Researchers at UNH help National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration map sea floor
DURHAM — Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are working with employees at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to map the sea floor.
So far, between 10 and 11 percent of the sea floor is mapped. Plans are to have the entire floor mapped by 2030.
Larry Mayer, who is a co-director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and Joint Hydrographic Center at UNH, said the primary reason for sea floor mapping is for safety and navigation for ships.
Mapping also helps with the Law of the Sea Treaty, which extends a country's sovereign rights over the resources of the sea floor.
"We hope to be helpful to a whole range of applications," Mayer said.