- The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Marine Science
at Stennis Space Center has produced more than $5.3 million in research
funding for fiscal year 2003 - a new department record.
is unique about this accomplishment is that it was a true team effort
with every member of our faculty and research staff applying their
expertise to forward scientific endeavor in their fields,"
said Dr. Denis Wiesenburg, chair of the Department of Marine Science.
2003 research dollars included 14 awards of more than $100,000 each.
Dr. Stephan Howden spearheaded the year's largest grant for the
Office of Naval Research titled "Hydrography Research for Marine
Vertical Positioning and Seabed Classification." The $1.6 million
grant will fund the construction, deployment, and maintenance of
a 3-meter discus buoy in the Gulf of Mexico.
conducting research into ways to improve precise GPS positioning
in marine environments," Howden said.
from the new buoy will help researchers better determine sea-level
elevation through advanced GPS modeling.
in water vapor in the atmosphere change the accuracy of positioning
with GPS," Howden said. "If we can estimate and account
for those changes, there will be numerous applications for the more
In one such
application, more accurate GPS data will allow more precise charting
of the underwater landscape, enabling ships to load more goods,
maintain deeper drafts, and benefit from larger economies of scale.
A second part
of this research project will address new procedures for classifying
the sea bottom using acoustical multibeam and side-scan sonar data
that are routinely taken as part of surveys for charting the seafloor.
This research, led by Dr. Jerald Caruthers, Southern Miss professor
of marine science, will provide a value-added product to the sea
floor soundings that are routinely taken for NOAA, the U. S. Navy,
and other organizations.
research grants, marine science faculty and staff will take on projects
for such agencies as the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department
of Navy, the Naval Research Laboratory, NASA, the National Science
Foundation, the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, the U.S.
Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office.
These projects will include worldwide marine research into such
areas as underwater acoustics, marine sediment classification, numerical
modeling, undersea vehicles technology, remote sensing of sea surface
salinity, and optical properties of harmful alga.
Miss Department of Marine Science is strategically located at Stennis
Space Center in Hancock County, Miss., home to the world's largest
population of oceanographers and hydrographers. The department offers
both master's and doctoral degrees in marine science and a master's
degree in hydrographic science.