How GPS Trackers and Drones Help Locate Floating Debris

An estimated 600,000 tons of abandoned fishing gear ends up in the oceans every year. According to the United Nations, some 380,000 marine mammals are killed each year, either by ingesting it or being caught in it. Mary T Crowly of the Ocean Voyages Institute describes how GPS trackers are being used to mark the ghost nets. An estimated 600,000 tons of abandoned fishing gear ends up in the oceans every year. According to the United Nations, some 380,000 marine mammals are killed each year, either by ingesting it or being caught in it. Mary T Crowly of the Ocean Voyages Institute describes how GPS trackers are being used to mark the ghost nets. The Ocean Voyages Institute is a non-profit organization based in Sausalito, California (US). It leads the way in utilizing and adapting existing maritime equipment with innovative approaches to ocean cleanup. For the past 40 years, the Ocean Voyages Institute has devoted its efforts to... (read more)
2020-04-02 12:20:06

Don’t Miss the Oi2020 Technical Conference

In the free-to-attend Oi2020 Technical Conference, you will hear from experts and thought leaders about a variety of disciplines in different sectors. Happening across the three days of the event, the technical tracks will focus on key areas of application and technology across the whole of the Oceanology range. Technical insights, updates on the industry and case studies will provide you with the information and inspiration you need for your futures projects. Check for details and the latest updates of each day programme. 1. Offshore Energy Development - Sponsored by Bibby Hydromap This conference track will explore the developments... (read more)
2020-03-05 08:46:31

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

Metal Pollution: the New Danger for Corals in Warming Oceans

In a study led by Cornell University (US), and published in the journal Ecological Applications, scientists report evidence of metal pollution creating danger for the soft coral sea fans. "We know warming oceans pose an existential threat to coral reefs around the world," said ecologist Allison Tracy, who conducted this work with Drew Harvell, professor of marine biology. "Action to alleviate the impact of warming oceans is a priority, but understanding the role of pollutants in coral disease and mortality gives us more options for solutions." Plastics Versus Metal While plastics and microplastics are a well-known threat to the world's... (read more)
2019-11-21 08:49:17

What is the Impact of Submarine Volcanoes on Biological Activity at the Ocean Surface?

An international team of 29 researchers will plough through Pacific waters between Nouméa and the Tonga volcanic arc from 1 November to 5 December 2019 aboard l'Atalante, an oceanographic research vessel. The aim of this campaign, dubbed the TONGA Project, is to study the effects that shallow submarine volcanoes have on marine life. Coordinated by two women researchers from the Oceanographic Laboratory of the Institut de la Mer de Villefranche (CNRS / Sorbonne University) and the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (CNRS / IRD / Aix-Marseille University / University of Toulon), the TONGA Project brings together nearly a hundred scientists from... (read more)
2019-10-29 01:46:00

Ben Frederiks

Ben Frederiks studied marine biology and hydrography and started working at Rijkswaterstaat in 2015. His current position is as a hydrographic surveyor at Rijkswaterstaat’s Survey Department. His main work area is the Dutch North Sea. (read more)
2019-10-03 02:49:37

Kīlauea Lava Fuels Phytoplankton Bloom off Hawaii Island

When the Kīlauea volcano erupted in 2018, it injected millions of cubic feet of molten lava into the nutrient-poor waters off the Big Island of Hawaii. The lava-impacted seawater contained high concentrations of nutrients that stimulated phytoplankton growth, resulting in an extensive plume of microbes that was detectable by satellite, as research of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) shows. A study led by researchers at the University of Hawaii (UH) in Mānoa and University of Southern California (USC) and published in the Science journal revealed that this biological response hinged on unexpectedly high concentrations of... (read more)
2019-09-06 11:16:26

Taiwan Boosts its Current Ocean Research With New Fleet

A new fleet of oceanographic research vessels is expected to be launched in the first half of 2020. This means a boost to Taiwan’s ocean current research and homeland security protection. The fleet will comprise four ships, three of which are to be delivered by early next year, including two 500-ton vessels and one 1,000-ton vessel. The new ships are domestically developed and manufactured through a collaboration between academia and industry, sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology, reports CNA, the Central News Agency of Taiwan. Legend is Taiwan’s fifth-largest research vessel and was built by Triyards Marine Service, a Singaporean... (read more)
2019-09-02 12:34:47

Alan Jamieson

Senior lecturer in deep-sea biology at Newcastle University’s School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and chief scientist on the Five Deeps Expedition. (read more)
2019-07-04 10:36:30

Ocean Science Day 2019 Open for Registration

Ocean Science Day 2019 being held 27 June, and still open for registration, is where ocean scientists, decision-makers, educators and users of ocean science and technology will meet at UNESCO in Paris to discuss how ocean science can deliver a more sustainable society. On 5 December 2017, the United Nations proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, to be held from 2021 to 2030. According to the UN, this decade will provide a common framework to ensure that ocean science can fully support countries’ actions to sustainably manage the oceans and more particularly to achieve the 2030 Agenda... (read more)
2019-06-25 10:27:56
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