2018 Expedition

Southern California Mapping

Jun 6, 2018 to Jun 9, 2018 — NA094

Launching the 2018 Nautilus Expedition Season, this short mapping expedition will transit from San Pedro to San Francisco, with seafloor mapping focused on completing gaps from previous mapping expeditions. Three areas have been identified for mapping with the Nautilus multibeam echosounder and sub-bottom profiler in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and adjacent waters. The purpose of these surveying efforts is for general bathymetric data collection, seafloor characterization, and as a secondary goal, seep detection.

Additionally, this expedition will map near the site of a recent earthquake south of Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the Channel Islands, where there may also be significant slides underwater. This may affect biological communities that were visited during previous Nautilus expeditions.  Later expeditions have an opportunity to directly study the effects of a moderate undersea earthquake on the local fauna, and mapping will be undertaken in the area to evaluate changes from previous mapping.

Sponsored by: NOAA Office of Exploration and Research

Meet the Team

Photo of Jeff Brown
Nautilus Ambassador
Photo of Megan Cook
Photo of Amelia Cote
Nautilus Ambassador
Photo of Mark DeRoche
Deck Chief
Photo of Maurice Doucet
Science/Data Team, Data Engineer
Photo of Lindsay Gee
Science/Data Team, Mapping
Photo of Ethan Gold
Data Engineer
Photo of Indigo Jackson
Navigation Intern
Photo of Renato Kane
Photo of Deborah King
Navigation Intern
Photo of Ed McNichol
Video Engineer
Photo of Terri Miller
Nautilus Ambassador
Photo of Victoria Price-Doucet
Science/Data Team, Navigator
Photo of Nicole Raineault
Expedition Leader
Photo of Simon Rios Jr.
Nautilus Ambassador
Photo of Miles Saunders
Photo of Trevor Shepherd
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Katherine Sutton
Photo of Michael Viveiros
Photo of Robert Waters
Hercules Pilot
Photo of Samantha  Wishnak