Authors: Beaman, R.J.
Publication: RV Falkor surveys in Australia 2020-2021. SSSI NSW & ACT Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards, 10 November 2022. Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Sydney, Australia.
The Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) owns the RV Falkor, an 82 m long state-of-the-art oceanographic research vessel that operates year round throughout the world’s oceans. Marine scientists, students, teachers, technicians and artists from many nations conduct research onboard RV Falkor through dedicated science expeditions.
In 2020, SOI committed to operating the Falkor for a year-long series of expeditions within Australian waters involving extensive multibeam seafloor mapping and using the ROV SuBastian for deep-water exploration, image collection and physical sampling.
This talk will focus on the significant mapping and sampling efforts conducted by the Falkor’s crew and science team members during 2020 and early 2021, which also involved overcoming challenges due to the COVID pandemic to allow continued operations through the crisis.