National Seafloor Mapping and Benthic Habitat Studies
The Sustainable Seas Project was a five year study of natural resources in our National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS). The project is jointly funded by the National Geographic Society, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A $5,000,000 grant for the study was donated by the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.
The project will employ Nuytco Inc. "Deepworker 2000" submersibles to
USGS Nearshore Benthic Habitat maps will be used to locate dive sites in the Channel Islands NMS. The dive observations will, in turn, be useful for improving the accuracy of the maps which are interpretations of sidescan sonar data.