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Aug. 12, 2008
Larry Mayer, a university scientist, said melting sea ice, presumably from global warming, helped last year's mission. "It was bad for the Arctic, but very very good for mapping."
U.S. Department of State
Aug. 12, 2008
The first cruise is led by the University of New Hampshire’s Joint Hydrographic Center, with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
NY Arts
Aug. 11, 2008
I am currently working on a new large-scale project based on the Arctic Ocean as a frontier made accessible by melting ice. For this project I will be working with the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire, a group that is mapping the sea floor of the Arctic Ocean, one of the least known and sparsely charted realms on the planet.
Maritime Global Net
Jun. 20, 2008
Maine Maritime Academy welcomed a team of oceanographic researchers to campus this week as part of an educational cooperative with the University of New Hampshire (UNH), Durham, N.H. The research team consists of faculty and students from the University’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM), and members of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Joint Hydrographic Center (JHC) based at the University. The CCOM-JHC conducts a variety of seafloor mapping research projects in partnership with NOAA. This year, the group is conducting a bathymetric survey of the Bagaduce River and Castine Harbor. The study is scheduled to take place through Saturday, June 21.
Bangor Daily News
Jun. 19, 2008
A team of oceanographic researchers is conducting a study on the Bagaduce River this week that, among other things, will provide baseline information for Maine Maritime Academy and its partners in developing a tidal energy research center in the river. The research team consists of faculty and students from the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and members of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Hydrographic Center. They are spending the week at Maine Maritime Academy while they conduct the study.
Jun. 1, 2008
This summer, American scientists will be charting the sea floor north of Alaska on a Coast Guard icebreaker. Chief scientist Larry Mayer says that he’ll always remember two sights from last year’s voyage, when the ice had shrunk so much that the ship was able to research at least 100 miles farther north than was previously possible. He was excited by the first sight: the sea bottom captured on his computer screen. The floor was pocked with 300-foot-wide holes, an occurrence that usually indicates escaping natural gas. The second sight occurred when Mayer was standing on deck. He spotted a lone polar bear drifting on a 30-foot-wide piece of ice. In the old days, the animal could have walked on solid ice back to land, but now it was bent and doomed. To Mayer, the two sights highlighted opportunity and tragedy in the least-mapped area of the world.
The Washington Times
May. 13, 2008
Larry Mayer, the expedition's chief scientist and co-director of the Joint Hydrographic Center at UNH, is considered one of the top Arctic authorities in the world. "The kind of full-coverage, high-resolution mapping we do provides critical insight for meeting the criteria of the Law of the Sea Convention, as well as the geologic history of the region".
the Boston Globe
Apr. 28, 2008
A new study says whale-watching boats are going too fast near whales, endangering them and disregarding a decade-old pledge to slow down.
Apr. 18, 2008
"We found evidence that the foot of the slope was much farther out than we thought," said Larry Mayer.
Apr. 2, 2008
Last summer, researchers from NOAA and the Joint Hydrographic Center at the University of New Hampshire in Durham spent a month surveying 10,000 kilometers of the Chukchi Cap ridge in the Arctic to create the most detailed, high-resolution maps of the area to date. The expedition’s seafloor data and maps are now available online at
The New Hampshire
Feb. 22, 2008
Feb. 15, 2008
The New York Times
Feb. 12, 2008
Environment News Service
Feb. 11, 2008
Associated Press
Feb. 11, 2008
PBS - NewsHour
Feb. 6, 2008
"What struck us this year was how little ice there was and how broken up it was," said the mission's chief scientist, Larry Mayer of UNH, adding that the general consensus is that global warming is a major contributor. Read more at the PBS - NewsHour website.
Wired Magazine
Jan. 18, 2008
Jim Gardner and researchers at the University of New Hampshire's Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping are mapping vast swaths of the sea floor — and revealing a one-of-a-kind glimpse of what lies at the bottom of the ocean. Read more at the Wired Magazine website.
Wired Magazine
Jan. 18, 2008
Because new territory in the Arctic could mean new natural resources, CCOM researchers, tapped by the US government and led by Jim Gardner, have been silently scanning for six years now — mapping the frozen north as well as the Bering Sea, the gulfs of Alaska and Mexico, the Atlantic Margin off the East Coast, and the Marianas in the Pacific. They're racing to prove the US controls more territory than anyone thought. Read more at the Wired Magazine website.
Wired Magazine
Jan. 18, 2008
New data from surveys conducted by Jim Gardner's team suggests America has rights to a huge, but different, area of Arctic seabed. Read more and view images at the Wired Magazine website.
Nature Journal
Jan. 3, 2008
Associated Press
Oct. 25, 2007
International Herald Tribune
Oct. 19, 2007
The New York Times
Oct. 19, 2007
New Coast Guard Task in Arctic’s Warming Seas - The New York Times. Oct 19, 2007.