Ocean Outpost: The Future of Humans Living Underwater by Erik SeedhouseOcean Outpost: The Future of Humans Living Underwater by Erik Seedhouse

Ocean Outpost: The Future of Humans Living Underwater

byErik Seedhouse

Paperback | September 30, 2010

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One of the greatest scientific and technological achievements of the 21st century will be to cast a light on the eternal darkness of the deep ocean and this book identifies the key determinants of life or death in its extreme environment. Dr. Erik Seedhouse examines how individuals survive free dives to 200m, how humans adapt to breathing exotic gas mixes at depths exceeding 700m, and how technological innovation will enable humans to enter unendurable realms. The book describes the problems unique to the hostile environment of the deep ocean, such as decompression sickness, discusses how the human body responds to increased pressure, and what happens when adaptive mechanisms fail. Ocean Outpost describes how the technology will evolve, how crews will be selected and trained and what a typical underwater mission will entail. The book also chronicles the frontiers of diving medicine that will eventually take humans into the midst of a world we could once only guess at. Ocean Outpost is an undersea roadmap charting the future of man's exploration of Earth's last vast unexplored territory. To realize the goal of an extended human presence underwater a wealth of new technologies will be developed, such as new manned and unmanned submersibles, advanced propulsion systems, underwater rescue systems, decompression methods, and revolutionary physiological intervention strategies ranging from liquid ventilation to artifical gills.
Dr. Erik Seedhouse is an aerospace and hyper/hypobaric research scientist specializing in space life sciences and diving physiology. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physiology while working for the European Space Agency between 1996 and 1998. In 2001, he established the Freediving Research Project while working as a co-director of the Extreme...
Title:Ocean Outpost: The Future of Humans Living UnderwaterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:187 pagesPublished:September 30, 2010Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1441963561

ISBN - 13:9781441963567

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Table of Contents

Preface.- Acknowledgements.- About the Author.- List of figures.- List of tables.- List of panels.- List of abbreviations and acronyms.- Section I Diving.- Chapter 1:No Limits freediving.- Chapter 2: Technical and saturation diving.- Part II Manned Submersibles and Undersea Habitats.- Chapter 3: Hardsuits.- Chapter 4: Manned Submersibles.- Chapter 5: Personal Submersibles and underwater flight.- Chapter 6: Ocean outpost.- Part III Ocean Exploitation.- Chapter 7: Deep-sea mining and energy exploitation.- Chapter 8: Ocean medicine.- Section IV Revolutionary Undersea Medicine.- Chapter 9: Liquid breathing and artificial gills.- Chapter 10: Becoming homo aquaticus.- Appendix.- Epilogue.- Index