Accession Number : ADA299597

Title :   Collaborative Efforts Within the Key West Campaign Sea Test February 1995.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS

Personal Author(s) : Tooma, Samuel ; Richardson, Michael ; Lavoie, Dawn ; Lott, Daniel ; Williams, Kevin

PDF Url : ADA299597

Report Date : 08 AUG 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : During February 1995, four research vessels (WFS PLANET, RN SEAWARD JOHNSON, RN PELICAN, and RN SEAWARD EXPLORER) and 115 scientists and technicians from five nations mounted a major scientific campaign in waters of the western Florida Keys. Scientific experiments during this Key West Campaign focused on the shallow-water carbonate sedimentary environments in the vicinity of the Marquesas Keys and the Dry Tortugas. This research is in keeping with the recent changes in strategic concept defined in the USN's 1992 paper "From the Sea" in which the focus of naval priorities has shifted from operations on the high seas to operations in the littoral regions of the world, where, Mine Counter Measures (MCM) are of critical importance. The Florida Keys provides the only environment in continental US waters which is analogous to the shallow-water tropical carbonate settings that are becoming increasingly important to naval operations (e.g., Persian Gulf) and where the biogeochemical processes that are typical of those carbonate environments can be studied. Teamwork among university and government laboratories, combined basic and applied research objectives, and international cooperation are all hallmarks of the Key West Campaign. In this report, objectives of participating programs, preliminary data from selected scientific instrumentation, and benefits to MCM operations are highlighted. (MM)

Descriptors :   *MINE COUNTERMEASURES, *GEOACOUSTICS, *SEDIMENTS, *SEDIMENTATION, HIGH FREQUENCY, PERSIAN GULF, SHALLOW WATER, BATHYMETRY, SEISMIC DATA, INSTRUMENTATION, NAVAL RESEARCH, NAVAL OPERATIONS, ACOUSTIC SIGNALS, ACOUSTIC SCATTERING, GEOCHEMISTRY, OCEAN BOTTOM, SEA TESTING, RESEARCH SHIPS, MINES(ORDNANCE), CARBONATES, BIOGEOGRAPHY.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Acoustic Detection and Detectors
      Underwater Ordnance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE