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Seacoast Online
Jul. 11, 2010
The center was one of approximately 12 other oceanographic facilities selected in May to assist with oil spill recovery following a meeting in Washington, D.C., with President Barack Obama's science and energy advisors as well as administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "The focus was on what the academic community can bring to the table," said Dr. Larry Mayer, professor and director at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. "That's our job as a natural center of excellence. You hope they would call on us when these things happen."
Jun. 9, 2010
Under the surface, Dr. Tom Weber of UNH's center for coastal mapping has been searching for deep oil plumes believed to be escaping from the deepwater horizon well. "Our main objective was for us to see, could we find those and if we can find them, can we map it out," he says.
The Washington Post
Jun. 3, 2010
In a best-case scenario, crew members will use echograms and a fluorometer, which measures light emissions, to identify anomalies and scoop water samples from as deep as 1,000 feet below the surface. But using these tools to seek dispersed oil in such a wide area is an uncertain endeavor, according to Larry A. Mayer, director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire. "We're not 100 percent sure this will work," said Mayer, who is part of the mission. "But we'll be working night and day to figure that out."
The Miami Herald
Jun. 2, 2010
With scientists anxious to know more about how much oil is deep within the Gulf, a research ship heads out to the spill site. "It's totally new. We're really testing the feasibility of the approach, we don't know whether it will work or not, but it's certainly worth trying," said one of those researchers, Larry Mayer, director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire. "What is the nature of submerged oil, if there is oil? We just don't understand its properties yet."
UNH Campus Journal
Mar. 1, 2010
While Little Hercules spent just five days in Durham before heading to Hawaii, where it will explore the waters between there and Indonesia, NOAA plans to return to Chase in April to test an ROV almost eight times the size of this one. "They need a big enough tank to submerge the ROV in a controlled environment," says Andy McLeod, lab manager of the UNH facility, which houses several joint UNH and NOAA programs. McLeod adds that the ongoing testing will mean opportunities for UNH undergraduate students to get involved in research.
The New York Times
Feb. 10, 2010
A 2008 Coast Guard survey found the U.S. continental slope extends more than 100 miles farther from the Alaskan coast than previously thought, according to Larry Mayer, who was chief scientist of the mission.
Oct. 26, 2009
Students from Carmel Middle School in Carmel, Ind., welcomed home Christine Hedge, a seventh-grade science teacher who spent six weeks in the Arctic Ocean on board the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy as part of a multi-year, multi-agency effort to collect seafloor mapping and oceanographic data along the North American Extended Continental Shelf. "The discovery of this seamount is a prime example of how little we know about the Arctic Ocean," said retired NOAA Capt. Andy Armstrong, the mission's co-chief scientist and co-director of the NOAA-University of New Hampshire Joint Hydrographic Center. "Christine's keen observations allowed us to react in time to turn the ship and explore this important seafloor feature in closer detail."
Oct. 6, 2009
CCOM alumn Cmdr. Shepard Smith Cmdr. of the Thomas Jefferson said Monday the Hassler will be the fourth NOAA hydrographic survey ship, with equipment to map the ocean floor to provide accurate nautical charts to commercial and recreational boats.
Sep. 24, 2009
James V. Gardner and Mashkoor Malik (of The Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping (CCOM) UNH and NOAA, respectively) participated on the cruise, and provided details of the discovery in the August 11, 2009 issue of EOS.
Kodiak Daily Mirror
Sep. 22, 2009
The crew of the Healy has spent the past three months underway studying Arctic Ocean hydrography and mapping the Extended continental shelf.
Sep. 16, 2009
One of the highlights of the 2009 mission was the August 25 discovery of an underwater mountain, known as a seamount, by scientists aboard the Healy. ( An underwater geologic feature needs to extend at least 1,000 meters above the seafloor to quality as a seamount. ) The not-yet-named seamount is the first discovered in the Arctic since 2003.
The New York Times - DOT EARTH
Sep. 10, 2009
Larry Mayer, an oceanographer from the University of New Hampshire scouring the sea bottom from the Coast Guard icebreaker Healy, said this: The new seamount is small but unusual in its isolation (at least we think it's isolated - remember we didn't know it was there - and I suspect there are many others that we don't know about) - but this one is sitting in the middle of nowhere in the abyssal plain and will only add to the mysteries of the origin of this part of the Arctic.
