Bathymetry, backscatter and water column anomaly data will be collected to pull together a comprehensive picture of surficial geological features.
The seafloor mapping will be performed by Fugro using its geophysical vessel,Fugro Discovery, and includes acquisition of 10,500 sq km (4,054 sq mi) of multibeam echo sounder data and sub-bottom profiler data.
This will be followed by coring up to 150 geochemical targets and 20 heat flow measurements, complete with shipboard geochemical screening testing, further shore-based geochemical analyses (carried out by AGI) and an integrated, interpreted data package. AGI’s geochemical analyses will determine the hydrocarbon signature of the samples.
The comprehensive data package will be available in early 2018 and is being licensed from both Fugro and AGI.