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

ASL Monitoring for Vancouver

ASL Environmental Sciences has formally handed over to the Port of Vancouver a real-time monitoring system for currents and water levels at the Second Narrows Bridge in the harbour. This project has been in collaboration between the Canadian Hydrographic Service, Vancouver Port Authority, CN Rail and Sultran Ltd, with ASL acting as prime contractor to provide the instruments and system integration. This system, using proprietary Acoustic Scintillation Flow Meter (ASFM) technology along with other off-the-shelf components has completed an extensive, two-year long field trial to confirm its operational reliability. The ASFM technology was selected because it has no moving parts... (read more)
2003-10-23 12:00:00

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

LiDAR Monitoring Coastal Erosion

A new bathymetric survey of the Corsican coastline has been commissioned to provide detailed information about ongoing coastal erosion on the Mediterranean island as well as to assess the impact of manmade structures both on future erosion and navigation safety. BRGM in partnership with OEC (Office de l'Environnement de la Corse) and with the contribution of AERMC (Agence de l'Eau Rhône Méditerranée Corse) have appointed BLOM, UK, and its Hawk Eye II scanning device, to undertake an aerial LiDAR survey of the Oriental Coastal Plain of Corsica, providing some 120km² of new data.   Subject to intense meteorological events, including... (read more)
2009-10-13 01:03:24

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 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

Monitoring Ice From Space

Starting 20th December 2010, ScanEx Center, Russia, has been carrying out satellite imagery of the process of ice cover formation on the rivers of the north of the European part of Russia and Siberia. During the freezeup period ice hummocking occurs within the limits of ice-hazardous areas, which during the spring flood may result in formation of ice jams and flooding of wide areas of the flood plain and of residential areas and facilities nearby.   Imaging has been conducted using SAR images delivered from RADARSAT-1 and ENVISAT-1 satellites. If needed, radar images of RADARSAT-2, TerraSAR-X and COSMO-SkyMed programs can... (read more)
2010-12-29 04:05:21

Oceanology Improves Weather Monitoring

An AXYS WatchMate1.8DM buoy has been deployed in the external port of La Coruña, Spain. The WatchMate oceanographic buoy strengthens the weather monitoring programme operated by Puertos del Estado (PdE) in the Galicia region. The buoy system monitors additional strategic environmental parameters over the existing REDCOS TRIAXYS buoys for operation of the port and to improve the local marine weather forecasting models. The WatchMate transmits oceanographic and meteorological data like directional waves, marine currents, salinity, sea surface temperature, wind (speed and direction), atmospheric pressure and temperature. Puertos del Estado can also expand these capabilities to add more sensors including: water... (read more)
2013-06-20 09:50:02

Environmental Monitoring Buoy

UK-based OSIL recently launched its new 1.2m Tern buoy. The platform is designed for extended deployment in harsh coastal environments in deeper water depths, and is suitable for all applications, including scientific studies, water quality monitoring, coastal engineering projects, harbour and coastal monitoring, and maritime traffic control.                                            The system is robust, with all instrumentation and cables held internally, protected by the rugged enclosed top section, which has been designed to minimise damage from the elements or interference. All sensors... (read more)
2012-04-02 01:16:34
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