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Welcome to The BEAMS Program
The College of Charleston BEnthic Acoustic Mapping and Survey Program

(formerly known as the SeaMap Program)


Multibeam Sonar Studies of the Seafloor
Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences
Supervised by Drs. Leslie Sautter and Scott Harris

 

The BEAMS Program has recently expanded to include the
University of Washington School of Oceanography!


View the Project Areas . | .View the Research Posters .| .

Beam Team 2011's Great Adventure to Bull's Scarp!

Photos of the
Beam Team '11
cruise and students


 


Click on the links below to meet the "Beam Teams," and view photo galleries
from several multibeam sonar seafloor mapping cruises.

BEAM TEAM
2007

Cruise: Nov. 2006

BEAM TEAM
2008
Cruise: Jan. 2008

BEAM TEAM
2009

Cruise: Oct. 2008
     

 

Where are the Beam Team students now? Visit our alumni page.

Read about us in the news! (Oct. 23, 2008 | Oct. 29, 2008)

 

We are very grateful for our PARTNERS:
- From 2006 to 2012, the NOAA National Ocean Service generously allocated
annual shiptime aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, allowing our students
to conduct multibeam studies.

- The NOAA Coastal Services Center in North Charleston, SC sponsored this shiptime.

- CARIS Inc. has created an Academic Partnership with the College of Charleston BEAMS Program. With their support and an annual contribution by
Highland Geo Solutions, we are able to train undergraduate students using
the HIPS 8.1 software for multibeam sonar processing.
- EIVA Marine Survey Solutions is an industry partner, offering training and licenses for their NaviPac and NaviScan multibeam sonar online (acquisition) software.
- QPS Hydrographic and Marine Software Solutions is also an industry partner that offers training and licenses
for QINSy data acquisition, navigation and processing
software package and Fledermaus 4D sonar processing software.
- Global Coast Survey is a small group of specialized surveyors and data processors who contract with the oil & gas industry. Owned by a BEAMS alum,
GCS donates training and hardware to the program.

 

Areas of Study
Select an image to examine different areas the students have studied.
Or, visit the Research Posters portion of this site.

HOME

Doc's Rocks
Mapped '06
Shelf Edge off SC coast

Doc's Rocks North
Northeast or Doc's Rocks
Mapped '08

Shelf Edge off SC coast
Transect Meanders
Mid-Shelf off
Charleston, SC
meanders




"George's Ridge"
Shelf Edge off
South Carolina coast, northeast
of Doc's Rocks North

J-Reef
North northeast of Gray's Reef
National Marine Sanctuary, off
the Georgia coast
"Southern Exposure"
South of Gray's Reef National
Marine Sanctuary, off
the Georgia coast

 

...Studies completed, but web pages are still under construction...
(click on link to view related posters)

 

Hydrate Ridge
Continental Margin off the
Oregon coast; Regional
Scale Node of the OOI

Axial Seamount
Undersea volcano off the
Washington coast; Regional
Scale Node of the OOI
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Coral reefs off the north
and south coasts of the
island.

 

 

Georgetown Hole
Shelf Edge off
South Carolina coast

Julian's Ridge
Shelf Edge off
South Carolina coast
Scamp Ridge
Shelf Edge off
South Carolina coast
gtown julian scamp

 

 

Pulley Ridge
Shelf Edge off
Southwest Florida coast
  Miami Terrace
Florida Straits off the eastern Florida coast
 

 

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