In 2010, the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) funded the "South China Sea Deep" initiative, an interdisciplinary research project to study the tectonics, sedimentology and sediment transport, and biogeochemical cycling of the South China Sea. USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (PCMSC) scientists were invited by colleagues in Tongji University (Shanghai, China) to collaborate on a proposal for studying the deep water sediment dynamics and sediment transport in the northeastern South China Sea. The project, "In-situ observation of bottom flows and sediment dynamics in northeastern South China Sea," has been funded for 4 years (2012-2015).
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Free-Ascending Tripod Brings Data from the Deep Seafloor of the South China Sea: October 2014
A deepwater tripod system designed and built at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California, was recovered in late September 2014 after spending 5 months collecting data on the floor of the South China Sea. Read more
Deep-Sea Instrument Tripod Passes Test in Monterey Bay, California—Next Stop is South China Sea: August 2013
The free-ascending tripod was designed and built at the Marine Facility of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center. A team from the science center tested the new system at the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. The tripod passed with flying colors, clearing it for use. Read more
Chinese Scientist Visiting USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center: June 2012
Dr. Jianru (Jerome) Li, assistant professor from the State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, Tongji University, China, visited the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in 2012 to help develop the free-ascending tripod for the South China Sea. Read more