Physical Oceanography Activities in Malaysian Waters

Coastal and marine areas of Malaysian waters have played a very important role in the development of the Malasian economy and have provided an extremely necessary resource. A lot of effort has been put into protection of the marine environment and sustainable use of marine resources by the Malaysian government and various international organisations. However, an imbalance has arisen between the processes involved in these developments. Physical oceanography as a basic and important aspect of the understanding of oceanic uncertainties has not received enough attention in the region. This is due to various reasons and constraints. This paper attempts to... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Some Early German Contributions to Oceanography

The names Augustus Petermann, Victor Hensen, Carl Chun, Fritz Spiess, Alfred Merz, and Gunter Dietrich are hardly household names. Even today their names are little known in the geographic, oceanographic, and hydrographic communities which they served so well. They were all part of a thriving German geographic and oceanographic community which made many advances in the three generations between the late 19th century and the advent of the Second World War. Their work is little known except to a few science historians and interested oceanographers, primarily as a result of the World Wars. Collectively, their ships had such names as... (read more)
2010-11-01 04:57:24

Oceanography Assists Rescue Hudson River Plane

Operational oceanography played a key role in the safe rescue of all 155 people on board US Airways Flight 1549 which crashed into the Hudson River on 15 January 2009, as Alan F. Blumberg of the Centre for Maritime Systems, Stevens Institute of Technology writes in the latest issue of the Journal of Operational Oceanography (JOO) published by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).   From his campus window Professor Blumberg could easily see the plane with its passengers standing on the wings awaiting rescue. He and his colleague Nickitas Georgas were able to use the Stevens... (read more)
2009-09-08 08:41:43

East China Sea’s Physical Oceanography Explored

Just days before a team of researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and National Taiwan University set out to conduct fieldwork in the East China Sea, Typhoon Morakot — one of the most destructive storms ever to hit Taiwan — made landfall on the island, causing widespread damage and drastically altering the flow of water along the nearby continental shelf. This provided interesting ‘live’ research topics. In their work to understand the strong currents over the continental shelf and slope in the East China Sea, the researchers used four ships for intensive sampling of the continental shelf and slope,... (read more)
2013-09-16 12:41:21

Physical Oceanography and Sea-ice Physics

The annual Fram Strait cruise in September 2008 with R/V Lance is a long standing tradition at Norwegian Polar Institute. Since 1997 NPI has been deploying 4 to 6 moorings (containing around 20-24 instruments in total) in the East Greenland Current to measure temperature, salinity and velocities at different depths in the Fram Strait.   The purpose is to analyse the outflow of water masses and sea ice from the Arctic into the Nordic Seas and Atlantic Ocean. Due to anomalously heavy sea-ice conditions in 2007 we were not able to recover any of the 6 moorings last year. Hence,... (read more)
2008-10-16 11:37:31

Oceanography from Space and by Diving Autonomously

Hydro International Interviews Capt US Navy Don Walsh (Retd), PhD
Don Walsh, who recently gave a presentation at the conference ‘Catch the Next Wave’ in London, UK, has extensive experience in oceanology and prefers to call himself ‘explorer’. This results in an impressive resumé. He was in the US Navy, was the first US Navy submersible pilot and has been a member of the Board of Directors of many oceanographic and offshore organisations and businesses. A summary of honours and awards includes the Legion of Merit awarded by President Eisenhower. Hydro International talked to Don Walsh on space remote sensing, ocean mapping, underwater vehicles and the new generation of young... (read more)
2014-05-19 02:10:16

South Korean Satellite Will Focus on Oceanography

With a focus on oceanography and the monitoring of air pollution, the 3.4 ton South Korean Chollian-2B satellite is looking at a launch date of February 18 from the Guiana Space Center via an Arianespace Ariane-5 launch vehicle. The Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) stated that this is the first time a GEMS (Geostationary Environmental Monitoring Spectrometer) has been installed on a geostationary satellite. An additional GOCI-2 sensor to monitor the ocean environment is also aboard the satellite. According to the director of the satellite programme for KARI, the satellite will be able to capture more accurate weather data forecasts... (read more)
2020-01-13 12:11:41

Jim Ledwell Selected as a Fellow of The Oceanography Society

Jim Ledwell, Emeritus Research Scholar at the Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), has been named a 2017 Fellow of The Oceanography Society (TOS). The society noted his many achievements, in particular his “seminal contributions to the understanding of oceanic mixing,” as the reason for his selection. Ledwell is best known for pioneering the use of perfluorinated tracers to study ocean mixing and circulation, driven largely by the need to understand  the role of the ocean in Earth’s climate system. After earning a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1982 and studying for two years as a National Research Council Fellow at... (read more)
2017-10-19 03:31:20

UK National Oceanography Centre Joins World Ocean Council

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC, UK) has joined the World Ocean Council (WOC), the international, cross-sectoral leadership alliance on ocean sustainable development, science and stewardship. NOC executive director, Professor Ed Hill, commented that the NOC share the same aim of ensuring the sustainable use of the marine environment by the businesses active in the maritime space. With the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development predicting that the blue economy will more than double its contribution to global value added, reaching over USD3 trillion by 2030, strong growth is expected. A key part of the mission of the NOC is to... (read more)
2017-03-10 08:47:59

National Oceanography Centre Confirm Order for ASV C-Enduro

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton, UK, have confirmed the order of an ASV C-Enduro. The announcement was made at the Long Endurance Marine Unmanned Surface Vehicle Showcase at NOC on Friday 6 June 2014. NOC will use the USV for oceanographic data collection over extended periods of time. The purchase comes as UK Science Minister David Willetts announces Robotics and Autonomous Systems as one of the ‘Eight Great Technologies’ to be supported by Government. C-Enduro was initially developed under an SBRI initiated by NOC’s requirement for a long endurance USV for environmental research. The project was co-funded by the... (read more)
2014-06-12 03:43:51
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