University College Cork scientists from the School of Biological, Earth, & Environmental Sciences and National Geographic Television announced they are launching a deep-water survey of underwater volcanism on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The project will involve 25 days shiptime and use of Ireland’s deep-water Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The scientists will conduct the first deep-sea ecosystem study of the hydrothermal vent field across the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at a 3000 meter depth. Chief Scientist, Dr Andy Wheeler says: “This is an exciting collaboration, not only are UCC linking up with top scientists at National Oceanography Centre-Southampton (NOC) and National Geographic but this is also a tangible sign of the fruits of integration between geologists and biologists in the newly integrated School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences (BEES)”… more on BEES, click here.
National Geographic Television will accompany the scientists to film the programme for air in 2012.