New Partnership Creates Combined Hydrography and Oceanography Portfolio

Subsea Europe Services (Hamburg, Germany) and Cyprus Subsea Consulting and Services (Nicosia, Cyprus) have entered into a new strategic cooperation to share knowledge and services that will simplify the acquisition of high-quality marine data for clients across Europe. The agreement, which was signed on 1 January 2021, is the foundation for matching the extensive autonomous and long-term water column survey experience of Cyprus Subsea and Subsea Europe Services' seafloor surveying expertise to provide a harmonized hydrography and oceanography portfolio from a single, Europe-wide source. Additionally, both companies will share knowledge on the continuing development of autonomous solutions for marine surveying,... (read more)
2021-01-15 11:06:26

New Golden Age of Exploration

Hydro International interviews Jyotika Virmani
Jyotika Virmani was executive director of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE before she entered Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), also as executive director. Two positions at the forefront of state-of-the-art and new technological developments and discoveries, shaping both the future of ocean research and a sustainable future for the oceans, forming the perfect job switch. Hydro International spoke with Jyotika Virmani about SOI and other ambitious projects that are helping to save the ocean. First of all, Virmani explained how she landed the position with the non-profit foundation that Eric and Wendy Schmidt started back in 2009. It was all about... (read more)
2021-01-12 08:51:10

"Oi Connect Really Delivered for the Ocean Science and Technology Communityā€¯

Oceanology International 2020, held this year as a virtual event from 1 to 4 December on the custom-built, AI-driven Oi Connect events and meetings platform, completed its inaugural session to acclaim from the ocean science and technology communities. Ralph Rayner, president of the Society for Underwater Technology, said: “2020 has presented its challenges to the world and the ocean science and technology community. However, I was delighted with how Oi Connect managed to bring so many of the community together. The Oi Connect platform saw many hundreds of meeting and conference hours delivered. Good business has been conducted and new... (read more)
2020-12-15 08:33:56

SeaTrac Systems Launches Open Solar-powered USV

SeaTrac Systems has announced that the SP-48 is now commercially available. The SeaTrac SP-48 is a persistent Uncrewed Surface Vehicle (USV) designed for users who require a flexible data gathering and communications platform that adapts to a wide variety of operational scenarios and payloads. The solar-powered, 4.8-metre SP-48 offers greater power, payload capacity and performance over current systems for commercial, scientific and defence applications. “Increasingly, customers’ missions are growing in complexity, requiring a range of sensors, and they’re looking for less costly, less resource-intensive and more flexible solutions to carry out a variety of tasks simultaneously in the challenging ocean environment,”... (read more)
2020-12-15 08:28:12

New Partnership Between Schmidt Ocean Institute and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), the United Nations body responsible for championing global ocean science and services, has announced a new partnership to work together with philanthropic non-profit Schmidt Ocean Institute to advance the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The Institute’s research vessel Falkor will collect ocean data that will feed knowledge generation throughout the Ocean Decade during a January deep-sea mapping expedition off the Coral Sea Marine Park in Australia. This will add to the over 50,000 square kilometres of seafloor mapped to date during their expeditions in the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea Marine Parks in 2020.  The Ocean... (read more)
2020-12-11 10:16:37

Metal Geochemistry Meets Machine Learning in the North Atlantic

Surveying the seabed is still an enormous task. So far, only 20% of the regions under water have been mapped with echosounders. This refers only to the topography, not to the content; that is, the composition of the seafloor. “The existing sampling efforts are virtually just tiny pinpricks in the vast amount of uncertainty that has so far covered the seafloor,” says Dr Timm Schöning from the Deep-Sea Monitoring group of GEOMAR, who led an iAtlantic expedition aboard the German research vessel Maria S. Merian in autumn 2020. Over a period of four weeks, a team of geochemists and data... (read more)
2020-11-27 11:25:25

Hydrospatial and the Marine Environment

The First Steps to Going Beyond Charting
Hydrographic offices (HOs) today exist in a world of accelerating technological change that is influencing human behaviour and creating new needs and ways of exploiting data to understand our world. HOs have traditionally been the producers of nautical information for safety of navigation. By the end of the 20th century, with the appearance of the IHO S-57 Standard, their main challenge was to evolve into a central database production system. Now, the critical challenge and opportunity is to evolve from there into a true geospatial agency, developing a hydrospatial information system (HIS) capable of providing products and services for multidimensional analysis... (read more)
2020-11-23 11:19:07

USF and NOAA Launch Cooperative Ocean Mapping Center

The University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science has been awarded a five-year, US$9 million cooperative agreement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Coast Survey to launch the Center for Ocean Mapping and Innovative Technologies (COMIT). COMIT, located on the USF St. Petersburg campus, will develop new technologies and approaches to ocean and coastal zone mapping in line with NOAA’s commitment to building resilient coastal ecosystems, communities and economies.  “This partnership between the University of South Florida and NOAA will enable us to deliver detailed maps of the seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico,” said... (read more)
2020-11-17 10:00:26

Ocean Business Postponed until July 2021

Ocean Business organizer Diversified Communications UK has confirmed that the show’s next edition has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The ocean technology exhibition and training forum will now take place from 6-8 July 2021 at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK. Cheri Arvonio, event director of Ocean Business, says: “Like all businesses, we have been closely following the rapidly changing developments during these difficult times. While we are hopeful that the current tough measures on restricted social interaction will be lifted by the spring, there are still too many questions surrounding hotels, travel, social distancing measures... (read more)
2020-11-10 10:17:16

Ocean Business July 6-8 2021

About Ocean Business Ocean Business is a hands-on ocean technology exhibition and training forum which is owned and organised by Diversified Communications UK in partnership with the Society of Maritime Industries. Since its launch in 2007 it has been hosted by the National Oceanography Centre where the event benefits from utilising the facilities of a world class centre. In recent years the event has grown substantially and now attracts over 360 exhibitors and 5000 international attendees. To find out more, visit www.oceanbusiness.com.   Ocean Business organiser Diversified Communications UK has confirmed that the show’s next edition has been postponed due... (read more)
2020-11-09 04:24:38
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