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Data courtesy of University of Tromsø
As the world's thirst for energy continues unabated, the risks we are taking to find and produce our finite supply of fossil fuels
will only intensify. Not just monetary risks, but safety
and environmental risks as well. The human and environmental tragedy of the explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon is a prime example. We are producing oil in more and more difficult conditions all the time; most of the low-hanging fruit has been picked. The recent blow to the nuclear industry at Fukushima only puts additional pressure on fossil fuels. Continuing innovation in sub-ocean bottom imaging is crucial to minimizing risk as we continue our search for new sources of energy. Assessing potential energy resources (and hazards) such as gas hydrates requires new methods of high-resolution imaging. More...