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Wave Glider to Help Protect Marine Sanctuaries

(Photo: Liquid Robotics)

New solutions to help protect and preserve the Hawaiian and American Samoa marine sanctuaries and monuments will be developed through a multi-year agreement between Liquid Robotics and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) Pacific Islands Region (PIR).   At the core of the long-term

Meet the CARTHE Drifter

The CARTHE drifter (Photo: GreenWave Instruments LLC)

Surface currents in the upper 1 ocean are very important in driving the fate of marine debris and pollutants but are also challenging to measure. Tracking the upper ocean in an effective manner may require massive deployment of GPS tracked drifter buoys, which until now were expensive, cumbersome and quite polluting themselves (i.

Buoy Network Monitors Kiel Canal Project

(Photo: OSIL)

A network of seven off 1.9m data buoys supplied by OSIL to DHI in Denmark will be deployed to support a long term monitoring project in Kiel, Germany, starting in October.    The sturdy buoy systems each incorporate two Sea-Bird Scientific WET Labs multiparameter water quality sensors; one mounted

Saab's Maritime Solution Protecting Great Barrier Reef

Photo: Saab AB

 As one of the wonders of the natural world, many consider the Great Barrier Reef one of the Earth’s most beautiful places.    The marine environment in the area is extremely sensitive and with around 4000 commercial vessels passing every year, it is important for the vessel services operators working

Seaweed: Fuel of the Future?

© Lesya Castillo / Adobe Stock

Scientists envision a future where fuel made from seaweed grown at large-scale offshore farms will be used to provide green power for homes and vehicles.   Now with help from U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) funding, researchers are working toward making that scenario a reality.

Research Vessels: The Fleet is In

(Credit: Rolls-Royce)

A wave of new and innovative research vessels are set to help scientists enhance their understanding of the oceans. MTR profiles several of these ships currently in designe and construction across the globe.   RRS Sir David Attenborough The U.K.’s new polar research ship rose to fame when Boaty McBoatface

An Ocean for Life

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Over the last few decades, marine environments have undergone widespread deterioration.    To help turn this tide, the Our Ocean Conference 2017 held in Malta (2-3 October) brought together world leaders looking to commit to actions to reduce marine pollution, manage aquatic resources sustainably,

Preview: GEO Week 2017

One of the fascinating aspects of viewing Earth at night is how well the lights show the distribution of people. In this view of Egypt, we see a population almost completely concentrated along the Nile Valley, just a small percentage of the country’s land area.  (Image Credit: NASA:Historic Images on Flickr Commons)

Discussing how earth observations help the world   Earth observations touch our lives every day, from your morning coffee to your drive home from work. When you’re skiing in January or enjoying the beach in July. Whether you’re a trader on Wall Street or a farmer in Ethiopia. Open Earth observations

Another Milestone for RRS Sir David Attenborough Build

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce is marking another milestone on the journey toward the completion of Britain’s new polar research vessel the RRS Sir David Attenborough being built by Merseyside shipyard Cammell Laird.   The last of the vessel’s Bergen B33:45 engines/gensets have been craned into the ship’s hull at Cammell

Machines Infused with AI that Fly, Swarm and Dive

Eauligo and the Marine Bees

Can mimicking insect behavior provide a way to map the ocean floor? Can robotic-controlled flying and diving drones be both bird-like and fish-like in the race to explore the ocean depths? As a global group of 19 semi-finalist teams in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE compete to create innovative autonomous

Ecoslops Seeks Authorization for Marseilles Project

Image: Ecoslops

 Ecoslops, an innovative technology company that upgrades ship-generated hydrocarbon residues, or “slops”, into valuable new fuels and light bitumen,  has  announced the formal application to the French competent authorities for an authorization to operate an oil residue waste-processing unit at La Mède,

Weakened Maria Could Regain Major Hurricane Status -NHC

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite VIIRS instrument captured this thermal image on Sept. 20, 2017, at 2:12 a.m. EDT (0612 UTC). At the time, Maria’s eye was just east of the American Virgin Islands, and its northwestern quadrant stretched over Puerto Rico. (Credit: NASA Goddard Rapid Response Team)

Maria, which weakened into a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday, could regain major hurricane status by Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory.   Catastrophic flash flooding was occurring over portions of Puerto Rico with conditions now deteriorating over the eastern Dominican Republic, the NHC said.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab Orders an ROV

Aquabotix’s Endura (Photo: Aquabotix)

National Aeronautics Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has placed an order for an unmanned underwater vehicle to be used for the creation of multidimensional maps of oceanic environs as part of its Ocean Worlds exploration program.   The 300-meter depth-rated Endura 300

RTsys Deploys Acoustic Buoys in Europe

Buoys equipped with acoustic recorders are used to evaluate the level of noise on wind farms in Germany. Calculation in real time, proposed by RTsys, has been very successful.   A species of porpoise endemic to the German coast is very sensitive to sound waves, because this species mainly uses its hearing to position itself.

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