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KONGSBERG’s new ocean gliders. L-R: Kongsberg Seaglider, Oculus shallow water and Seaglider M6 deepwater system (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg to Market Two New Underwater Gliders

worked through the intricacies of transferring the technology for these complex vehicles and is delighted that KONGSBERG is making them commercially available.”   Development of these glider systems was supported by federal grants from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Navy, Office of Naval Research

NOAA: Noise Affecting Marine Mammals

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) seeks comments on proposed changes to its draft Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing. Comments must be received by 30 March. 81 Fed. Reg. 14095 [located at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-16/pdf/2016-05886.pdf] (3/16/16).   (Source: Bryant's Maritime Blog - http://brymar-consulting.com)

US Forecaster Predicts Below-average Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Atlantic Ocean will see a below-average number of hurricanes this season due to cooler seas and a strong El Niño effect, the U.S. government weather forecaster announced on Wednesday.   The forecast calls for six to 11 tropical storms this year, with three to six reaching hurricane status, including possibly two major hurricanes with winds reaching at least 111 miles-per-hour (178 kph), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said at a press conference in New Orleans.     (Reporting by David Adams; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

Image: NASA Scientific Visualization Studio

NASA Animations Depict the Formation of Ocean Garbage Patches

Researchers at NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio have produced several animations to depict the formation of garbage patches throughout the world’s oceans.   Using two models, one simulating the movement of particles propelled by surface currents and the other tracking the migration of floating buoys distributed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) over the last 35-years, the researchers were able to identify and illustrate how debris in the oceans gathers into garbage patches around the world.   The animations are available here.  

Photo courtesy of NOAA/Interstate Plastics

Interstate Plastics Supply NOAA Reef Monitoring Materials

Interstate Plastics has been chosen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, as their primary supplier of PVC plastics for use in Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures, commonly referred to as ARMS. ARMS mimic the complexity of coral reefs to attract and collect colonizing invertebrates and provide a systematic, consistent, and comparable method to monitor cryptic reef diversity. ARMS enable researchers to obtain information using molecular techniques, particularly for small, cryptic organisms that constitute the bulk of reef diversity. Interstate Plastics has provided

Senator Carl Levin: Official photo

Great Lakes Marine Sanctuary Bill to be Tabled

the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation's (NMSF) 12th annual Ocean Awards Gala June 10, 2014, that he is introducing the Great Lakes Cultural Heritage Assessment Act next month, informs the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF). Sen. Levin's proposed bill would direct the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to identify underwater areas in the Great Lakes that possess significant historical and archaeological resources and consider recommendation for designation as national marine sanctuaries. The Senator's new bill follows yesterday's announcement from Counselor to the President

Richard Dentzman (Photo: Klein Marine Systems)

Klein Hires Dentzman as Sales Manager

has joined Klein as Regional Sales Manager.     Dentzman joins Klein Marine Systems as a Regional Sales Manager, contributing to Klein’s market share expansion and new product introduction, as well as strengthening cooperation with customers in the U.S. Navy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) and other defense customers around the world.   Dentzman is a U.S. submarine veteranand has experience with sonar manufacturers. He has more than 20 years of surveying experience and his background

Fifteen students began classes May 1, 2017, at The University of Southern Mississippi, where they are expected to be the first class in the nation to earn a certification in Unmanned Maritime Systems. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Unmanned Maritime Systems: Class in Session

Office, Fleet Survey Team and Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center based at Stennis Space Center; Naval Oceanography Special Warfare Center based in San Diego; Submarine Development Squadron 5 based in Bangor, Wash.; Naval Undersea Warfare Center based in Newport, R.I.; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in based in Norfolk, Va.   USM School of Ocean Science and Technology Directory Monty Graham said, “The University sees the Unmanned Maritime Systems Certification as a natural extension of decades of collaboration with U.S. Navy. The future of ocean science

Erik Anderson (Photo: EdgeTech)

Anderson Joins EdgeTech

Erik Anderson has joined EdgeTech as Hydrographic Product Engineer based in the company’s Boca Raton, Fla. office.     Previously with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coast Survey, Anderson brings extensive hydrographic expertise to the organization. He has a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, Master of Science in Hydrography and Category “A” International Hydrographic Certification.   Anderson has over 10 years of experience in the field of marine surveying working with equipment such as side

