Oceanography News

UK NOC Joins World Ocean Council

The National Oceanography Center (NOC) has joined the World Ocean Council (WOC) - the international, cross-sectoral leadership alliance on ocean sustainable development, science and stewardship. The NOC joins the other WOC members from a wide range of ocean industries including shipping, cruise tourism, fisheries, aquaculture, oil and gas, seabed mining, renewable energy, ocean technology, maritime law, investment and other sectors. NOC Executive Director, Professor Ed Hill, commented, “The NOC is delighted to become a member of the World Ocean Council. We share the same aim of ensuring

Margaret Leinen (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Interview: Margaret Leinen - Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Scripps Institution of Oceanography – one of the premiere institutions of ocean research and higher learning on the planet – is the hinge of the Southern California blue economy. MTR recently spent some time with Margaret Leinen, Vice Chancellor, Marine Sciences, UC San Diego, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, for her insights on the path forward.   I’m sure we can find Scripps’ ‘vital stats’ online, but can you give a brief overview of the Institution that you run? Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is a thriving center for

Photo: Ocean Business

Preview: Ocean Business 2017

Ocean Business 2017 – the global ocean technology show combining an exhibition and program of hands-on training and demonstration sessions.   Ocean Business 2017 is scheduled to take place at the National Oceanography Center in Southampton, U.K. from April 4 to 6, 2017. Firmly established as one of the most important international events in the ocean technology calendar, Ocean Business is free to attend and is expected to attract more than 5,000 visitors from more than 60 countries.   At the heart of Ocean Business is a three-day exhibition of more than 340 companies, bringing

Aerographer's Mate 2nd Class Howard Bigby, assigned to the strike group oceanography team from Fleet Weather Center San Diego Photo USN

USN's Oceanography Warrant Officers to Make a Return

The Navy is bringing warrant officers back to Naval Oceanography in 2018 after a 28-year hiatus. In late March, the Navy Personnel Command released the message, NAVADMIN 079/16, reestablishing the program and at the same time disestablishing the Oceanography Limited Duty Officer (LDO) Program. "In order to meet the increasing demand for officers with specific technical meteorology and oceanography knowledge, skills and abilities, the Secretary of the Navy has approved the establishment of the Oceanography Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Designator," the message said. The first warrant

Rear Adm. Brian Brown, commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, (right) presents  Capt. Van Gurley with a certificate of retirement commemorating 26 years of naval service during a ceremony held July 12 at Stennis Space Center, Miss.  (U.S. Navy photo by Jenni Ervin)

Captain Van Gurley Retires from Naval Oceanography Command

Capt. John "Van" Gurley retired from the U.S. Navy on July 12 in a traditional Navy ceremony at Stennis Space Center after 26 years of active duty service. A native of Orlando, Fla., and Mississippi Coast resident for nearly the past decade, Gurley most recently commanded the Naval Oceanography Operations Command (NOOC) at Stennis Space Center until a change of command immediately prior to his retirement ceremony. During the change of command, Rear Adm. Brian Brown, Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, hailed Gurley's command of the NOOC, saying his "strategic

Kelsey Obenour (courtesy Horizon Marine)

Horizon Marine Announces New Hire

Texas, to accommodate two oceanographers, drifting buoy production and a new laboratory for underwater gliders. Obenour graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.S. in Meteorology and Geography and a minor in Mathematics. Following her undergraduate studies, Kelsey received her M.S. in physical oceanography from the University of Rhode Island – Graduate School of Oceanography. For her thesis, Obenour used 30 years of sea surface temperature (SST) AVHRR Pathfinder satellite data to analyze ocean fronts on global and regional scales to observe decadal and global climate trends since 1982. Patrice

MTR Whitepapers: Call for Papers

industry, introduces in 2015 three Special Content editions: MTR Whitepapers. MTR Whitepapers – which will be produced and distributed in E-Magazine format – is  distinct and tightly targeted to a particular niche in the global subsea industry, including editions focused on: -- Oceanography (February 2015) -- Hydrography (June 2015) -- Unmanned Marine & Subsea Vehicles (November 2015) The editors of MTR are currently accepting “Whitepapers” for publication. Following publication in the Special E-Magazine, select Whitepapers will be considered for future print

GeoChirp 3D profiler: Image Kongsberg

Kongsberg Deliver GeoChirp 3D Subsea Profiler to China

provides three dimensional acoustical images of shallow sub-seabed structures and buried objects. It transfers the well-established principles of conventional 3D reflection seismics, used in hydrocarbon exploration, to high resolution chirp sub-bottom profiler technology. The First Institute of Oceanography (FIO), in Qingdao is its first commercial customer. China’s internationally reputed research institution is looking forward to applying the state of the art technology in its line of research. The system has been originally developed at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton,

Photo: U.S. Navy

Navy Christens, Launches New Oceanographic Survey Ship

and launched its newest oceanographic survey ship, USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), the last of its class at VT Halter Marine’s shipyard in Moss Point, Miss., in a traditional Navy ceremony on March 27.   The 350-foot ship is named for Cmdr. Matthew F. Maury, considered to be the father of oceanography, nicknamed the “Pathfinder of the Seas” and the first superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Maury is 24 feet longer than its six sister ships to accommodate a 300 square-foot moon pool for easier deployment and retrieval of unmanned underwater vehicles.   Rear Adm. Jonathan

C-Enduro (Photo courtesy of NOC)

