Participants:Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (IOLR), Geological Survey of Israel (GSI) and Echo-Ocean.
As part of the ongoing National Bathymetric Survey project done jointly by IOLR and the Geological Survey of Israel (GSI) we have utilized the R/V Mediterranean Explorer for one month deep Multibeam survey offshore Israel. The aim was to map the un-swath-mapped area that extends from water depths of 500 to 2000 m and to fill the gap in the knowledge of the seafloor coverage in the southeastern Mediterranean Sea. The mapping was done with the ELAC SeaBeam 3050 which is designed for mid-water depths up to 3000 m and is the only portable equipment that can be quickly mounted on a survey vessel. The very successful survey was done in five legs of 4-8 days and covered an area of ~ 8,700 km2 between water depths of 500-1600 m. The initial processing of the data indicate the existence of many fascinating morphological features on the seafloor.