rss icon Subscribe
desktop mobile

Marine Science

NOAA Sets Up Vessel Ops Support in Rhode Island

NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow alongside in Newport, R.I. (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA has awarded a lease to Massa Industries, LLC for office space in Middletown, R.I., that will temporarily house a new marine operations support facility for Rhode Island-based NOAA ships Henry B. Bigelow and Okeanos Explorer.The Middletown facility will also support NOAA personnel engaged in the

Subsea Mining: The Race is On, But Effects are Unclear

Manganese nodules on the Atlantic Ocean floor off the southeastern United States, discovered in 2019 during the Deep Sea Ventures pilot test. (Photo: NOAA)

Mining the ocean floor for submerged minerals is a little-known, experimental industry. But soon it will take place on the deep seabed, which belongs to everyone, according to international law.Seabed mining for valuable materials like copper, zinc and lithium already takes place within countries’ marine territories.

Florida Current is the Weakest Its Been in a Century

A new study uses a method of tracking the strength of near-shore ocean currents from a distance via measurements of coastal sea level. (Photo by Carol Anne Clayson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

The Florida Current, which forms the start of the Gulf Stream, has slowed over the past century and is the slowest it has been at any point in the past 110 years, a new study reveals.Researchers have developed a method of tracking the strength of near-shore ocean currents using measurements made at the coast,

China's Polar Icebreaker Embarks on First Arctic Mission

(File photo: Polar Research Institute of China)

China's first domestically built polar icebreaker Xue Long 2 has set sail on its first mission to the Arctic, China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reports.Xuez Long 2 (Snow Dragon 2) departed Shanghai Wednesday with a team of Chinese scientists on board to conduct investigations in areas including the Chukchi Rise,

CMRE Open Library is Open for Business

(File photo: CMRE)

Here’s a library where you don’t have to be quiet. In fact, they want you to talk about it!The NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO) Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) library of scientific literature is a free and open repository of knowledge including technical papers, published articles and reports.

Fast-moving Waterfalls in the Deep Sea

(Image: NOC)

New research led by the National Oceanography Center (NOC) has discovered how fast-moving waterfalls under the sea control the shape and behavior of submarine channels. These underwater channels are the offshore equivalents of rivers, but can be much larger. Submarine channels can extend for tens to thousands of kilometers offshore,

Pandemic Offers Scientists a Chance to 'Hear' the Oceans

© Alexandre / Adobe Stock

Eleven years ago, environmental scientist Jesse Ausubel dreamed aloud in a commencement speech: What if scientists could record the sounds of the ocean in the days before propeller-driven ships and boats spanned the globe?They would listen to chit-chat between blue whales hundreds of miles apart. They

MBARI Works at Unlocking Ocean Biology

MBARI researchers head out into Monterey Bay to deploy a long-range autonomous underwater vehicle (LR-AUV), an underwater robot that is programmed at the surface and then travels underwater for hundreds of miles, measuring water chemistry and collecting water samples as it goes.  Credit: Brian Kieft (c) 2015 MBARI

Greater understanding of what goes on in the ocean is starting to become a reality – thanks to growing use of unmanned surface and underwater vehicles and developments in biological sensing.  Elaine Maslin takes a look at what a team at MBARI has been doing.Gathering biological data from the oceans

Tidal Turbines Impact on Marine Wildlife Lower Than Previously Thought

Image: HR Wallingford

Research by HR Wallingford at the SeaGen tidal power project site at Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland has shown that the impact of tidal power turbines on marine wildlife may be significantly lower than previously estimated.As questions are asked about the impact of turbine blades on marine wildlife,

Ørsted, US Unis to Study Whales in OWP

Image: Ørsted

Danish developer Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind has signed a research partnership  with Rutgers University, the University of Rhode Island and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to support academic research activities related to offshore wind.The group is set to launch the Ecosystem and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (ECO-PAM) project.

Gazprom Neft Completes Okhotsk Survey

Image: Gazprom Neft

Russian oil and gas exploration company Gazprom Neft has completed ecological monitoring of grey whale populations at the Ayashsky license block, offshore from Sakhalin Island, with expedition members registering more than 550 animals in the course of a five-month survey.According to a press release,

Scientists Study French Polynesia's Coral Reefs

Image: Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation

The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has released their findings from the largest coral reef survey and mapping expedition ever conducted in French Polynesia.The Global Reef Expedition: French Polynesia Final Report provides a comprehensive summary of the research findings from the expedition,

Tracking Ship Emissions from Space

Pic: University College London Photo credit: Alexander Mils on Pexels

A new ground-breaking study by University College London (UCL) Energy Institute, Imperial College and the University of Oxford shows how satellite tracking could be used to monitor compliance with the upcoming IMO 0.5% sulfur emission regulations and Emission Control Areas (ECA).Research conducted by their own researchers,

APEM Aerial Surveys at Vietnam’s 3.4GW OWP

Image: APEM

APEM, the European aquatic and environmental consultancy specializing in freshwater and marine ecology and aerial surveys, has begun conducting its first ever aerial surveys at the Thang Long 3.4GW offshore wind project (OWP) in Vietnam."APEM has won a contract with Enterprize Energy. We will be

Maritime Apps