Through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, Karl Biederbeck spent the summer of 2010 working under Dr. William Hanshumaker at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR. His project involved taking information and videos from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Vents Program and using the videos to create an interactive computer program to be exhibited at the Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center. The research Biederbeck will showcase in this exhibit focuses on a variety of topics including plate tectonics, underwater volcanoes, hydrothermal vents and their associated ecosystems, deep-sea research technology, and ocean acidification. Most of the videos were filmed during remotely operable vehicle dives that took place over the past seven years in the Eastern Pacific. Although the project has not yet been completed, it is still under production this summer.
For an idea of what the project will look like, view Karl Biederbeck's working prototype.