Aug. 12, 2009
Larry Mayer, director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and co-director of the Joint Hydrographic Center, is the chief scientist for the U.S. mission. NOAA's Andy Armstrong, a physical scientist and co-director of the Joint Hydrographic Center, is the co-chief scientist. NOAA and the University of New Hampshire jointly operate the Joint Hydrographic Center. The 41-day joint mission runs from August 7 to September 16 and will see the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy and the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent operating together to obtain a variety of data.
Associated Press
Jul. 29, 2009
A joint U.S.-Canada expedition sailing next month to the icy waters off the northern coastline both countries share will help map the farthest reaches of the North American continent, but it won't deal with a long-running dispute over a resource-rich part of the Beaufort Sea. "The primary thing this mission is designed to answer is 'Where is the edge of the continental shelf?' " said Maggie Hayes, director of the U.S. Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs.
The New York Times
Jul. 29, 2009
"President Obama is strongly in favor of the United States becoming a party to the Law of the Sea Convention," said Margaret Hayes, director of the State Department's Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Jul. 29, 2009
From August 7 to September 16, Canada and the United States are teaming up a second time to conduct a joint survey of the extended continental shelf in the western Arctic Ocean. The 40-day survey will continue the data-collection collaboration that began during last summer's joint mission. This year's survey will focus on the region north of Alaska onto Alpha-Mendeleev Ridge and eastward toward the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
Jun. 19, 2009
More and More. Sonar mapping of the Arctic seafloor (colored lines) has pushed outward by almost 200 km the "foot of slope" that is a benchmark for the outer edge of potential U.S. mineral rights. CREDIT: IMAGE CREATED BY LARRY MAYER; DATA COLLECTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE CENTER FOR COASTAL AND OCEAN MAPPING/JOINT HYDROGRAPHIC CENTER; BASE MAP IS IBCAO COMPILATION (JAKOBSSON ET AL., 2008)
National Geographic
Apr. 15, 2009
As rising temperatures melt the polar ice cap, five countries race to map their claims to a new energy frontier. The stakes are huge. Nearly a quarter of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas may lie beneath the seabed of this vast wilderness. Text version -
Proceedings Magazine
Feb. 9, 2009
Changes in the Arctic environment—no matter the cause—are a great national security concern... Working in conjunction with NOAA's Office of the Coast Survey and the University of New Hampshire's Joint Hydrographic Center, the breaker's multi-beam sonar and sub-bottom profiler were used to better define the extent of the U.S. continental shelf.
Jan. 29, 2009
Scientists from the U.S., Canada and Russia race to map the Arctic Ocean under the looming deadline of a U.N. treaty.
The New York Times
Jan. 26, 2009
The Canadian broadcasting team has produced an one-hour documentary following the greatly intensified push by Russia, the United States, Denmark, Canada and others to map and exert hegemony over Arctic waters. They provided us with a short distillation that includes nice interviews with Larry Mayer of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire, who I’ve been interviewing periodically as he leads surveys of Arctic sea-bed formations that could extend United States economic control in the region.
Dec. 29, 2008
"We found evidence that the foot of the slope was much farther out than we thought," said Larry Mayer, expedition chief scientist and co-director of the Joint Hydrographic Center at UNH. "That was the big discovery."
WBZ 38 (CBS)
Oct. 29, 2008
After clicking on the link, scroll down the page to the blog 'Arctic Riches' to read about Larry Mayer and other CCOM scientists who have just returned from their latest mission to map the Arctic sea floor.
Government Computer News
Oct. 14, 2008
Okeanos Explorer uses a satellite link to provide scientists with ocean-going dataThe Okeanos will gather information that will be sent ashore to the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/ Joint Hydrographic Center at the University of New Hampshire among other control centers.
Kodiak Daily Mirror
Oct. 13, 2008
“This is a wonderful example of being able to do things that are good for the nation at the same time that science is being advanced,” Mayer said.