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

Uncovering the Mysteries of the Oceans

What is Oceanography and How to Become an Oceanographer
This article will dig into the field of Oceanography and the trends and methods developed over the past decades. Did you know that marine species compound more than 80% of the Earth’s biodiversity? Or that seaweed and other sea plants living in the ocean produce around 50% of the oxygen in the atmosphere? With this in mind, many efforts are now concentrated on studies of the ocean, such as identification of those beneficial to ocean resources and organisms that can be used as medicines for many critical ailments. Within this article, you will also get familiar with terms like biomimicry,... (read more)
2019-02-26 09:44:32

Research Icebreaker Polarstern Begins Antarctic Survey Season

On 10 November 2018, the research icebreaker Polarstern left its homeport of Bremerhaven, bound for Cape Town, South Africa. This marks the beginning of her Antarctic season, in which oceanographic fieldwork in the Weddell Sea, a resupply mission to the Neumayer Station III, and explorations of the Larsen C ice shelf region and the South Shetland Islands are on the agenda. The ship is expected to return to Bremerhaven in June 2019. An expedition to the Larsen C ice shelf abutting the Antarctic Peninsula will be at the heart of the upcoming Antarctic season. The Peninsula is one of the fastest-warming... (read more)
2018-11-13 10:18:46

The Making of RV 'Kronprins Haakon'

New Norwegian Ice-breaking Research Vessel
Norway is a maritime country with a very long coastline, plus it is very much a polar nation with 80% of its sea territory and 45% of its land mass north of the Arctic circle. It is the only country with territorial claims both in the Arctic and the Antarctic. In spite of this, Norway has not had a purpose-built polar research vessel since Roald Amundsen’s 'Maud' (1917), having instead relied on converted commercial vessels for such purposes. That has all changed, however, now that 'Kronprins Haakon' has come into service. This article provides insight into the making of this new multi-purpose research vessel.... (read more)
2018-04-17 10:51:23

Oceanology International 2018 – Surveying the Oceans with Enhanced Vision

New Content and Parallel Events
The keenly anticipated Oceanology International (Oi) 2018 exhibition and conference took off on Tuesday 13 March 2018 at ExCel in London and runs until Thursday 15 March. Renowned throughout the marine industry as an unassailable benchmark for proffering business opportunities and showcasing evolving technologies, the Oi portfolio has expanded over time with the addition of the sister events Oi Americas and Oi China. This year’s Oi London show looks likely to set a new record regarding attendance numbers, with more than 500 exhibitors from 79 countries. For 2018, the emphasis is firmly focused on technological developments including autonomous systems, advanced sensors... (read more)
2018-03-13 11:12:32

Oceanology International 2018: Surveying the Oceans with Enhanced Vision

There is now just one week to go until the kick-off of the keenly anticipated Oceanology International (Oi) 2018 exhibition and conference. The event opens on Tuesday 13 March at ExCel in London and runs until Thursday 15 March. Renowned throughout the marine industry as an unassailable benchmark for proffering business opportunities and showcasing evolving technologies, the Oi portfolio has expanded over time with the addition of the sister events Oi Americas and Oi China. This year’s Oi London show looks likely to set a new record regarding attendance numbers, with more than 500 exhibitors from 79 countries. For 2018,... (read more)
2018-03-06 01:20:07
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