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HEBBLE Project records

 Record Group
Identifier: AC-58

Scope and Content Note

The records include material from the HEBBLE project, including bass and related data, conference and meeting information, engineering details, public relations, manuscripts, and scheduling.


  • 1977-1984

Language of Materials

The records are in



Open: materials are available for research.


Copyright: Permission to publish material from the collection must be authorized by the Institution Archivist.

Historical Information

The goal of the High Energy Benthic Boundary Layer Experiment (HEBBLE) was to elucidate deep sea processes of flow-sediment interaction, particularly the role of high energy ocean bottom current events in forming the seafloor topography, transporting material, and mixing the bottom of the water column. The benthic boundary layer (BBL) is the region from a few tens of centimeters below the deep sea floor to a few tens of meters above the floor, at depths where surface wave effects are negligible. The term “high energy BBL” refers to areas in which the dominant processes affecting the sediment are flow related. HEBBLE comprised a series of observations at and near the sea bottom, in water depths of 4 to 5 km, in areas of the western North Atlantic where high energy current events occur. The research was carried out jointly by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and scientific principal investigators from throughout the nation. The project director was WHOI’s own Charlie Hollister.

[This information was taken from the JPL Publication 80-2 High Energy Benthic Boundary Layer Experiment (HEBBLE): Preliminary Program Plan and Conceptual Design.]


3 boxes (1.5 lin. ft.)


The HEBBLE Project records include bass and related data, conference and meeting information, engineering details, public relations, manuscripts, and scheduling material.


Arranged in a single series:

List of Series:

Custodial History

The custodial history of the records is undocumented.

Acquisitions Information

The records were received on March 8, 2004 from Albert J. "Sandy" Williams, as acc.2004-21.

Related Material

Related material can be found in MC-31, Charlie Hollister Papers and in the Archive's collection of bottom photography.

Separated Material

Data from film, slides, and cartridges was removed to the Data Collection.

Processing Information

The records are unprocessed, but a folder listing was created in October 2003.

A Guide to the HEBBLE Project records, 1977-1984
October 13, 2003
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written inEnglish

Repository Details

Part of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Data Library and Archives Repository