Current meter mooring in Mexican watersNews // April 25, 2003
The MMS is funding a study conducted by the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Enseñada (CICESE), Baja California, Mexico to add to knowledge of currents in the deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico.
The contract calls for deployment of a single mooring in 3,400m of water south of New Orleans near the geographical location of 25 degrees latitude north, 90 degrees longitude west.
The mooring configuration consists of six single point current meters and three Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers covering the entire water column, and will operate for a period of twelve months.This mooring will collect data to complement deepwater current measurements being conducted by the MMS-funded Exploratory Study of Deepwater Currents in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as two moorings funded through the Coastal Marine Institute with Louisiana State University. The studies will provide important data to help analyze and understand the currents within the Gulf of Mexico. MMS uses such information for environmental assessments.