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

USVs Collecting Environmental Monitoring Data in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

With nearly six weeks of unmanned monitoring, AutoNaut's wave-propelled unmanned surface vessels (USVs) have been silently and precisely moving within and outside System 001 to collect wave and current data, and other atmosphere and water parameters. To visually inspect the environment surrounding the system, the AutoNauts have also been equipped with live streaming via under and above water cameras. Monitoring took place during the towing of the system, offshore installations, and deployment operations. Buoys Providing Acoustic Data AutoNaut’s work was complemented by Seiche buoys providing acoustic data for marine life presence as well as protected species observers and technicians to support... (read more)
2019-06-25 02:35:47

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

Dr. Gary Borstad Receives Val Shaw Memorial Award

ASL's Dr. Gary Borstad recently received the Val Shaw Memorial Award in recognition of his career-long contribution and lifetime achievements in practical remote sensing applied to natural resource management. This award was presented at the 40th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing in Fredericton, New Brunswick on June 25th, 2019. The Val Shaw Award was established in 1990 in memory of Val Shaw, an executive with the Bercha Group and a strong proponent of remote sensing in Canada. Remote Sensing Gary was educated at the Universities of Alberta, Paris, and McGill and has been active in remote sensing since 1975. With... (read more)
2019-06-25 08:41:52

Underwater Noise Monitoring in the North Sea

Jomopans Project to Monitor Continuous Sound
Sound is of vital importance for marine animals. Eleven institutes from the countries bordering the North Sea have joined forces in the Jomopans project to implement a novel monitoring strategy for underwater sound. Due to the growth of human activities in the sea, sound pollution is a growing concern for marine environmental managers. High levels of anthropogenic noise disturb animals, but the integrated impact of noise on the marine ecosystem is largely unknown. In the Joint Monitoring Programme of Ambient Noise in the North Sea (Jomopans) project, measurements at sea are combined with noise maps from numerical modeling to assess the quantitative levels of sound at sea. Sound is of vital importance for marine animals. Eleven institutes from the countries bordering the North Sea have joined forces in the Jomopans project to implement a novel monitoring strategy for underwater sound. Due to the growth of human activities in the sea, sound pollution is a growing concern for marine environmental managers. High levels of anthropogenic noise disturb animals, but the integrated impact of noise on the marine ecosystem is largely unknown. In the Joint Monitoring Programme of Ambient Noise in the North Sea (Jomopans) project, measurements at sea are combined with noise maps from numerical modeling to assess... (read more)
2019-06-18 04:01:43

Skincare Chemicals Threaten Coral Reefs and Other Marine Life

Common chemicals used in thousands of products to protect against the harmful effects of ultraviolet light have found to threaten corals and other marine life. Healthy coral reefs are one of the most valuable ecosystems on Earth. They provide billions of dollars in economic and environmental services, such as food, coastal protection, and tourism. Effects on Reef Ecosystems However, coral ecosystems around the world face serious threats from a number of sources, including climate change, unsustainable fishing, land-based pollution, coastal development, disease, and invasive species. Recently, scientists have discovered that some of the chemicals found in sunscreen and other personal health... (read more)
2019-06-10 11:20:01

Falcon Flies In Canada's First Nation Waters

The University of Victoria has engaged Ocean Dynamics to deploy a Saab Seaeye Falcon robotic vehicle for the inspection of instrumentation platforms monitoring the ocean around Canada’s north-west coast, particularly in First Nation coastal waters. A total of 50 instrumentation platforms, together with six observatories are plugged into over 900 kilometres of fibre-optic cable on the seafloor giving internet access to marine scientists and coastal communities to enable evidence-based decision-making on ocean management, disaster mitigation, and environmental protection. The University’s world-leading Ocean Networks Canada undertaking was launched in 2006 with the first “wired” seafloor observatory. Since then, community observatories have... (read more)
2019-06-06 03:03:34

Nortek Opens Australian Office to Build on Regional Demand

Nortek, a company specialized in Doppler-based measurements in marine environments, has opened its latest global office in Melbourne, Australia. This facilitates access to cutting-edge Doppler instrumentation for researchers and engineers in Australia and New Zealand. This is the company’s first office in the region, creating a strong local point of contact for sales and support. The Port Melbourne office also gives Nortek a platform from which to extend its reach throughout Australia and New Zealand, an area that has been important for the company since it was founded over two decades ago. Many Years of Experience The team currently consists... (read more)
2019-05-29 02:31:20

Cornish Marine Contingent Plans to Make Waves at Seawork 2019

Cornwall will be represented by five innovative companies at Europe’s largest marine exhibition, with the help of financial support from the Marine-i project. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is designed to help the marine tech sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through harnessing the full potential of research and innovation. Taking place in Southampton from 11th to 13th June, Seawork is Europe’s largest international marine and workboat exhibition. It will be attended by 8,000 high-caliber marine professionals from 70 countries, 40% of whom are directors or owners. It is, therefore, the perfect opportunity... (read more)
2019-05-28 03:30:40

Wärtsilä HY for Dredger Enhances Dredging Efficiency and Sustainability

Wärtsilä has launched the Wärtsilä HY for Dredger, a product based on Wärtsilä’s HY hybrid propulsion technology, which is aimed specifically at enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of dredging operations. The product was presented at a Future Dredger Day event held at the company’s Hybrid Centre in Trieste, Italy. A real-life demonstration of the product was given as well. Different Power Sources The Wärtsilä HY for Dredger features a combination of different power sources, including the engines and energy storage systems, the power distribution equipment, and the Energy Management System (EMS). The EMS ensures instant load taking and dynamic power... (read more)
2019-05-28 10:05:29
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