Environmental Monitoring Solution for Gas Hydrate

Kongsberg Maritime Embient, with Kongsberg partner company Contros Systems and Solutions, has been selected to develop and deliver innovative technologies and strategies for environmental monitoring during gas hydrate exploration and production as part of the EU ‘SUGAR' (Submarine Gas Hydrate Reservoirs) project. Germany's Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology started the third phase of the more than EUR10 million joint project at the beginning of October 2014. The project is a ground-breaking initiative in gas hydrate exploration, production and monitoring. This third phase will last three years and will lead into a European venture with world-wide impact for gas hydrates... (read more)
2014-10-31 11:07:39

Advancing Environmental Academic Research info El Niño

Researchers at the Institute of Oceanology in Qingdao, China, are using the Nortek Signature55 current profiler to improve the understanding of El Niño and advance their environmental academic research. According to Yu Fei, senior researcher, doctor and director at The Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS), information about Western Boundary Currents in the lower latitudes of the Pacific and their influence on low-frequency pulsing of warm currents are vital for scientific research. Until now, there was insufficient data about these patterns in connection with dynamic ocean circulation research and its relation to climate. Longer Current Profiling Range The testing... (read more)
2016-05-19 10:43:55

AUVs for Environmental Recognition and Sensing

ECA Group is currently involved in a European project called 'Smart and Networking Underwater Robots in Cooperation Meshes (SWARMs)' in order to increase the knowledge level in underwater robotics. SWARMs is a Europe-wide project started in July 2015 involving 35 partners from 10 European countries for 3 years. The total cost of this project is EUR17.3 million (EU funding EUR6.4 million). The project includes the development of new meshes using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), among other things. This sprawling project aims is to develop several innovative solutions such as: New cooperative autonomous meshes using heterogeneous robotics system (for example: AUVs, ROVs... (read more)
2016-09-06 01:49:32

Real-time Marine Environmental Monitoring System

Australia-based Fastwave has recently received orders for over 50 OceanStar telemetered marine environmental monitoring systems. Most of the systems are to be deployed as part of the broader marine environmental management programme being implemented in support of Chevron Australia's Wheatstone offshore LNG project. The OceanStar system enables real-time data acquisition from water quality sensors located on the sea floor. The system acquires readings from the sub-sea instruments and transmits via Iridium satellite a range of water quality parameters such as turbidity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen and temperature. It has been used for environmental compliance monitoring on most of Australia's large offshore... (read more)
2012-09-26 01:18:43

1.2m Tern Buoy for Gardline Environmental

UK-based Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have recently supplied a 1.2m Tern Buoy to Gardline Environmental, for installation in Cyprus. The buoy is equipped with a Nortek AWAC, acquiring full profile current speed and direction and wave data in addition to other ancillary parameters including GPS positioning. Data from the AWAC is currently transmitted via GSM. However, the buoy has also been equipped with the option to swap comms to Iridium satellite. The buoy system is robust, with all cables held internally, protected by the rugged enclosed top section, which has been designed to minimise damage from the elements or... (read more)
2014-09-05 11:00:00

5-Year RADARSAT Environmental Monitoring Contract

MDA and the Marine North East Region (RMNE) of PEMEX Exploration and Production (PEP) have signed a five-year contract for the continued monitoring of natural oil seeps and oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico using RADARSAT data. This contract ensures data continuity and integrity in support of environmental stewardship and exploration activities in PEP-RMNE's area of operations.   PEP has been using RADARSAT-1 operationally since 2001 when it established its maritime surveillance strategy for the Campeche Basin. Image analysis experts are able to characterise oil on the sea surface by its origin - natural oil seep, oil spill from... (read more)
2007-10-26 12:00:00

Deep-sea Mining Requires Transparent Environmental Management

For three years researchers from 11 countries have been working intensively on questions about the consequences of deep-sea mining on ecosystems and environmental aspects in the 'MiningImpact' project coordinated by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany. This week, they discussed their findings at the project`s final meeting at the Natural History Museum in London, UK. They also presented recommendations for the protection of the marine environment. In the 19th century, some researchers believed that below water depths of 1,000 metres life was not possible. Today we know they were wrong. However, the deep sea still surprises scientists. Until... (read more)
2017-10-20 08:27:27

EMU to Reinforce Fugro in Environmental Consultancy

Fugro, The Netherlands, has acquired EMU Limited (UK), a marine survey and environmental consultancy specialist with annual revenues of over EUR20 million. The company conducts ecological, geophysical, sediment sampling and hydrographical surveys, and laboratory analysis, as well as providing environmental consulting and reporting services. It employs 150 surveyors, oceanographers and marine environmental scientists. Based in Southampton, it also has premises in Portsmouth and Edinburgh in the UK, in Dinard, France and in Perth, Australia. EMU has a broad client base in the oil and gas, renewables, engineering contracting, marine aggregate and government markets. The company will further internationalise its business,... (read more)
2012-03-19 11:18:02

Environmental Monitoring Offshore: Instantly Detect Leaks Underwater

Leaks on offshore platforms present a hazard to the marine environment and human health. The monitoring system FlexMoT will detect irregularities and provide a warning system for disasters. The system was presented at this year’s OCEANS’16 in Monterey. FlexMoT is an autonomous, flexible monitoring tool with two essential tasks: it works as a long-term monitoring system and it can be deployed at short notice in emergency situations. Furthermore, the set-up effort is minimal and data is quickly made available. Unlike classic measuring probes, FlexMoT allows for ‘live monitoring’. FlexMoT can be used as an early-warning system in the field of... (read more)
2016-11-16 09:51:35

Some Environmental Aspects of Naval Applications

Detailed information and a fundamental understanding of the marine environment will make the difference in operating effective and responsible for-naval purposes. Over the last decade, international developments (such as the end of the Cold War, peace keeping, terrorist threats) have driven the focus of naval operations towards (very) shallow water. Such an environment is too complicated for most sensors to function well. Detailed knowledge and understanding of key environmental parameters can make the difference in any action at or from sea: there are many recent examples where know–ledge of the environment is being used for optimising sonar processing (environmentally adaptive... (read more)
2007-05-09 12:00:00
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