BedMachine Will Help Reduce the Uncertainty in Sea Level Rise

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A team of glaciologists has unveiled the most accurate portrait yet of the contours of the land beneath Antarctica’s ice sheet – and, by doing so, has helped identify which regions of the continent are going to be more, or less, vulnerable to future climate warming, according to a news release of the British Antarctic Survey. Anticipated by the global cryosphere and environmental science communities, the newly released Antarctica topography map, BedMachine, and related findings were published last month in the journal Nature Geoscience. Among results of the BedMachine project are the discovery of stabilizing ridges that protect the ice flowing across the... (read more)
2020-01-13 12:42:58

South Korean Satellite Will Focus on Oceanography

With a focus on oceanography and the monitoring of air pollution, the 3.4 ton South Korean Chollian-2B satellite is looking at a launch date of February 18 from the Guiana Space Center via an Arianespace Ariane-5 launch vehicle. The Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) stated that this is the first time a GEMS (Geostationary Environmental Monitoring Spectrometer) has been installed on a geostationary satellite. An additional GOCI-2 sensor to monitor the ocean environment is also aboard the satellite. According to the director of the satellite programme for KARI, the satellite will be able to capture more accurate weather data forecasts... (read more)
2020-01-13 12:11:41

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

Are Humans Being Removed from Data Collection Operations?

Texas-based Terradepth has raised $US 8 million in new funding, in a bid to realize its vision of “cost-effective, high-resolution deep ocean data for any customer who wants to make informed, ecologically responsible decisions regarding the world’s ocean”, reports TechHQ, an independent tech news website that covers enterprise and technology. Terradepth is a data-as-a-service company whose mission is to increase ocean knowledge through autonomous, high-resolution, scalable data collection. They provide access to our deep ocean data repository, provide data products or surveys on request, and maintain a repository of analytical reports for sale. Lowest Cost Without Sacrificing Quality Because Terradepth completely removes... (read more)
2019-12-19 10:12:46

'Check and double check your data before getting somebody else to check it for you’

7 Questions to Phil Payne, Survey Delivery Manager, UK Hydrographic Office
Phil Payne, survey delivery manager of the UK Hydrographic Office talks about hydrographic programmes to support blue economic growth, intentional projects and the use of lidar for charting purposes. "There will be a continued drive towards autonomy and automated processing.” Phil Payne, survey delivery manager of the UK Hydrographic Office talks about hydrographic programmes to support blue economic growth, intentional projects and the use of lidar for charting purposes. ”There will be a continued drive towards autonomy and automated processing.” Prior to his work with the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO), Phil Payne spent 25 years in the Royal Navy as a hydrographic and meteorology specialist. Since joining the UKHO in 2016, he has worked in a number of different roles, most recently as its Survey Delivery Manager - a role he has held since 2017. Surveys Around the World As... (read more)
2019-12-17 11:40:56

Will New Long-endurance Navigation Capabilities in Loch Ness Discover Its Secrets?

New standards in long-endurance underwater navigation and automated subsea positioning have been set following the successful completion of a joint project led by subsea technology specialist Sonardyne International Ltd., with partners the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and L3Harris. The two-year, £1.4 million Precise Positioning for Persistent Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (P3AUV) project, part-funded by Innovate UK, set out to integrate existing and emerging technologies to deliver a step-change in unmanned platform endurance and navigational precision. In addition, the project also set out to increase the use of autonomy in offshore survey positioning operations using unmanned surface vessels (USVs), and in the... (read more)
2019-12-12 10:30:58

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

XOCEAN Expands with Acquisition of Survey Specialists 4D Ocean

British ocean data company, XOCEAN, announced last week that it has completed the acquisition of 4D Ocean, a specialist autonomous hydrographic survey company, as part of the company’s strategic global growth plans. The announcement follows the news of XOCEAN’s successful €7.9 million funding round earlier this month. XOCEAN is transforming the way ocean data is collected using marine robotics known as Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs). The company has recently delivered projects for clients including BP, Equinor, PX Group and the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The services provided by XOCEAN include mapping the seabed, inspecting subsea structures and monitoring the... (read more)
2019-12-09 03:56:40

Our Slogan: It’s all About Facts and Figures

When I started writing this blog, I remembered a news item on an exciting expedition due to set off to the Arctic waters that was published on our website. It said: „On the evening of 10 August 2019, the research vessel Polarstern left her homeport in Bremerhaven, Germany. The purpose of the expedition is to conduct studies at a major long-term monitoring station in the Arctic: the AWI’s Hausgarten observatory in the Fram Strait.” When I started writing this blog, I remembered a news item on an exciting expedition due to set off to the Arctic waters that was published on our website. It said: "On the evening of 10 August 2019, the research vessel Polarstern left her homeport in Bremerhaven, Germany. The purpose of the expedition is to conduct studies at a major long-term monitoring station in the Arctic: the AWI’s Hausgarten observatory in the Fram Strait.” Greatest Arctic Research Expedition of All Times "Here experts from various disciplines are investigating all aspects of the ecosystem, from the water’s surface to the ocean... (read more)
2019-12-05 04:30:27

It’s all about facts and figures

When I started writing this blog, I remembered a news item on an exciting expedition due to set off to the Arctic waters that was published on our website. It said: „On the evening of 10 August 2019, the research vessel Polarstern left her homeport in Bremerhaven, Germany. The purpose of the expedition is to conduct studies at a major long-term monitoring station in the Arctic: the AWI’s Hausgarten observatory in the Fram Strait.” Greatest Arctic Research Expedition of All Times „Here experts from various disciplines are investigating all aspects of the ecosystem, from the water’s surface to the ocean... (read more)
2019-12-05 04:12:12
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