Partnerships in Shipwreck Exploration

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Partnerships in Shipwreck Exploration

Postby scott_bentley » Thu Jun 09, 2011 12:04 pm

Partnerships in Shipwreck Exploration

Mark Gleason, Ph.D., Chief Marine Scientist, Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum
http://www.glnmm.org

Shipwreck exploration or Maritime Archeology is an expensive undertaking due to the logistics. To explore underwater often requires support ships and expensive gear that few organization can justify. Expeditions can be organized if the ship wreck is historically significant, or contains articles of value that can be recovered to cover the expedition’s costs. In the Great Lakes there are thousands of shipwrecks and only a few reach the level of interest that leads to financial support.

This presentation will cover the Great Lakes ROV dives in 2010 and 2011 that were undertaken by a new partnership of businesses, non-profits and government. These teams represented groups that, while they had different goals for the ROV dives, were able to work together to explore several shipwreck sites that would have not been explored due to costs. These costs could only be covered by cooperation from groups that have different missions.

Presentation will include video from several great Lakes shipwrecks explored by this partnership’s team.
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Bio

Postby scott_bentley » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:38 pm

Dr. Mark Gleason has nearly ten years of diverse experience in the operation of ROVs in education, research and industry. His Ph.D. dissertation research demonstrated the usefulness of small ROVs in natural resources education programs. Those programs and their development led to positions creating educational programs at museums. Those efforts resulted in unique underwater experiences for thousands of students and the general public. Other professional work includes several years operating ROVs in the oil/gas industry in the middle-east.

His recent work includes developing partnerships between government agencies, non-profits and industry to explore shipwrecks. Those partnerships have used ROVs and side scan sonar to explore approximately thirty Great Lakes shipwrecks. In addition he is creating a marine tech program with a Michigan college that will provide ROV training for college students.
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Postby scott_bentley » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:40 pm

Mark's ROV.JPG
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