Friday, 8 May 2009

CV09_23 Ground Truthing in Bantry and Dunmanus Bays

From 22nd to 28th April, INFOMAR staff were amongst a crew of scientists that were busy collecting a large number of ground truthing samples from the seabed in Bantry and Dunmanus Bays in Cork on the Celtic Voyager as part of research by Dublin City University (DCU) on pockmark features in the bays. Also included were scientists from University of Limerick (UL) and Aquafact Environmental Survey Specialists. Before the transit to west Cork, mobilisation, testing and training was done in Cork Harbour.

Day Grab recovery from Cork Harbour of coarse grained sediment and large shells.

The 290 metre long Grand Princess cruise liner in Cobh.

Gravity cores, box cores and day grabs were recovered from the seabed with video footage from selected sites. In all over 5 days of 24 hour operations, 132 sampling stations and 12 gravity core stations were covered. The physical, chemical and biological content of these samples
will be analysed to gain an insight into the nature of the seabed in the bays and also close to the pockmarks features. The leg ended in demobilisation in Castletown Bere and was deemed very successful for all parties.

Plan view of day grab recovery. Note the muddy nature of the seabed and the brittle starfish recovered in the grab.

Elevation view of box core recovery. Note the change in colour of the sediment from green/brown to grey around 5 cm from the surface. Sediments recovered were generally composed of mud and clay.

Recovery of the gravity corer with 2 metre barrel from the A-frame of the Celtic Voyager. Average recovery from the corer was around 1.20 metres of mud and clay.

View of the west Cork coastline on the Sheep's Head peninsula from inner Dunmanus Bay.

All INFOMAR data is available for free download here.

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