Main interest and daily activities
Sea bed morphology and sedimentary processes in the marine environment (coast to deep sea) on short to long term time scales (tides to glacial-interglacial cycles and longer).
Advice and support (on shore and at sea) NIOZ and non-NIOZ scientists in the use of marine acoustic equipment (=equipment that uses sound) that is designed to determine the depth of the ocean (bathymetry) and subbottom sediment layering, observe objects in the water column (like for instance fish, plankton and clouds of suspended sediments) and for underwater navigation (a bit like an `underwater GPS system'). Perform acoustic data processing and interpretation. Assist in organising and operating scientific cruises.
Current projects: EMODnet Bathymetry
Example of a 3D multibeam echosounder image: the Al Idrisi mud volcano, off shore Morocco
(diameter: 5 km, height: 275 m)