Professional Development: “The Seafloor Revealed: What Lies Beneath the Massachusetts Coastal Ocean?”


Federal and State Scientists to Hold Seafloor Mapping Demonstrations at the New Bedford Ocean Explorium

On Monday, July 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) are hosting The Seafloor Revealed: What Lies Beneath the Massachusetts Coastal Ocean? , a public meet & greet event at the Ocean Explorium, 174 Union Street, in New Bedford.

The exhibits and presentations at this event will illustrate the seafloor mapping work being conducted by USGS, CZM, and the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries). Scientists at the USGS Woods Hole campus are leaders in research in coastal and marine geology, seafloor mapping technology, geography, and the waters off the Massachusetts coast. CZM and MarineFisheries both played critical roles in the mapping work done to develop the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, the nation’s first comprehensive plan to protect critical marine resources and foster sustainable uses in the state’s ocean waters.

This free public event will feature a GeoWall, a 3D interactive display of bathymetric mapping data, as well as actual seafloor mapping instruments, posters, and handouts. In addition to the scientists that are available to take questions, short talks on mapping technology and applied uses of seafloor mapping data will be given at 11:00 a.m. and repeated at 1:00 p.m. Managers, scientists, fisherman, conservationists, educators, and the general public are invited to attend.

Although nearby street and parking lots are expected to be adequate, local residents are encouraged to walk or bicycle to the event. The Ocean Explorium is wheelchair accessible.

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