Geological Survey Ireland will host the following guest lecture and case study on seabed mapping: "The seafloor geodiversity revealed from flight MH370 search data" presented by Kim Picard, Marine Geologist with Geoscience Australia.

Geoscience Australia (GA) is Australia's national public-sector geoscience organisation and the nation's trusted advisor on the geology and geography of Australia. The agency applies science and technology to describe and understand the Earth for the benefit of Australia.

The marine geoscience group at GA focuses on national coordination of data acquisition, delivery of fundamental marine geoscience datasets and development of integrated science products. Since 2014, GA has been applying specialist marine geoscience knowledge and capability to assist in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southeast Indian Ocean. This presentation will illustrate the geological findings associated with the seabed data acquired from the search for flight MH370.

This new seabed data highlights the complexity of the search area and demonstrates how little we know about the 85-90% of the ocean floor that has not been mapped in high resolution. The availability detailed, accurate maps of the ocean floor can clearly provide new insights into the Earth’s geological evolution, modern ocean floor processes, and the location of sites that are likely to have relatively high biodiversity.


Story Map:

Date and time: Monday 2nd October 2017, 4pm-5pm

Location: Geological Survey Ireland, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4