The first phase of the project has been dedicated to the establishment of two operational centers: the main engineering, administrative, and scientific office at Santo Domingo and the field operational office in Puerto Plata. Six site visits to Puerto Plata took place between late August 2013 and early January 2014. Housing and office facilities were secured for investigators, professors, and research assistant students for their fieldwork. PI Eduardo Sagredo Robles spoke at an international conference on research and development activities in the Dominican Republic in late October, then visited the Sarmiento de Gamboa, a Spanish oceanographic research vessel, at the port of Santo Domingo. An agreement was made for the ship to supply data from sonic maps that the crew plans to make off the Dominican Republic’s northern coast.
Prof. Sagredo visited his U.S. partner Naphtali David Rishe at Florida International University January 20-24, 2014. The goal of the visit was to discuss all aspects and scope of the future field work, as well as to discuss the theoretical analysis and details of the data obtained. Following the visit, work continued on a winch system that will lower sensors into the ocean for gathering field data, with an eye towards making an inaugural sea field trip in early April 2014.