2008 Update

Long-Range Ridge Exploration
Working Group Update 2008

Chair - C. Devey (IFM-GEOMAR, Germany)

The WG for Long-Range Ridge Exploration was formed in 2008 and currently includes members from 8 countries (Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, UK, and USA). The plan for this WG is to identify vehicles with the necessary reliability, depth and endurance capability for long-range exploration of the mid-ocean ridge, define standard sensor packages and standardise calibration and data processing,
develop a cruise plan, and identify the most urgent targets for such exploration work. Although we have not yet had our first meeting, several WG members attended the IEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) workshop on 13-14 October 2008 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.