© 2015


A New Vision of the Earth from the Abyss


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Geophysical Sciences book sub series (GEOPHYS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. P. Favali, L. Beranzoli, A. De Santis
    Pages 1-2
  3. Present scientific challenges to be addressed using seafloor observatories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. M. N. Çağatay, L. Geli, L. Gasperini, P. Henry, C. Gürbüz, N. Görür
      Pages 59-79
    3. V. Lykousis, K. Nittis, D. Ballas, L. Perivoliotis, D. Kassis, P. Pagonis et al.
      Pages 81-103
    4. J. M. Miranda, L. Matias, P. Terrinha, N. Zitellini, M. A. Baptista, F. Chierici et al.
      Pages 105-125
  4. Technical solutions for seafloor observatory architecture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. J. Marvaldi, J. Legrand, J. F. Masset, L. Delauney, M. Nicot, B. Darbot et al.
      Pages 179-209
    3. F. Gasparoni, F. Furlan, F. Bruni, F. Zanon, P. Favali, L. Beranzoli et al.
      Pages 229-304
  5. World-wide recent and ongoing projects and programmes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
    2. P. M. Bagley, K. L. Smith, B. J. Bett, I. G. Priede, G. Rowe, J. Clarke et al.
      Pages 325-344
    3. V. Bertin, J. Brunner, J. Carr, P. Coyle, C. Curtil, J-J. Destelle et al.
      Pages 369-414

About this book


The oceans cover 70% of the terrestrial surface, and exert a pervasive influence on the Earth's environment but their nature is poorly recognized. Knowing the ocean's role deeply and understanding the complex, physical, biological, chemical and geological systems operating within it represent a major challenge to scientists today. Seafloor observatories offer scientists new opportunites to study multiple, interrelated natural phenomena over time scales ranging from seconds to decades, from episodic to global and long-term processes.

Seafloor Observatories addresses the important and apparently simple question, "How can continuous and reliable monitoring at the seafloor by means of Seafloor Observatories extend exploration and improve knowledge of our planet?" The book leads the reader through

  • the present scientific challenges to be addressed with seafloor observatories;
  • the technical solutions for their architecture;
  • an excursus on worldwide ongoing projects and programmes.
  • some relevant scientific multidisciplinary results; and
  • a presentation of new and interesting long-term perspectives for the coming years.

Scientific results from seafloor observatories  will yield significant improvements and exert a strong impact not only on current knowledge of our Planet but also on human life evolution.


Abyss Biophysical interaction Natural phenomena Sea floor oberservatories Seafloor instabilities

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e VulcanologiaRomeItaly
  2. 2.Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e VulcanologiaRomeItaly
  3. 3.Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e VulcanologiaRomeItaly

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