This Is How an Ocean Robot is Deployed on an Ocean Robot

The Caravela AutoNaut, manufactured by UK-based firm AutoNaut, is part of a major international experiment to track the formation of clouds and their role in the climate system in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Barbados. The researchers will use combined AutoNaut and glider measurements to understand how the ocean temperatures affect the layer of air above, and how the winds and sunshine affect the top tens of metres of the ocean. One of the AutoNauts has been specially adapted in conjunction with the UK's University of East Anglia (UEA) to carry and release an underwater Seaglider in remote and... (read more)
2020-01-18 04:37:20

Hydro International's Editorial Team to Produce 'Show Daily' at Oceanology International 2020

Registration is open for Oceanology International 2020 (17-19 March 2020), marking the 50th anniversary of the world’s best known and most celebrated ocean technology exhibition and conference. Organizers Reed Exhibitions predict that OI 2020 will be the largest edition in the expo’s 50-year history, with in excess of 500 companies exhibiting to more than 8,000 buyers and influencers across 17,000+m2 of indoor exhibition space in ExCeL London. Visitors can register for exhibition tickets via the OI 2020 website. Hydro International's editorial team will be producing the Show Daily, a printed newsletter distributed daily on the exhibition floor. Focused on Oceanology International 2020... (read more)
2019-12-19 04:14:00

How Ocean Researchers Obtain Critical Measurements at a Lower Cost

Understanding the three-dimensional nature of the ocean is becoming a critical focal point of ocean research, but it can be a costly affair. Paired with Nortek current profilers, Del Mar Oceanographic’s Wirewalker is giving researchers from around the globe a cost-effective way to answer vital questions surrounding the functioning of ocean processes. This information helps improve environmental monitoring and climate forecasting, which in turn assists in developing measures to adapt to our changing climate. Information on the three-dimensional structure of the ocean is proving increasingly vital for multiple research projects. These include characterizing the ocean mixed layers in order to... (read more)
2019-12-12 08:57:15

International Team of Scientists Explore Santorini Volcano in Greece

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A NASA-funded, international oceanographic research expedition will study the seabed around the active submarine volcano of Kolumbo, off the Cycladic island of Santorini (Greece), the Greek state-run news agency ANA-MPA reported. The international mission, made up of 30 scientists from the US, Greece, Australia and Germany, is backed by the Greek-owned vessel DP-2 CLV Ocean Link, granted by the company Maritech International. The expedition team will work in Santorini until November 27. NASA's goal is to test so-called intelligent technologies with AUVs in the sea, which in the coming decades are intended to be used to explore extraterrestrial oceans in... (read more)
2019-11-22 10:35:28

Wave Adaptive Suspension

Unlike conventional boats, the WAM-V's flexible structure adapts and conforms to the surface of the water resulting in an exceptionally SMOOTH and LEVEL platform. Inflatable pontoons help absorb motion and force. Two engine pods are hinged to the hulls which keep the propellers in the water at all times, further improving vehicle stability and controllability. The 2:1 length-to-beam ratio, along with the articulating suspension systems, makes the WAM-V an exceptionally MANEUVERABLE and STABLE vessel. (read more)
2019-11-21 03:59:09

How an Unmanned Surfboard Survives the Antarctic Storms

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This week, the University of Washington (UW) launched an unmanned surfboard to research the cold and stormy waters north of Antarctica. The project will first use the Wave Glider to investigate the summer conditions near Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula, to better understand how the warming ocean interacts with ice shelves that protrude from the shore. In February 2020, the cybernetic surfboard plans to head north into Drake Passage, one of the stormiest seas on the planet. The device uses wave power to propel itself, so the monster waves common in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current can help it move forward, writes Hannah... (read more)
2019-10-24 10:43:24

Transatlantic Hyperloop Tested by Dutch Marine Research Institute

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The Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (Marin) has carried out the first demonstration tests for a transatlantic underwater hyperloop. Although various parties around the world are working on the development of the hyperloop, no one has ever investigated the underwater version before. With a scale model of 140 metres, the equivalent of 15 kilometres of a real tube, Marin tested how the hyperloop reacts to wave movements at a depth of 50, 100 and 200 metres. This test is important to determine whether any movements of the hyperloop during further development allow the pods to travel through the tube safely and... (read more)
2019-10-10 11:58:31

MSI completes a 520-day measurement programme

MSI has completed a 520-day measurement programme to support the feed of a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) and pipelines in Alexandroupolis, Greece. The Alexandroupolis Independent Natural Gas System (INGS) is a modern, cutting edge technology project which will supply natural gas to the Greek and Southeast European gas markets. The project comprises an offshore Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Floating Storage and Regasification Unit and a subsea and onshore gas transmission pipeline system. Expecting to begin commercial operations in 2022, the project is being implemented by GASTRADE S.A, a company that studies, designs, develops, operates and exploits infrastructures which are... (read more)
2019-10-07 08:15:43

USV Completes First Autonomous Circumnavigation of Antarctica

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A 7m (23ft) long, wind-powered unmanned surface vehicle (USV) has become the first unmanned system to circumnavigate Antarctica. Known as SD 1020 and equipped with a suite of science-grade sensors, the vehicle collected data in previously uncharted waters, enabling new key insights into ocean and climate processes. A 7m (23ft) long, wind-powered unmanned surface vehicle (USV) has become the first unmanned system to circumnavigate Antarctica. Known as SD 1020 and equipped with a suite of science-grade sensors, the vehicle collected data in previously uncharted waters, enabling new key insights into ocean and climate processes. USV SD 1020 left for the 196-day mission from Southport in Bluff, New Zealand, on 19 January 2019. It returned to the same port on 3 August after sailing over 22,000km (13,670 miles or 11,879 nautical miles) around Antarctica. During the mission, the vehicle survived freezing temperatures, 15m (50ft) waves, 130km/h (80mph) winds... (read more)
2019-10-03 03:08:58

MSI Installs Wave Buoys for Indian Ocean Islands

  As part of the Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (MESA) programme, funded by the European Union and implemented by Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI), MSI was awarded a contract for the installation of AXYS TRIAXYS directional wave buoys in Comores, Seychelles and Madagascar. These buoys will contribute to increasing the decision-making and planning capacity of institutions mandated for marine and coastal management and the data will be used to, inter alia, allow monitoring and mitigation of oceanographic risks such as sea-level rise, swells and storm surge that may lead to coastal hazards. Radio and Satellite Telemetry  Each of... (read more)
2019-09-23 10:15:55
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