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Geophysical Characterization of the Water Column and Seafloor on the Alabama Continental Shelf

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University of Alabama


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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program


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Physical Aspects Research

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Project Description

Geophysical methods are key in the characterization of physical systems. This project applies two key geophysical methods to the Alabama continental shelf: 1. Seismic reflection to characterize the water column 2. Sidescan to characterize the seafloor of the Alabama continental shelf Seismic reflection, though typically used to image below the seafloor, can also be applied to the water column. Salinity boundaries within the water column create acoustic impendence boundaries, which will reflect energy in the same way that contrasting rock layers do.


Andrew Goodliffe
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