JMS Hires Business Development VP

has joined Juliet Marine Systems (JMS) as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, the company announced today.   Manley brings over 20 years of experience in the marine technology sector including roles at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He has also led growth of sales and development of new products at both startup companies and public corporations. At JMS, Manley will lead all aspects of sales, marketing and business development.   In addition to his new role at JMS, Manley is involved in the

C&C Technologies Wins NOAA Survey Contract

C & C Technologies has been awarded a new five-year contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to perform hydrographic surveys throughout U.S. coastal waters.  “Our work with NOAA began in 1998 surveying San Francisco Bay near Alcatraz Island and the Oakland Bay Bridge,” stated Thomas Chance, President of C & C Technologies, Inc.  This is now the third five-year survey contract NOAA has awarded to C & C.  I am pleased with the confidence NOAA has shown in us and for the opportunity to continue supporting the Office of Coast Survey.

Multibeam image of debris found in a previous project (Image courtesy of TerraSond)

TerraSond Awarded 5-year NOAA Survey Contract

TerraSond has been selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide hydrographic surveying services anywhere in the U.S under a new five-year contract, the company announced today. Under the new contract beginning in 2015, TerraSond will provide comprehensive, modern hydrographic surveys in assigned areas to support NOAA’s nautical charting mission, which includes the updating of charts in critical areas for navigation safety. TerraSond has been providing hydrographic survey services continuously for NOAA since 1998 under consecutive multi-year contracts.

Ralph Rayner

Sonardyne Appoints Non-Executive Chairman

is retiring after 16 years with the company. Ralph is an internationally recognized figure within the offshore and oceanographic industries. He has extensive senior and Board level international experience with a diverse portfolio of organizations including the BMT Group, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Fugro and is actively engaged with professional and learned societies such as the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and the Marine Technology Society (MTS). Using his experience, Ralph will

The Ocean Dimensions animation helps users visualize how ocean data can apply to several dimensions

Presentations Illustrate Dimensions of Accurate Marine Mapping

support. MarineCadastre.gov allows users to create and customize marine maps, share maps and data, and address critical planning details with partners. MarineCadastre.gov was co-developed by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center. noaa.gov  

The value of imports at major U.S. shipping ports for the year 2014. (Image: Esri)

A Location Strategy for Funding Port Infrastructure

consequence plan for ports that mitigate the impacts from non-point-source pollution, flooded laydown areas, storage tanks and pipeline corridor damage; and develop plans for ballast water management. Now is the time to create dialog with U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other agencies and stakeholders to develop scenarios for the high-risk/lower-probability environmental or other sea level changes that could have national impacts on the HMTF funding stream, and determine how to maintain the revenue for improving infrastructure. Shipping

Photo courtesy Liquid Robotics

Liquid Robotics, NOAA Sign Forecasting Agreement

Liquid Robotics and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the signing of a multiyear, Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) designed to advance ocean observations to improve U.S. weather forecasting, fisheries management and environmental monitoring. The NOAA/Liquid Robotics CRADA combines the significant product capabilities of the Wave Glider, a revolutionary, wave powered unmanned ocean robot, with NOAA’s engineering, data analysis and modeling expertise for applications that will have long-term benefits to the general public. "Over

Jane Lubchenco (Photo: OSU)

Marine Ecologist Receives Top National Academy of Sciences Honor

individuals “who have worked tirelessly to promote science for the benefit of humanity.”   Lubchenco’s selection as the 2017 Public Welfare Medal recipient was announced January 30.   Oregon State University marine ecologist Lubchenco is the former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator.   “It’s an incredible honor, especially since it comes at a time in history when it’s more important than ever for scientists to engage with the public in meaningful ways and demonstrate how our work improves people’s lives

Map of the Beaufort Sea for the study area (Image: BOEM)

Arctic Ecosystem Study Launched in US, Canadian Waters

research initiative coordinated and planned by BOEM in conjunction with its federal and private sector partners: U.S. Arctic Research Commission, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, Marine Mammal Commission, National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Naval Research, and Shell Oil Company.   BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruickshank, said, “With widespread interest in the Arctic, including potential oil and gas leasing and development, we’re looking to significantly expand our knowledge of the Beaufort

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