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Naval Battlefield Reconstruction as a Predictive Model for Deep Water Remote Sensing:Search for Bluefields and U-576

Author(s): John Bright

Year: 2015

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In 2011, the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program awarded a grant to East Carolina University and NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary to conduct a battlefield analysis of a naval action which occurred off North Carolina during the Second World War. Specifically, researchers investigated action initiated against convoy KS-520 by German U-576 in July, 1942. Though the primary objective of the grant was to conduct historical and archeological evaluation of this naval engagement, it also resulted in a geospatial model that NOAA subsequently implemented in a remote-sensing search for two of the battle’s casualties: merchantman Bluefields and U-576. Combining a suite of remote sensing technology, researchers on the NOAA-led Battle of the Atlantic Expedition have tentatively located and identified both vessels in nearly 700 feet of water during the 2012, 2013, and 2014 field seasons. This paper explores both the predictive model and the remote sensing data collected therein. 


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Naval Battlefield Reconstruction as a Predictive Model for Deep Water Remote Sensing:Search for Bluefields and U-576. John Bright. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433774)


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Temporal Keywords
Second World War


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 417

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America