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NIO scientist included in International Tsunami Epicenter Research Expedition
Dr. Baban Ingole, a senior scientist of the biological oceanography division of the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Dona Paula, Goa is invited to participate in an international expedition to the epicenter of the tsunami earthquake that occurred on 26th December, 2004 in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Indonesia. A multi-disciplinary science team consisting of biologists, geophysicists and modellers and visualization experts will play an important role in this expedition on board M/V Performer. The team has boarded the ship on 9th May and will spend minimum of 10 days on station at the epicenter. The expedition is coordinated by Prof. Sara Hickox, Director, Office of Marine Programs, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. Darlow Smithson Productions (
) in collaboration with Blue Water Recoveries (
) and funding from BBC-TV, Discovery USA and Discovery Channel Canada, are conducting this expedition. Dr. Kate Moran, Geotechnical Engineer, University of Rhode Island and Dr. David Tappin, Geotechnical Engineer, University of Rhode Island and British Geological Survey, recently returned from the HMS Scott expedition are Co-chief Scientists leading the expedition. The research vessel HMS Scott had recently collected multibeam images in the vicinity of earthquake zone, which have shown that the ocean floor had extensively deformed and led to generation of deadly nature of the Tsunami. The scientific party will investigate the seafloor in the vicinity of the epicenter including underwater landslides. The seafloor will be imaged with high-resolution seismic reflection techniques to evaluate and interpret the size and character of the seafloor displacements that occurred during the 9.3 M earthquake and to determine underwater landslide volumetric size and shape. Seafloor displacement features will be ?ground-truthed? to confirm that they occurred on December 26th by studying the seafloor megafauna using ROV imagery and sampling. For example, co-seismic displacements will have disrupted the pre-earthquake seafloor ecology. In the case of landslides, the slide scar areas will have exposed biologically barren seafloor. Unlike traditional academic expeditions, this one is organized, crewed, and executed such that high-quality factual science programs (targeted for broadcasting in the Fall 2005, on BBC1, the Canadian Discovery Channel, and Discovery USA Channel) are produced. Broadcast-quality video and advanced computer graphics and dramatic reconstructions will be accurately captured. The University of Rhode Island spearheaded assembling of the science teams for this expedition.
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