NOC papers feature in Marine Geology 50th anniversary issue

June’s 50th anniversary special issue of Marine Geology

Two scientific papers with NOC scientists as lead authors have been published in June’s 50th anniversary special issue of Marine Geology, an international journal on marine geological processes.

The special issue consists of 21 review papers showing the broad spectrum of advances in scientific insight and understanding of marine geosciences over the past 50 years.

In Dr Peter Talling’s paper, On the triggers, resulting flow types and frequencies of subaqueous sediment density flows in different settings, he discusses the most important flow processes for moving sediment across our planet – turbidity currents and other types of underwater sediment density flow – and how direct monitoring gives the most reliable information as to how these flows are triggered.

Dr Russell Wynn is lead author on Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs): Their past, present and future contributions to the advancement of marine geosciences. Co-authors from NOC are Veerle AI Huvenne, Timothy P Le Bas, Bramley J Murton, Douglas P Connelly, Brian J Bett, Henry A Ruhl, Kirsty J Morris and James E Hunt. Remaining co-authors are Jeffrey Peakall, Daniel R Parsons, Esther J Sumner, Stephen E Darby and Robert M Dorrell.

This paper discusses the broad range of applications for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) in marine geosciences and also in the scientific, military, commercial and policy sectors. It presents an overview of published AUV data in marine science and new AUV data which highlights a variety of novel applications. High-resolution AUV mapping data which have led to significant new discoveries and future developments including new sensors and vehicles are also discussed.

Both papers are state-of-the-art overviews and are already featuring in the top ten ‘Most downloaded articles over the last 90 days’ on the Marine Geology website.