Compact ARCboat Lite Enables Safer and More Efficient Surveys

The ARCboat Lite is a portable and compact version of HR Wallingford’s award-winning remote-controlled survey vessel, the ARCboat. Weighing only 15kg and just 1.3m long, the ARCboat Lite can be carried and deployed by a single person and easily fits inside the boot of a typical family hatchback. It can operate in flows of up to 2.5m/s, in water as shallow as 22cm, and it costs less than the larger ARCboat. According to the manufacturer, both ARCboats are safer than manned vessels as operators can survey from the bank rather than venturing out on to the water. They also minimise... (read more)
2019-08-27 08:10:32

Laurent Kerléguer appointment general manager of the French Hydrographic Service

Laurent Kerléguer is appointed general manager of the French Hydrographic and Oceanographic Serves. (Service hydrographique et océanographique de la marine). The chief engineer of the armament was born on December 29, 1965 in Brest, France. He graduated from ENSTA Paris in 1988. After embarking on the PH Jeanne d'Arc from 1988 to 1989 he joined the Atlantic Hydrographic Mission aboard the Borda as Assistant Hydrographer Engineer to the Director. Technical Director of French Polynesia In 1992 he became head of the Applied Oceanography section of the Shom Military Marine Science Center in Brest, which he held until 1996. He then joined... (read more)
2019-07-19 11:40:41

Next Geosolutions Welcomes Three New Key Team Members

International geoscience and engineering services provider Next Geosolutions has recently welcomed three new key team members. The company operates in the energy, infrastructure and utility markets, Alison Lucas Collie is an experienced technical and management professional. She has worked at consultancy level supporting engineering in energy development projects during her roles at Fugro, Gardline, 4C Offshore and DeepOcean. She has joined Next Geosolutions as Tender Manager. Surveyor and Data Processor Alison’s technical specialism originates from working offshore as a surveyor and data processor after her first degree in hydrography and astronomy at Plymouth, then developing to gain an MSc in... (read more)
2019-06-27 09:52:08

Exploring the Deepest Points on Planet Earth

Report on The Five Deeps Expedition
As extreme explorer Victor Vescovo continues his round-the-world expedition to become the first person to descend to the five deepest points in the Earth’s five oceans using the custom-built deep submergence vehicle Limiting Factor, it prompts the question: ‘Do we know as much about the deepest places on our planet as we thought?’ As extreme explorer Victor Vescovo continues his round-the-world expedition to become the first person to descend to the five deepest points in the Earth’s five oceans using the custom-built deep submergence vehicle Limiting Factor, it prompts the question: ‘Do we know as much about the deepest places on our planet as we thought?’ Today, the best global maps of the oceans have a resolution of 30 arc-second grid cells (926m at the equator). Approximately 82% of the grid cells do not include a single depth measurement (Weatherall et al., 2015), and the percentage of the seafloor that has been directly... (read more)
2019-06-18 03:32:12

Will Hydrographic Geospatial Data Pass the Fit-for-purpose Test?

Build a Forward-thinking Marine Community
In 2017, OceanWise outlined the work of the UN-GGIM. The Committee of Experts endorsed the terms of reference for establishing a Working Group on Marine Geospatial Information. Here, Dr Mike Osborne and John Pepper provide a timely update on what has been happening since then. In 2017, OceanWise outlined the work of the UN-GGIM. The Committee of Experts endorsed the terms of reference for establishing a Working Group on Marine Geospatial Information. Here, Dr Mike Osborne and John Pepper provide a timely update on what has been happening since then. The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) aims to address global challenges relating to how geospatial information is created, managed and utilized. The UN seeks to overcome these challenges by improving access to fit-for-purpose geospatial information and for it to be an essential enabler on meeting the global community’s Sustainable... (read more)
2019-06-18 02:00:08

Map Shows Warming Waters Where Coral Reefs Could Be Under Threat

The ocean is increasingly becoming too hot to handle and coral reefs are suffering as a result, according to a recent publication on Mongabay, a website with news and inspiration from nature's frontline. Above-normal sea surface temperatures due to human-induced climate change are creating conditions that are stressing coral reefs, causing them to bleach, a phenomenon by which heat-stressed corals are forced to expel the symbiotic algae that provide them with nutrition, leaving them weak and ghostly white. If the heat stress persists for too long, reefs may never recover, and even die. A new interactive map has been made... (read more)
2019-06-17 02:43:46

Exploring the Deepest Points on the Planet

As extreme explorer Victor Vescovo continues his round-the-world expedition to become the first person to descend to the five deepest points in the Earth’s five oceans using the custom-built deep submergence vehicle 'Limiting Factor', it prompts the question: ‘Do we know as much about the deepest places on our planet as we thought?’ The best global maps of the oceans have a resolution of 30 arc-second grid cells (926m at the equator). Approximately 82% of the grid cells do not include a single depth measurement (Weatherall et al., 2015), and the percentage of the seafloor that has been directly measured... (read more)
2019-06-02 09:26:10

Winners Announced in XPRIZE for Advancements in Autonomous Ocean Exploration

XPRIZE, a global leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, has announced winners in the US$7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a global competition to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery. The results were revealed at an awards ceremony hosted at the world-renowned Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, part of the Oceanographic Institute, Prince Albert I of Monaco Foundation. The grand prize winner, receiving a total of US$4M, was GEBCO-NF Alumni, an international team based in the United States, while KUROSHIO from Japan claimed US$1M as the runner-up: GEBCO-NF (International) – Led by... (read more)
2019-06-03 09:25:26

Eco-engineers Strive to Save Endangered Marine Species

The team at ARC Marine believe a new type of patented marine technology could be used to preserve some of the planet’s most valuable commercial species of fish, while also helping to rebuild damaged reef systems. In the following interview, co-founders Tom Birbeck and James Doddrell explain their innovative solution to one of the world’s most urgent marine challenges. Inspiration for an Artificial Reef System? “As highly experienced divers, we had seen first-hand the damage being done to aquatic ecosystems around the world, from Europe to Australia and Fiji. Once these fragile systems are undermined, they can reach a ‘tipping point’... (read more)
2019-05-28 09:37:55

Acceleration Development of Innovative Artificial Reef System

ARC Marine, the company that invented a pioneering system for building artificial reefs, has received a Rapid Innovation Grant from Marine-i to enable it to progress to the next stage of the project. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is designed to help the marine tech sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, UK, grow through harnessing the full potential of research and innovation. ARC Marine’s unique system for building artificial reefs is called Reef Cubes. This patented invention is a robust and simple interlocking modular system that is ideal for restoring complex marine environments. It has... (read more)
2019-05-10 11:17:41
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