge - the largest of which was mapped at 1,250 m in diameter at its base and 280 m high. The data collected will be used to further our understanding of marine habitats, conservation and navigation.

The projects undertaken under the Galway Statement involve all sectors of the oceans science and technology community in Canada, including federal and provincial departments, private sector businesses, academic institutions, research networks and public sector agencies. This Canadian collaboration enhances the transfer of knowledge and technology development regarding ocean science across the country.     

Did you know?

The first Galway Statement project was a mapping expedition on the Irish research vessel RV Celtic Explorer between St. John’s, Newfoundland and Galway, Ireland. The research team produced highly detailed seafloor maps of ancient glacial moraine features, sediment channels and a previously undiscovered 3.7 km high underwater mountain. The deepwater passages that were also uncovered are the only submarine passages for deep sea marine life between the North-East and North-West Atlantic.

Since the signing of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation in 2013, Canada has contributed to an international effort to further our knowledge of the North Atlantic Ocean and to promote the sustainable management of its resources. Continued international collaboration with the U.S. and the European Union ensures that our Atlantic Ocean remains healthy, sustainable and productive. 

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