OCEANOGRAPHIC MOWER CRUISE
Keywords: ROV, Three-dimensional, WCS, Artificial Vision, GIS, Oceanography, Modelling
Abstract. The MOWER Cruise has executed a geophysics and geologic expedition in the Gulf of Cádiz (sector adjacent to the Strait of Gibraltar) and west off Portugal, in the framework of the coordinate research project MOWER “Erosive features and associated sandy deposits generated by the Mediterranean Outflow Water (MOW) around Iberia: paleoceanographic, sedimentary & economic implications” (CTM 2012–39599–C03). The main aim of this project is to identify and study the erosional features (terraces and channels) and associated sedimentary deposits (sandy contourites) generated by the Mediterranean Water Masses around the middle continental slope of Iberia (The Mediterranean Outflow Water – MOW – in the Atlantic margins), their Pliocene and Quaternary evolution and their paleoceanographic, sedimentary and economic implications. This objective directly involves the study of alongslope (contourite) processes associated with the MOW and across–slope (turbiditic flows, debris flows, etc.) processes in the sedimentary stacking pattern and evolution of the Iberian margins. The MOWER project and cruise are related to the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 339 (Mediterranean Outflow). It is also linked and coordinated with CONDRIBER Project “Contourite drifts and associated mass–transport deposits along the SW Iberia margin – implications to slope stability and tsunami hazard assessment” (2013–2015) funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Portugal (PTDC/GEO–GEO/4430/2012).