Iceberg Monitoring

A joint experiment between SUE Atomflot and ScanEx Research & Development Centre, Russia, was conducted in September 2011 on the overall detection of icebergs in the Vilkitsky Strait, which is the narrowest and most congested section of the Northern Sea Route between the Taimyr Peninsula and Severnaya Zemlya.   At the preliminary stage of the experiment the Atomflot Staff of Ice Operations reported the coordinates of icebergs, visually detected from board the icebreakers and using on-board radar. Equipped with this information ScanEx RDC conducted overall real-time imaging of the Strait area using radar and optical satellites data.   Information about... (read more)
2011-10-07 12:00:00

Monitoring Technologies

Highly advanced monitoring instrumentation will be the theme for YSI's participation at 'Ocean Business 2009' in Southampton (UK. The company will demonstrate two new technologies; the 'EcoMapper' a remote control underwater vehicle for plotting water quality over wide areas and a multiparameter monitoring platform that has been developed as part of two EU funded research projects.   The 'EcoMapper' is a unique remote monitoring system which only requires one person to deploy and retrieve, has integrated water quality sensors, intuitive mission planning software, and weighs less than 21Kg. It is ideal for routine mapping of lakes, reservoirs, rivers, estuaries and... (read more)
2009-02-09 10:39:39

Typhoon Monitoring Instrumentation

Following an international competition, NTU has selected Axys' Triaxys directional wave sensor to measure the waves generated by typhoons approaching the coast of Taiwan. The Triaxys sensor will be integrated onto NTU's modified Atlas (Autonomous Temperature Line Acquisition System) metocean buoy.     Atlas is a 2.3m diameter toroid fabricated with fiberglass over a foam core.  Axys' proprietary Triaxys wave sensor will deliver the highly accurate directional wave data required for scientific research and weather forecasting.   Axys' exclusive representative in Taiwan, Sino Instruments Co. Ltd. facilitated the purchase and will also assist NTU with the integration of the sensor. ... (read more)
2009-09-09 01:33:42

Monitoring Marine Pollution

Detecting Offenders by Satellite in the Eastern Black Sea
An increase in marine traffic has recently been registered in the Black Sea, which is often accompanied by illegal oily water dumps, leaks during loading/off-loading operations and a higher risk of accidents. One of the primary tasks of ScanEx Research and Development Center is the operational satellite-based monitoring for real-time detection of oil spills and their sources. Repeat offenders of waste dumping and sources of pollution have been confidently identified, encouraging others to adopt a more responsible attitude towards the marine environment. View Larger Map According to statistics, transportation is the main source of world ocean pollution. This is also... (read more)
2009-05-12 12:00:00

Monitoring Sludge Disposal

Dredging is essential to maintain navigation in ports and harbours. Much of the material that is removed during dredging is clean enough to be disposed of in open water depots at sea. According to the protocol defined in the London Convention (1972 and 1996), the impacts of these open water depots on the surrounding environment have to be monitored. Thus far, monitoring of sediment mobility and sediment transport has mainly been carried out by point measurements. These measurements provide only limited information and sometimes require ambiguous extrapolations. With the development of systems that provide high-resolution, quantitative information of morphology and... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Vessel Corrosion Monitoring

MICAD Marine has begun to include Vessel Corrosion Monitoring as standard equipment in all of its Marine Systems. Corrosion is one of the greatest enemies of all vessels and there are several protective measures that vessel owners can take to eliminate this risk. The typical solution is the placement of zinc on various parts of metallic objects making up submersed parts of the vessels. This new monitoring device offers display and archive of the current status of cathode protection, as well as a permanent log of the entire protective system employed on the boat, for its entire history. If zinc... (read more)
2005-10-07 12:00:00

Monitoring of Sediment Displacement

During current pipelaying activities in German waters for the North Stream pipeline between Russia and the EU, Aqua Vision BV performed vessel-based tracking of water column characteristics in the vicinity of dredging and pipelaying activities. The measurement programme involved monitoring during two pipelaying phases: dredging and pipelaying. Combining high-resolution data collection (using Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers) and real-time plume detection software (ViSea-PDT) makes it possible to map the size and concentration of sediment plumes. This information is subsequently used to validate predictions based on numerical modelling studies.Sediment monitoring is part of a larger monitoring programme, involving modelling studies and moored... (read more)
2010-11-22 09:15:35

Cost-Effective Monitoring Platform

OSIL will be launching their new range of robust and adaptable Data Buoys at Oceanology International 2008. They will be exhibiting the small and cost-effective OSIL200 buoy on their stand, which illustrates the compact and light-weight design of the buoys.   OSIL's Data Buoys provide a monitoring platform for a wide assortment of instrumentation and their highly stable design makes them suitable for a variety of short and long term applications including ocean, river, coastal and dredge monitoring. They are designed to be completely adaptable to any applications' needs, and can withstand the harshest of conditions thanks to their robust... (read more)
2008-01-15 12:00:00

Monitoring Deep-Sea Industry

Writing in the scientific journal Nature, scientists have called for increased discussion of independent monitoring of deep-sea hydrocarbon industry activity with the aim of obtaining a better understanding of its ecological impact. The hydrocarbon industry is increasingly searching for hydrocarbon resources at much greater depths and developing drilling technology to exploit them. However, drilling the seafloor at great depths is technically very challenging and carries with it poorly known risks.     “The Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico last year and the subsequent discovery of unexpected hydrocarbon accumulation at mid-water depths underscores the need for independent monitoring... (read more)
2011-05-13 12:00:00

Towed Coastal Monitoring Package

The MiniBAT Towed Coastal Monitoring Package (TCMP) is developed to addresses all coastal monitoring requirements in one easy to use system. The TCMP is based on the MiniBAT tow-body from OSIL and is fitted with YSI’s 6600 Multiparameter Sonde (CTD, DO, pH, Chlorophyll, Turbidity). Supplied fully integrated, complete with winch, cable terminations & GPS system etc., allowing rapid coastal surveys to be undertaken from small inshore work boats. The TCMP is designed for use by Harbour Authorities, Environment Agencies, Universities, Survey companies in line with the Water Framework Directive. (read more)
2007-01-18 10:33:34
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