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Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

of Technology; Gonzaga University; Kennesaw State University; Montana State University; North Carolina State University; North Dakota State University; Oregon Institute of Technology; Prairie View A&M University; Project Radian; San Diego City College; San Diego State University; University of Arizona; University of California Riverside; University of Central Florida; University of Colorado Boulder; University of Florida; University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; University of Southern California; and Utah State University.International teams included: Brazil’s Federal University of Rio

Kenneth Graham (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Taps Graham to Lead National Hurricane Center

during a wide variety of weather threats and spent time deployed with officials at emergency operations centers. His career with NOAA began in 1994, after working as a broadcast meteorologist at WCBI-TV in Mississippi. Graham earned a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science from the University of Arizona and holds a master’s degree in geoscience from Mississippi State University.   “Ken’s long history of providing dependable impact-based decision support services will greatly serve the nation, as he leads the National Hurricane Center,” said Louis Uccellini, Ph.D.

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Ten Institutes Join the Nereus Program

commitments from the Nippon Foundation in 2016, will allow the program to be more comprehensive in its research scope and be more policy-relevant.   New partners include:  University of Wollongong (Australia) Harvard University (USA) University of Washington (USA) Arizona State University (USA) University of South Carolina (USA) Agrocampus Ouest (France) Monterey Bay Aquarium (USA) Stanford University (USA) University of Ottawa (Canada) Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) Rutgers University (USA) &nb

Dr. Kelly Gleason investigates a ginger jar at the Two Brothers shipwreck site (Credit: NOAA)

Hawaiian Islands Shipwreck Makes History – Again

that the wreckage site has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation's sites worthy of preservation, as well as the State of Hawaii’s Register of Historic Places. As the first shipwreck site in Papahānaumokuākea listed to the register, it joins the USS Arizona and the USS Utah as the only two other listed shipwreck sites in Hawaii. There was a time during the mid-to-late 19th century when more than 700 American whaling ships plied the waters of New England and the Pacific, and more than one-fifth of their crew were Pacific Islanders. Dozens of vessels

The Planck UAS returns to the WAM-V (Photo: Eric Haun)

Unmanned Vehicles In, On and Above the Water

a SeaBotix remotely operated vehicle (ROV) outfitted with an array of Teledyne technologies (Bowtech camera and lights, BlueView sonar, SeaBotix grabber and RDI Pathfinder DVL) to inspect the suspicious object on the seafloor or on the pier.   Also among the companies with vehicles in action was Arizona based Hydronalix, Inc., who demonstrated its remote controlled rescue buoy EMILY. Travelling at speeds up to 35 miles per hour, EMILY vessels deliver swift rescue without having to send a human into the water.   California’s Blue Robotics had its BlueROV2 on display too, showcasing

In an earlier NOAA-funded project, derelict fishing gear and other large marine debris were removed from remote Alaskan shorelines by the Gulf of Alaska Keeper. (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Backs Marine Debris Removal/Research

to advance understanding of how microplastics interact with seafood species. Projects awarded through this grant competition will improve our understanding of the ecological risks associated with marine debris as well as the fate and transport of marine debris in nearshore, coastal environments. Arizona State University ($195,837) will use a risk assessment framework to quantify microplastics (plastic pieces <5mm in size) in water, sediment and bivalves at three sites in American Samoa, and assess the types and concentrations of organic contaminants in those microplastics.   The

EPA Sued Over Clean Water Rules to Curb Ocean Acidification

Environmentalists sued the Obama administration on Thursday seeking new federal water-quality standards designed to protect marine life against the corrosive effects of carbon emissions absorbed into the ocean from the burning of fossil fuels.   The lawsuit, brought by the Arizona-based Center for the Biological Diversity, accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of failing to take action as required under the Clean Water Act to stem the rising threat of ocean acidification.   Specifically, the lawsuit demands that water quality criteria for measuring pollutants be updated by the

Image: NASA

Arctic Sea Ice Hits a Record Low

, who helped calculate the data.   To put the record low into perspective, consider that this was 431,000 square miles, or 1.12 million square kilometers below the 1981-2010 average of 6.04 million square miles, or 15.64 million square kilometers. That's about the size of the states of Texas, Arizona and Kansas combined.    "The Arctic is in crisis," said Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the data center. "Year by year, it’s slipping into a new state, and it’s hard to see how that won’t have an effect on weather throughout the Northern Hemisphere.&rdquo

David Baumley (Photo: WFS Technologies Ltd)

Baumley Joins WFS for Scandinavia Sales

was responsible for  the development of new technologies, subsea sampling, pumping and metering. He has also worked as a Business Development Consultant for TESS Norway and Project Sales Manager MPFM/Wetgas manager for Roxar Flow Measurement, all in Bergen.   Baumley was educated at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ariz., where he earned a BSc in Mechanical Engineering

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