National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Participates in Seafloor Survey to Map Limits of the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) [August 04, 2014]
Brian Van Pay, Department of State, Executive Director of the ECS Project Office located at NGDC, and NGDC scientist Brian Meyer are to participate in the U.S. ECS bathymetric, seismic, gravitational/magnetic potential field survey to map the ocean floor East of Newark, New Jersey to Norfolk, Virginia. This three-week long survey is to collect bathymetric, seismic, and gravity data which will be analyzed by the ECS Project to determine the US outer limit points for the Atlantic region. Under international law as reflected in the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), every coastal nation has continental shelf that extends out to 200 nautical miles, where that nation has jurisdiction over resources. The ECS is that area beyond 200 nautical miles that also meets the criteria of the continental shelf as set forth in Article 76 of UNCLOS, which would extend the resource jurisdiction of the coastal nation. NGDC is the data integration and long-term archive center for the U.S. ECS project and supports the analysis required to determine the limits of the U.S. continental shelf.
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