A Consortium designed to assemble leaders in gas hydrates research has been established at the University of Mississippi's Center for Marine Resources and Environmental Technology, CMRET
. The primary objective of the group is to design and emplace a remote monitoring station on the sea floor in the northern Gulf of Mexico by the year 2005, in an area where gas hydrates are known to be present at, or just below, the sea floor.
"Marion Dufresne" in the Gulf of Mexico, the USGS solicited a request from the Center for Marine Resources and Environmental Technology (CMRET
) for a core-site that would augment ongoing work in support of the establishment of a permanent sea floor monitoring station.