Map Shows Warming Waters Where Coral Reefs Could Be Under Threat

The ocean is increasingly becoming too hot to handle. And coral reefs are suffering as a result, according to a recent publication on Mongabay, a website with news and inspiration from nature's frontline. Above-normal sea surface temperatures due to human-induced climate change are creating conditions that are stressing coral reefs, causing them to bleach, a phenomenon by which heat-stressed corals are forced to expel the symbiotic algae that provide them with nutrition, leaving them weak and ghostly white. If the heat stress persists for too long, reefs may never recover, and even die. A new interactive map can help identify,... (read more)
2019-06-17 02:43:46

Doubling of Data Available for Definitive Global Map of Ocean Floor

The data available to produce the definitive map of the world’s ocean floor has more than doubled, just two years after the launch of an international effort to produce a complete map by the year 2030. Following the efforts of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, coverage of the world’s ocean floor has now increased from 6 per cent to 15 per cent. This is equivalent to around 32,000,000 square kilometres of new bathymetric data, an area greater than the landmass of the entire African continent. Heeding the call from Seabed 2030, the industry is now making significant contributions to... (read more)
2019-06-17 09:54:15

USGS and Scientists Test Drone-based Stream Gauging at 2019 Aquatic Airshow

The US Geological Survey (USGS) and independent scientists gathered recently in Auburn, Maine, to evaluate the use of sensor-mounted unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, to gauge stream stage, velocity, bathymetry, and discharge. The technology is being evaluated and modelled to determine whether it will support the fast, accurate and safe measurement of rivers, especially when they are flooded or contain floating trees, ice or other debris. Two Dozen Experts Close to two dozen hydrologic, geospatial and scientific experts gathered in what has been dubbed the '2019 Aquatic Airshow' to assess this technology. They were led by John Fulton of... (read more)
2019-06-10 11:03:06

Winners Announced in XPRIZE for Advancements in Autonomous Ocean Exploration

XPRIZE, a global leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, has announced winners in the US$7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a global competition to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery. The results were revealed at an awards ceremony hosted at the world-renowned Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, part of the Oceanographic Institute, Prince Albert I of Monaco Foundation. The grand prize winner, receiving a total of US$4M, was GEBCO-NF Alumni, an international team based in the United States, while KUROSHIO from Japan claimed US$1M as the runner-up: GEBCO-NF (International) – Led by... (read more)
2019-06-03 09:25:26

GEBCO-Nippon Foundation Alumni Team Wins Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE

The GEBCO-Nippon Foundation Alumni Team has won the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, prevailing against talented teams from around the world to claim the top prize of US$4 million for their entry concept. The award was presented to the team at a ceremony at the Musée Océanographique de Monaco, in the presence of leading international ocean experts by Anousheh Ansari, CEO of XPRIZE. The GEBCO-NF Alumni Team includes 16 alumni of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Postgraduate Training Programme at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), USA. They are Dr Evgenia Bazhenova (Russia), Aileen Bohan (Ireland), Dr Mohamed Elsaied (Egypt), Andres Fitzcarrald (Peru),... (read more)
2019-06-03 09:14:48

Partnership for Sustainable Stewardship of the Ocean

A new partnership for sustainable stewardship of the ocean has been agreed between The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project and the World Ocean Council (WOC), the global blue economy business organization, in an effort to further collaborate towards mapping the entirety of the world’s ocean floor. Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Seabed 2030 and the WOC will jointly engage with the ocean business community to promote the project’s vision and the ways in which organizations in the maritime community can collect and contribute bathymetric data to Seabed 2030. Ocean Science and Workshop The agreement was signed in Copenhagen on... (read more)
2019-05-28 10:37:48

Fugro Supports 2 Ocean Mapping Initiatives with Crowdsourced Bathymetry Contribution

Fugro recently contributed more than 110,000 square kilometres of high-resolution bathymetry data in the North Atlantic Ocean to help improve the quality and coverage of seabed mapping in the region. The dataset, which covers an area the size of Iceland, was delivered to two complementary programmes: the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA) and The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project (Seabed 2030). Crowdsourced Bathymetry “As is common across the world’s oceans, much of the Atlantic lacks the modern bathymetry data needed to properly understand the seafloor, its resources, and its processes,” said David Millar, Fugro’s government accounts director in the Americas.... (read more)
2019-05-21 09:41:06

Unique 3D Habitat Map of the Great Barrier Reef

International aquatic remote sensing company EOMAP recently showcased its unique contribution to the world's first 3D habitat map of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) at the International Forum on Satellite-Derived Bathymetry (SDB Day 2019) in Australia. The mapping project, titled ‘3D live habitats for the full extent of the Great Barrier Reef’, will for the first time provide maps of the predicted coral types and underwater landscape for the more than 3,000 reefs within the 350,000 square kilometres of the GBR. EOMAP’s cutting-edge technology provides essential data for this revolutionary project, in which the University of Queensland (UQ), Great Barrier Reef Marine Park... (read more)
2019-05-20 10:58:04

Remotely Controlled Unmanned Ship Crossing Dover Strait

SEA-KIT, a 12m-long uncrewed surface vessel (USV) designed and built in Essex, UK, docked in the Belgian port city of Oostende earlier this week following a successful transit from West Mersea. The voyage, which lasted 22 hours, represents the first commercial crossing of the North Sea by an autonomous vessel and marks a significant breakthrough in uncrewed ocean transit. Box of Oysters The SEA-KIT USV arrived at Oostende at 09:00 CEST on Tuesday 7 May, where it was welcomed by Belgian customs officers, who took delivery of a box of oysters caught around Mersea Island that SEA-KIT had delivered from... (read more)
2019-05-13 11:54:50

New Marine Robotics Technical Centre Creates 60 Jobs

Ocean data collection company XOCEAN has recently announced the creation of 60 new jobs at the official opening of its new Technical Centre near Carlingford (Ireland). XOCEAN is transforming the way ocean data is collected using innovative marine robotics known as unmanned surface vessels (USVs). This innovative technology is designed and manufactured by the company in the Republic of Ireland. Control Room to Operate USV Fleet Using USVs, XOCEAN provides turnkey ocean data collection services ranging from mapping the seabed to inspecting subsea structures to monitoring the environment. The new Technical Centre and 24-hour Control Room will act as a... (read more)
2019-05-10 12:25:04
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