Student Projects 2015

We are pleased to announce that the Innomar Student Project 2015 has finished successfully. Four students/institutions received direct support from Innomar Technologie GmbH which included our Innomar compact parametric sub-bottom profiler equipment and on-site training. The surveys were well organized and performed by all participants. The data analysis and reports were of high quality and led to interesting results. We believe that all findings have contributed to the understanding of the specific scientific problems in the survey areas and will stimulate further research and investigations.


The winner is ...

After evaluation of the submitted project reports we would like to name and congratulate the winning student and his project:

Winner 2015 Evangelos Alevizos, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany:
"Acoustic classification of fine-scale sediment variability and interconnection with benthic habitats of the Eckernförde Bay, Kiel"

Evangelos has acquired high-resolution sub-bottom data from the Mittelgrund area in Eckernförde Bay. He correlated the acoustical surface and sub-surface reflectors with backscatter data from a multi-beam survey and numerous grab samples. The statistically determined sediment classes showed good affiliation to three sub-bottom reflectors and a link between the depth of the basement and the coarseness of the surface sediments via erosion processes was established. Furthermore, the mapping of sedimentary types which contain specific benthic communities gave a better image of their distribution around the Mittelgrund area.


The other supported projects

The other students presented scientifically relevant results as well.

The data collected by Dea Brunovic (Croatian Geological Survey) allowed for the first time to map the submerged karst surface of Lake Vrana and Pirovac Bay, to delineate the Late Pleistocene and Holocene sedimentary deposits and environmental changes in the area. The detection of numerous and previously unknown pock marks could be linked to saltwater influx into the lake. This project has given a better insight into the link between the lake and the marine bay.

Felipe Cerezo Andreo (University of Murcia, Spain) performed a successful survey in the harbour basin of ancient Carthago Nova. The results offered the possibility to map the paleo talweg of the Benipila riverbed, to correlate the sedimentary succession with existing cores and to create a 3D model of the underwater Palaeolithic landscape. Future research will build on these findings in order to establish chronological phases of the harbour siltation and distribution of port activities from the Roman period to modern times.

Johanna Simon and Tina Kunde (HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany) investigated two wreck locations at the port entrance of Büsum during a combined MBES and SBP survey. Due to the presence of biogenic gas within the sediments, the wrecks could not be mapped with the sub-bottom profiler and only multi-beam data were evaluated during data processing.


What next?

The project results will be presented during our bi-annual workshop "Seabed Acoustics" in Rostock/Germany in November 2015. Furthermore, we will prepare a publication of the results of the winning project in near future.

Thanks again to all participating students which submitted a project proposal and particularly to those which performed a geophysical survey and analysed the acquired data.

Our initiative to support the science community was a great success and we certainly will proceed with similar activities in near future


Student Projects 2015 – Supported Projects

Many thanks to all participants who applied for our student research project 2015. More than 15 proposals to utilize our Innomar compact SBP system were received from students all over Europe. The range of applications covered marine archaeology, hydrography, geology, tectonics, environmental studies and habitat mapping.

It was not an easy task to decide for just three proposals to be supported and we tried to pick projects with different science questions, scopes and environments:

  • "The tectonic and sedimentological evolution of the harbour basin of ancient Carthago Nova (Cartagena, Spain)" Felipe Cerezo Andreo, University of Murcia, Spain
  • "Acoustic classification of fine-scale sediment variability and interconnection with benthic habitats of the Eckernförde Bay, Kiel" Evangelos Alevizos, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany
  • "Submerged Holocene karst environments: in search for the missing link between Lake Vrana the largest lake in Croatia and the sea" Dea Brunovic, Croatian Geological Survey, Croatia

Another project that has been accepted for the student project competition took already place in 2014:

  • "Wreck survey near the North Sea port of Büsum, Germany" Tina Kunde, Johanna Simon (HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany)

We wish all applicants success in their research work and look forward to the results and presentation of the best project in Hydro International and during Innomar's user conference "Seabed Acoustics 2015".