Robots probe ocean depths in mission to fine-tune hurricane forecasts

The robotic, unmanned gliders are equipped with sensors to measure the salt content (salinity) and temperature as they move through the ocean at different depths. The gliders, which can operate in hurricane conditions, collect data during dives down to a half-mile below the sea surface, and transmit the data to satellites when they surface. NOAA scientists are launching the underwater vehicles from ships off the coast of Puerto Rico; more gliders will be deployed later in the summer in other parts of the Atlantic.  When it comes to hurricanes, ocean conditions matter Water temperature and salinity provide important clues to... (read more)
2019-07-19 10:18:02

Live from the Arctic: the Northwest Passage Project

What Are the Impacts of Climate Change on the Arctic Ocean
Today a group of American and Canadian scientists will embark on a two-week research mission through the Northwest Passage. Led by the University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Centre, researchers will collect water, ice and air samples to help better understand the effect of climate warming on the environment and biodiversity in the Canadian Arctic. Members of the Northwest Passage Project depart from Greenland aboard the Swedish icebreaker Oden, equipped with the technology to share real-time observations and live broadcasts, for a 1800 NM voyage. Environmental and Climatic Changes It is important for people everywhere on Earth to see and... (read more)
2019-07-17 01:21:09

Fugro Succeeds with Seep Survey License Sales Offshore Newfoundland

Fugro and partner Amplified Geochemical Imaging (AGI), are reporting recent success selling multiple licences for data from frontier regions offshore of the east coast of Canada. The data was acquired during two separate hydrocarbon seep surveys in the Orphan Basin (2017) and Carson Basin (2018), both situated on the continental margin of Newfoundland. The comprehensive data packages are being licensed by Fugro and include multi-beam echosounder data (bathymetry, backscatter intensity and water column), sub-bottom profiler data, heat flow measurements and shipboard geochemical screening analyses; advanced geochemical analyses, including biomarkers on select samples, are also included. Heat Flow and Geochemical Sampling... (read more)
2019-07-12 07:42:31


We are looking forThe Geodata Agency's hydrographic office has, as maritime authority, responsibility for the maritime survey and charting in the Danish, Greenlandic and Faroese waters. The office is looking for a skilled hydrographer that can work independently with complex details, see great opportunities and solutions and who has the courage to think forward.The tasksYou will help us improve the technical support for our surveyors, processing and quality assurance of maritime survey data and development of our data processes. The production of correct depth data is the foundation for the production of charts in both Denmark, the Faroe Islands and... (read more)
2019-07-11 01:04:45

Report Warns of Irreversible Harm from Deep-sea Mining

The world’s oceans could face severe and irreversible harm unless tighter environmental safeguards are put in place to protect them from the risks of deep-sea mining, warns a new report titled 'In Deep Water', released by Greenpeace International. Shining a light on this emerging threat, the report reveals that the deep-sea mining industry is aware that their activities could result in the extinction of unique species and calls on governments to agree on a strong Global Ocean Treaty at the United Nations that puts conservation, not exploitation, at the heart of ocean governance. Largest Ecosystem on the Planet “The health of our oceans is... (read more)
2019-07-10 02:06:02

Interactive Chart of the Arctic

The Arctic may be considered a single region, but it can be defined and delineated in many different ways. On an interactive map ( you can see numerous ways in which the Arctic has been defined by different scholars and organisations. The Arctic Ocean is the smallest and shallowest of the world's five major oceans. The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) recognizes it as an ocean, although some oceanographers call it the Arctic Sea. It is classified as an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean, and it is also seen as the northernmost part of the all-encompassing World Ocean. Srrounded by Eurasia and North... (read more)
2019-07-17 01:56:15

Neptune Adopts Sonardyne’s All-in-one Technology Platform

Australian headquartered subsea services specialist Neptune has become the latest company to adopt Sonardyne International's new all-in-one acoustic and inertial positioning technology platform to support its offshore survey projects. The order, made through Sonardyne’s Singapore subsidiary, includes the supply of Fusion 2 software, Compatt 6 seabed transponders and ROVNav 6 LBL (Long BaseLine) vehicle-mounted transceivers. The Compatt 6s and ROVNav 6s will be Sonardyne’s latest ‘plus’ hardware platform (6+), engineered to unlock the full capabilities of Fusion 2. Seamless Environment Built from the ground up Fusion 2 software offers a seamless environment in which surveyors can perform all of their... (read more)
2019-07-10 01:41:41

NOAA Forecasts Large ‘Dead Zone’ in Gulf of Mexico

NOAA scientists are forecasting this summer’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone or ‘dead zone’ – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life – to be approximately 7,829 square miles or roughly the size of Massachusetts. The annual prediction is based on U.S. Geological Survey river flow and nutrient data. The 2019 forecast is close to the record size of 8,776 square miles set in 2017 and larger than the 5-year average measured size of 5,770 square miles, NOAA stated on its website Excess Nutrient Pollution The annually recurring Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone is... (read more)
2019-07-08 01:24:18

Cees van Dijk

Cees van Dijk is the content manager of Hydro International. "After having worked in different media positions for more than twenty years, this is an interesting new challenge for me”, he said when he started his new job (spring 2019). Maritime and media world "The hydrographic world is not new to me. From 1987 to 2000 I worked as a liaison officer at the Dutch Coast Guard and became acquainted with the multifaceted maritime world. After my Coast Guard career, I worked for various maritime magazines and I was responsible for water sports publications in an international publishing company."   Part-time in... (read more)
2019-07-08 11:54:12

BOKA Vanguard of Boskalis Becomes Dry Dock for Huge Cruise Ship

A huge Boskalis ship has come to the rescue of one of the largest cruise ships in the world by lifting it out of the water. Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. won a contract from Carnival Cruise Line to load the Carnival Vista cruise ship onto the BOKA Vanguard and transport it to a shipyard where the dry dock work will take place. This operation - a world first - will be carried out in Freeport in the Bahamas in the coming weeks. Second Largest Cruise Ship in the Carnival Fleet With room for nearly 4,000 passengers and a length of... (read more)
2019-07-08 11:16:11
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