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

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of Alabama

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)

Funding Program

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program

Project Location: Alabama

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2011

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Physical Aspects Research

Targeted Resources

Human and / or Institutional Capacity Benthic Zone / Sea Floor Petroleum

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.

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Project ID: 184
Project Name: Geophysical Characterization of the Water Column and Seafloor on the Alabama Continental Shelf
SourceUID: 15
Latitude: 33.21562015
Longitude: -87.5403941
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Alabama
County: Tuscaloosa
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Physical Aspects Research
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Human and/or Institutional Capacity
Targeted Resource(s): Benthic Zone / Sea Floor
Targeted Resource(s): Petroleum
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2011
Implementing Organization: University of Alabama
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Andrew Goodliffe
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 205-348-7167
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: None
Project Comments: None
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 34150
DWH Funder: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
DWH Funder Type: Private
DWH Funding Program: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Grant Program
DWH Dollar Amount : 34150
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Voluntary Agreement
Controlling Documents: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Award Year: 2011
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0