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Reykjanes Ridge: volcanology of ridge, hydrothermal systems, hydrothermal and regional ecosystems, ROV and AUV sampling.
Seafloor bathymetric mapping, Cape Verdes to Barbados.
On MSM88, a single area with a size of 170,000 km2 will be surveyed in the Atlantic representing a German contribution to ‘The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project’, which “aims to bring together all available bathymetric data to produce the definitive map of the world ocean floor by 2030 and make it available to all”. The area is located in the southern North Atlantic and takes place along the transit route of MARIA S. MERIAN from Mindelo, Cabo Verde to Bridgetown, Barbados. The data will be processed immediately on board and are to be sent directly (near-real-time) to the international data portal Pangaea, where the data will then be publicly available as public good. For more information: https://www.geomar.de/en/research/expeditionen/detail-view/exp/completed/354685/
Cruise report: https://csr.seadatanet.org/report/20190231