Future Research Directions in Deep SubInergence Science

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Deep ocean science is poised to enter a new millennium characterized by cooperation among scientists of many different disciplines who are seeking to gain an understanding of the complex linkages between physical, chemical, biological, and geological processes occurring at and beneath the ocean floor in the world oceans. This multidisciplinary imperative has been spurred by unprecedented advances in understanding the complexities and interdependence of these phenomena made possible through research that used deep submergence vehicles over the past two decades. Marine scientists of all disciplines are forecasting that the next decade will see even greater linkage between oceanographic disciplines. The need to understand the temporal dimension of the processes being studied will sustain continued use of deep ocean submersibles and utilization of newly developed, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) for conducting time-series and observatory-based research in the deep ocean and at the seafloor. These approaches will enable marine scientists to achieve a greater understanding of global processes and of climate change and geochemical mass balance. These same approaches will enable them to grapple with intriguing problems concerning the interrelated processes of crustal generation, evolution and transport of geochemical fluids in the crust and into the oceans, and origins and proliferation of life both on Earth and beyond.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4031/MTSJ.33.4.8

Affiliations: 1: SOEST/Planetary Geosciences University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 2: Department of Geology & Geophysics Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 3: Department of Geology University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Publication date: January 1, 1999

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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