Autosub Long Range Vehicles Complete Sea Trials in Scotland

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The latest Autosub Long Range (ALR) vehicles being developed by the UK National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have completed their first round of commissioning trials in the waters of Loch Ness, Scotland, marking a major milestone on their journey to active service. The new autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), ALR1500 - named after the 1500m depth to which they can dive - carried out a range of test missions of increasing complexity over a period of three weeks in July and August to test the vehicle’s enhanced functionality, including Terrain Aided Navigation and environmental profiling capabilities. Explore our Oceans Funded through the... (read more)
2019-08-20 10:01:06

Launch of the Annual Equipment Loan and Travel Grant Awards

The Aquatec Equipment Awards, first launched in 2012 by Aquatec Group, is an annual awards program that promotes the development of marine sciences, encourages environmental research, and raises awareness on sustainability issues. Each year, early-career university researchers and postgraduate students from all over the world can win the opportunity to use high-tech, commercially established subsea instrumentation designed and manufactured by the company. Presentation of the Research Project Proposal To apply, candidates must fill out a simple online form before 31st October 2019, and write a brief presentation of their research project proposal, including project aims, planned deployment, use of the instrument,... (read more)
2019-08-13 02:43:50

Surfrider Foundation Europe is Organizing Ocean Pavilion at Upcoming G7

The next G7 will be held in Biarritz from 24 to 26 August 2019. Following the first day of the "G7 Dialogue" with civil society, Surfrider Foundation Europe hopes that the G7 will state a clear objective regarding the recognition of global warming and, more particularly, regarding the preservation of the oceans. To meet this challenge and place it at the heart of the negotiations, Surfrider Europe will organise the ‘Ocean Pavilion’. This pre-summit event will bring together politicians, international scientific and economic experts, sports figures and civil society representatives to ignite conversations and develop proposals to alert the major... (read more)
2019-08-08 10:58:15

Seismic Activity Data Collection on the Ocean Floor

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Unlike neighbouring Japan, earthquake activity is infrequent in the peninsula area of South Korea, and those that do occur tend to be low in intensity. Typically, earthquakes in this region measure between 2.0 and 5.0 on the Richter scale[1]. The record for the quake with the highest magnitude on the Korean Peninsula stood for some time, recorded at 5.3 in 1980. This was recently overtaken by a 5.8 magnitude tremor in Gyeongju in 2016 and a 5.4 magnitude tremor in Pohang, followed soon after by a 4.8 magnitude aftershock tremor. Data on these events is collected using the existing seismological... (read more)
2019-08-06 08:30:32

Next Geosolutions Sells Out the Season in the Med

Next Geosolutions, the international geoscience and offshore engineering support service contractor, has recently been awarded three marine survey contracts from three different clients to be carried out in direct continuation in the Mediterranean Sea. The projects will involve a full range of marine survey disciplines including onshore, nearshore and offshore activities, most of which will be undertaken by using ROV-mounted sensors and tools. The first one, which has just been successfully completed, encompassed multi-discipline survey tasks aimed at supporting a deep-water survey pipeline project, involving geophysical, environmental, archaeological and UXO survey and relocation activities. Eastern Mediterranean Sea The other two missions... (read more)
2019-07-30 11:44:31

Is the Arctic Ice Really Growing?

Completely contrary to the messages that we see every day, the ice on the North Pole would be thicker than the computer models predict. That is if we have to believe some stories. For example, this message on in which it was reported that the Kronprins Haakon, a Norwegian ice breaker, got stuck in more than three meters of ice and had to break off an expedition. his news appeared on social media and was shared worldwide. Completely contrary to the messages that we see every day, the ice on the North Pole would be thicker than the computer models predict. That is if we have to believe some stories. For example, this message on in which it was reported that the Kronprins Haakon, a Norwegian ice breaker, got stuck in more than three meters of ice and had to break off an expedition. This news appeared on social media and was shared worldwide. Klassekampen, a Norwegian newspaper, added: “Polar bears were seen on Bjørnøya last winter - located in the middle of the Barents Sea -... (read more)
2019-07-26 04:42:51

ABPmer to Deliver Sustainable Management of Marine Natural Resources Project

In 2019, the Welsh Government will publish its first-ever Welsh National Marine Plan. Sustainable management of marine and coastal natural resources is central to the plan. To help take the plan forward, the Welsh Government have commissioned ABPmer, a marine environmental consultancy, to investigate and develop a greater understanding of how areas of natural resources interact with Wales’ rich natural heritage, including those areas designated for specific species or habitats. By developing an understanding of the key spatial opportunities and constraints, those wishing to use Welsh seas will understand how they can do so sustainably. Data Sets of the Welsh Maine... (read more)
2019-07-23 04:44:11

Live from the Arctic: the Northwest Passage Project

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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

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
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