Understanding sediment transfer from land to ocean



A new research program focusing on sediment dispersal across the active margin of the New Zealand east coast has provided the foundation for a holistic understanding of the transport and fate of terrestrial materials in the coastal ocean. Field studies began in January 2005 with two acoustic mapping and shallow seabed sampling expeditions to the shelf and slope off the Waipaoa River (Figure l), and in February 2006, the specially designed French research vessel (R/V) Marion Dufresne II collected seven long (up to 25 meters) piston cores from the study area for stratigraphic control. Both the 2005 and 2006 expeditions are part of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) MARGINS Source-to-Sink (S2S) initiative.