NOC Buys Two Ocean Robot Boats

The National Oceanography Center (NOC) is to purchase two oceangoing unmanned surface vehicles designed for long endurance scientific research. The unmanned surface vehicles, one produced by MOST Ltd, of Chichester, and the other by ASV Ltd, based in Portchester were developed as part of a £1million initiative to produce rugged and reliable marine autonomous systems to gather data from the open ocean over periods of several months in support of U.K. marine scientific research. Geraint West, director of National Marine Facilities said, “This is an investment of some £400

Navy Oceanography Signs Ersi Agreement

Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NAVMETOCCOM), signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) Sept. 3 with Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. (Esri), the geographic information systems company. "This CRADA will be a key enabler for our mission and top priority -- providing unmatched battlespace awareness and environmental information to the warfighters that yield better decisions made faster than the adversary," Gallaudet said. The Esri software and system allows detailed geospatial data to be analyzed

Xiangyanghong 10, Photo courtesy of REL

Romica Engineering Supports Chinese Research Vessel

Romica Engineering Ltd (REL) have signed a contract with Geo Marine Technology Co. Ltd China to provide a Conductivity, Temperature, Depth (CTD) launch and recovery system (LARS) to The Second Institute Oceanography (State Oceanic Administration) China.   This system provides the capability of 10,000m of 8mm electro-mechanical cable with a SWL of 4 tonnes. Designed in accordance with DNV Rules for Certification of Lifting Appliances 2011 and UNOLS Research Vessel Safety Standards Revised March 2009 the system will be mainly used on the scientific research vessel Xiangyanghong 10 worldwide.

Geraint West, formerly with the NOC, has joined subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd as its new Global Business Manager for Oceanography. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Appoints Global Business Manager for Oceanography

Subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd. UK, has appointed of Geraint West as its new Global Business Manager for Oceanography. Geraint joins Sonardyne with immediate effect and brings with him extensive experience gained over 32 years with the Royal Navy, Fugro and most recently, the National Oceanography Center (NOC).    West’s early career as a hydrographic surveyor included a posting to the U.S. Naval Oceanography Office, and culminated as Charge Surveyor in the ice patrol ship, HMS Endurance.  He then moved to Fugro as Project Manager for the U.S. Army Corps

The crew of Icelandic Coast Guard survey vessel Baldur deploys a Wave Glider for measuring winds, February 22, 2017 (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Scientists, Icelandic Coast Guard Partner to Study Rough Seas

A new collaboration between Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) has set out to study of the extreme ocean surface conditions that characterize the waters off Iceland’s coast.    Scripps physical oceanographer Eric Terrill said he and other Scripps scientists first approached Icelandic officials with the concept of deploying a suite of marine instruments because of the unique ocean conditions that are found there – primarily the locale’s extreme winter weather and rough seas.   “Measur

Deep-Ocean Biodiversity Webinar

Monday, Jan. 13th, 9:00am Free webinar with Dr. Lisa Levin, Director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  This presentation will examine our current understanding of deep-ocean biodiversity and its value - its ecological functions, ecosystem services and scientific discovery.  To register go to: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=py0bgi1vvkxj Source: MTS SoCal eNews

R/V Sikuliaq Research vessels like R/V Sikuliaq are built to conduct scientific observation and experimentation.

New Ships Join the US Research Fleet

scientific mission will directly benefit from the fielding of this next-generation research ship focused on maritime technology discoveries and break-through capabilities.” Sister ship R/V Sally Ride (AGOR 28) will join the fleet next year and will be assigned to Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The new ships will replace R/V Knorr (AGOR 15) and R/V Melville (AGOR 14) as part of the Navy’s portion of the ARF. Both ships have reached their expected service life, but they are still capable science platforms. “During their 45-year careers, they sailed millions of miles

A small copepod Microsetella (orange speck) feeding on a particle at 300m depth in the North Atlantic. (Photo: Klas Möller)

Optical Data Sheds Light on Environmental Change

To understand the role of the ocean in global environmental change and to progress oceanography in developing countries the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will be leading a working group aiming to build the world’s largest database on carbon flux measurements from optical sensors. Called TOMCAT, this group will include research organizations from developed and developing countries and has today announced it has received funding from the Scientific Committee of Ocean Research (SCOR) to start work.    Understanding the ocean’s ability to store carbon dioxide requires more

Registration Open for SENEDIA Ocean Conference

The Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA) will host “Innovation in Oceanography, Ocean Engineering, Defense and Marine Trades” on Monday, November 4, 2013, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at the University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography -Coastal Institute. The day’s agenda is as follows: •8:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Registration and check in •9 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Welcoming remarks by URI President David Dooley, Governor Chafee and members of the federal delegation (invited) and Marcel Valois, RI-EDC •9:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Dean Bruce Corliss "State

Walter Munk & Explorer's Medal: Photo courtesy of UCSanDiego

Explorer's Club Medal for Ocean Geophysicist Walter Munk

and discovery, achievements that have made him known prominently as the world’s greatest living oceanographer. “The Directors and Officers of the Explorers Club take great pleasure in awarding the Explorers Club Medal to Walter H. Munk, Ph.D., for his extraordinary contributions to oceanography, pioneering marine science, and more specifically to our understanding of the inner workings of the Earth’s oceans,” notes the official Explorers Club Medal citation. In honoring Walter Munk, the club recognizes the geophysicist’s multitude of scientific achievements, which

UK Ocean Technologies Expo Biggest Yet

Ocean Business 2013 at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton will welcome 300+ worldwide companies to its upcomeng show. One of the most exciting elements of the show is that visitors can actually see equipment in action and ‘test-drive’ products before they purchase.  This year’s Ocean Business is running an unmissable programme of free training and demonstrations, running over 180 hours where leading companies will introduce new products, technologies and techniques.            As Ocean Business takes place at

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