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Public talk to explore how technology helps to uncover mysteries of the deep sea

People will be able to learn how mysteries of the deep sea are being solved through state-of-the-art technology during a public talk in Hobart on Tuesday (10 April).

Dr Adam Soule, chief scientist for deep submergence at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in the US, is visiting Tasmania and will give a special public lecture at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, IMAS.

Dr Soule’s talk will look at how human ingenuity and modern technology have come together to help make amazing discoveries in the deep sea.

Scientists and explorers have endeavoured to undercover the mysteries of the deep – from the origins of human-occupied research submarines to the development of autonomous underwater robots.

These technological developments have shed new light on underwater volcanic eruptions that shape the ocean basins, and power deep-sea hot springs that support life without sunlight.

Dr Soule has worked on numerous research voyages to mid-ocean ridges, submarine volcanic arcs, deep-water canyons and ocean islands.

His research aims to understand how volcanic and tectonic processes in the deep sea shape ocean basins and influence ocean chemistry.

Through his work at WHOI, Dr Soule has guided the development and operation of deep submergence vehicles at the Institute including the human-occupied submarine Alvin; remotely operate vehicle Jason and the autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry.

Dr Soule’s talk will begin at 6pm at the Aurora Lecture Theatre, IMAS.

Image caption: Dr Soule in the human occupied submersible, Alvin. Image courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Published on: 05 Apr 2018 12:15pm