Map benthic communities inhabiting unexplored areas around the Azores, identify new areas that fit the FAO VME definition; and determine distribution patterns of deep-sea benthic biodiversity.
Leg 1: 8 – 31 August 2020: Slopes of Graciosa island & Ilha Azul seamount
Leg 2: 24 September – 1 October 2020: Ilha Azul, Mar da Fortuna, Serreta and João Leonardes seamounts & W slopes of Terceira
Leg 3: 20-26 November 2020: Condor de Fora and Baixo de S. Mateus seamounts
Cruise report: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5503634