The CMRET, with funding provided by the Minerals Management Service ,the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is planning to install a multisensor monitoring station on the continental slope of the northern Gulf of Mexico for the purpose of remotely observing changes in the physical and chemical parameters of gas hydrate outcrops. The need for such observations comes from the growing realization by many that sea floor stability may be influenced by the presence of gas hydrates and instances of their sporadic disassociation. Such episodes appear to be related to fault movement, perhaps caused by local salt adjustment, or simply to oceanographic processes. Water depth at the outcrops is about 1000 meters. Direct observations are not practical. It is expected to be more cost-effective to design and deploy a remotely operated station that will take appropriate measurements more or less continuously over an extended period of time. For the latest information on this topic see the items listed below:
A Multidisciplinary Sea-floor Observatory in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Results of Preliminary Studies
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