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

EuroSea Aims to Improve Ocean Observation

The UK-based National Oceanography Centre (NOC) joined an international consortium of 55 partners for the new EuroSea project. The 12.6 million euro, EU-funded project, aims to significantly improve ocean observation in Europe and beyond.  “The aim of the project is to better combine existing capacities in the European marine observing system, to fill existing gaps and to make the resulting data and information available to users more easily," says coordinator Dr. Toste Tanhua from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. NOC’s Prof. Kevin Horsburgh, Chief Scientist for International Development, is leading Work Package 5 (WP5) within the project:... (read more)
2019-12-05 01:19:24

World Magnetic Model 2020 Will Be Released Today

The World Magnetic Model is a joint product of the United States’ National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the United Kingdom’s Defence Geographic Centre (DGC). The WMM was developed jointly by the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC, Boulder CO, USA) (now the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)) and the British Geological Survey (BGS, Edinburgh, Scotland). As part of the regular update cycle of the World Magnetic Model, NCEI, in collaboration with the British Geological Survey will release the WMM2020 on 10 December 2019. The World Magnetic Model is the standard model used by the US Department of Defense, the UK Ministry... (read more)
2019-12-05 10:24:56

How Data Can Be Used To Support Safety In Inshore Waters

The Blue Marine Foundation, a charity dedicated to creating marine reserves and establishing sustainable models of fishing, has completed a 'Big Data' project which sought to investigate how data can be used to support safety in inshore waters. The focus of the project “has been the current lack of collated and integrated data to effectively inform safety and risk at the coast and inshore waters”. OceanWise, marine data experts and provider of a range of intelligent marine data (mapping) products, has provided the mapping data for situational awareness and to allow multiple sources of data to be integrated using location as... (read more)
2019-12-04 11:35:26

HYPACK 2020 Hydrographic Training Event

HYPACK 2020 Hydrographic Training Event Come and join us at the 27th annual HYPACK 2020 HydrographicTraining Event in Jacksonville, FL on January 6th-9th, 2020. This training event will offer instruction on the newest features of HYPACK® 2020 as well as comprehensive training for both novice and experienced users in HYPACK®, HYSWEEP® and DREDGEPACK® software. Meet exhibitors from 30 of the industry's leading companies and learn about their products and services! We will also be offering one-on-one sessions for attendees to meet with our HYPACK experts Event Location 225 East Coastline DriveHyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Jacksonville, FL 32202 USA To make... (read more)
2019-12-03 06:36:27

In-mission Processor Allows Real-time Processing of HISAS Data

Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and a leading manufacturer of marine robotic systems, has just announced it has integrated an in-mission processor on a REMUS 600 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) with the KONGSBERG High-Resolution Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (HISAS) 2040 for a customer. By integrating the in-mission processing, the high-resolution images from the HISAS module can be quickly downloaded when the vehicle returns from its mission. Gap-filled Image HISAS 2040 provides up to 2cm by 2cm resolution across a 300-metre swath. When combined with the onboard EM2040, it provides a complete, gap-filled image. Synthetic aperture sonar uses algorithms... (read more)
2019-12-03 03:26:42

100kg of Plastic Found in Stranded Whale's Stomach

Scientists are now even more concerned about ocean pollution after around 100kg of plastic were discovered inside a sperm whale that was found dead on a Scottish beach last week. A necropsy performed by the Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme revealed around 100kg (approx. 220lbs) of human junk – including rope, sections of fishing nets and other plastic debris – in the pelagic mammal's stomach. The 22-ton young whale was found on the banks of Harris, a Hebridean island off the coast of northwest Scotland. “By the time we got to it had been dead for 48 hours and pretty... (read more)
2019-12-03 11:33:53

Scientists Spend Christmas in the Southern Ocean for Climate Research

On December 2, National Oceanography Centre (NOC) scientists will embark on a research expedition that will see them spend Christmas and New Year sailing through remote waters in the Southern Ocean onboard RRS Discovery. This is part of the project, led by the NOC, to understand the role of this notoriously rough part of the ocean in taking up and storing carbon from the atmosphere. The team will largely be focusing on studying the seasonal growth of tiny marine plants, called phytoplankton. Annual phytoplankton growth equals that of all land plants combined. Without life in the sea, carbon dioxide concentrations in... (read more)
2019-11-27 04:17:51

How to Lessen the Effects of Harmful Algal Bloom Events

Can we clean up, stop, or end harmful algal blooms? No, but there are ways to lessen the effects of harmful algal bloom events, according to a recent NOAA-publication. Harmful algal blooms — often referred to as HABs for short — occur when algae produce toxic or harmful effects on people, fish, shellfish, marine mammals, birds, or other aquatic organisms. Blooms occur in marine and freshwater environments throughout the world, with damaging ecological, social, and economic effects. So why can’t we clean up the algae and take care of this problem? Unfortunately, the answer is not so simple. Harmful algal blooms are a... (read more)
2019-11-23 10:33:53

Two Well-preserved 17th Century Warships Found Off The Swedish Coast

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Two large warships from the 17th century have been found by divers outside Vaxholm, an island near Stockholm, Sweden. Archaeologist divers from the new museum Vrak – Museum of Wrecks are hoping to have found the Vasa’s sister ships.  This week, maritime archaeologists at the new museum that is part of Sweden’s National Maritime and Transport Museums, have investigated historical remains in a depression in the sea bottom, outside of Vaxholm. The discovery was astonishing, according to the museum: the maritime archaeologists first discovered a shipwreck as big as the Vasa ship. It was a 17th-century warship that was most... (read more)
2019-11-21 09:12:42
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