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'Elusive' Omura Whale Spotted

, west of Indonesia. From 2003 through 2013, their known range expanded to a few more locations in the eastern Indo-Pacific region. After the release of Dr. Cerchio’s video, the number of documented sightings increased dramatically across the world including the western Indian Ocean, eastern Atlantic off of Africa, western south Atlantic, northwestern Pacific and Oceania. The only major tropical or warm temperate oceanic basins not reporting sightings have been the eastern and central Pacific.These unevenly colored whales have filtering baleen instead of teeth and come from the whale family

Near the Bear Island, in the Svalbard archipelago, the INBIS channel kept its unique submarine relief during the Last Glacial Maximum (image: José Luis Casamor (GRC Marine Geosciences /University of Barcelona)

Researchers Study Unique Arctic Channel

the Arctic Ocean revealed extreme episodes such as the Storegga Tsumani, the most spectacular submarine disaster known so far, which shook polar sea floors about 7,000 years ago. In the Fram Strait – a passage between Greenland and the Svalbard Islands – the Arctic cold waters mix with the Atlantic warm waters and create an exceptional situation to study the geological records of the natural climate change in the planet.Now, the northern polar waters – one of the most affected ecosystems by the effects of global change  – build a perfect natural laboratory for many fields

SonarWiz 2019 Training Dates Announced

workshops this spring, summer and fall. Classes are two or three days long and breakfast, lunch, snacks, sample data sets and two week demo licenses are provided. Travel and accommodations are not included in the registration fee.-- Spring training will be held May 14-15, 2019 at Stockton University, Atlantic City campus in New Jersey. We will show new features in SonarWiz 7.4 and cover sidescan, sub-bottom, bathymetry and mag processing. Cost is $495.00 and discounts available for users with current EMAs. Register online at:http://2ughld46m1gt1arvat2ix2d8-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ma

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The Ocean is Absorbing More Carbon

, leader of NOAA’s West Coast acidification observing network and a co-author of the study. “We have been working with the industry to provide an early warning system against the most severe impacts of rising carbon dioxide levels.”Rik Wanninkhof, an oceanographer at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory and another co-author, added, “A critical question that warrants continued observations of the ocean is if this uptake can be sustained and what might happen to the Earth’s atmosphere if the ocean is unable to absorb continued increased carbon

Broadcasting from the deep on the Nekton First Descent mission using a BlueComm UV. (Photo: Sonardyne)

World First: Video Broadcast Live from Underwater

research vessel, real-time video from one of the mission’s two submersibles was able to be streamed through the water and then broadcast live across the world, enabling the general public to, in-effect, join the scientists as they explore their underwater habitats.Next week, Sky News and Sky Atlantic, as part of Sky Ocean Rescue, which have also joined the mission, plan to broadcast three live “subsea programs”, which will include live simultaneous broadcast from both of the mission’s two, two-person submersibles, again using BlueComm. While video transmission from a manned

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VA Offshore Wind: A Strong Foundation

;collaborate to bring (offshore wind) industry to the region.  We want everyone to ‘lean in’,” he continued, “to attract industry, not just in VA but in other markets.  We are well positioned to play a significant role for construction, supply and service up and down the Atlantic coast.”BVGA’s recommendations are worth a closer look because the suggestions have been incorporated within Virginia’s overall 2018 Energy Plan. Here’s a summary of BVGA’s five major recommendations (for offshore wind):• Create a “Virginia Office for

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COVE Welcomes Aboard IBM Canada

environment.“IBM is committed to supporting the development and commercialization of ‘made in Canada’ products and services, and we are proud to be present at COVE as they help to bolster the region's position as a global hub for ocean expertise,” says Calvin Gosse, Atlantic Public Sector Client Executive at IBM Canada. “COVE represents a significant opportunity to contribute to the ocean economy by sharing collaborative space with highly skilled local enterprises working together on major initiatives, such as DeepSense, advancing ocean analytics.”IBM has

IBM Canada Joins COVE

environment.“IBM is committed to supporting the development and commercialization of ‘made in Canada’ products and services, and we are proud to be present at COVE as they help to bolster the region's position as a global hub for ocean expertise,” said Calvin Gosse, Atlantic Public Sector Client Executive at IBM Canada. “COVE represents a significant opportunity to contribute to the ocean economy by sharing collaborative space with highly skilled local enterprises working together on major initiatives, such as DeepSense, advancing ocean analytics.”IBM has

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DOF Subsea Tallies Multiple Contracts

DOF Subsea announced Tuesday it has been awarded various contracts, securing utilization for vessels in the subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) projects segment.The company said its Atlantic region has been awarded a contract by the Norwegian Mapping Authority regarding hydrographic services for the MAREANO 2019 program. The specialized survey and IMR vessel Geograph will be deployed on the project that is expected to last until late fall.DOF Subsea said it has also been awarded a contract by Siemens on the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Project in the North Sea. The contract will utilize the

Yohei Sasakawa launches the operational phase of The Nippon Foundation – GEBCO Seabed 2030 project in Tokyo in February 2018. Photo: GEBCO Seabed 2030

OiA '19 & GEBCO Seabed 2030

elaborating upon various aspects of Seabed 2030, its connection to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and the role of industry in both.The panellists will include Dr Vicki Ferrini, Research Scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Head of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean Regional Centre of Seabed 2030, who will represent the Seabed 2030 Project Team and provide an overview of the project. “This will be my first Oi event,” Dr Ferrini said, “and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from attendees and make new connections

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France to Test Floating Wind Turbines

producing electricity from wind.The EU competition regulator said in a statement that the state aid was in line with EU rules as it was proportionate and could help develop a new type of technology to produce renewable energy.Three of the floating wind farms are in the Mediterranean Sea and one in the Atlantic Ocean.The demonstration wind farms will use a particular combination of turbine, floater and cables with a total installed capacity of 24 megawatt each."The objective of the public support is to test these different technological solutions, with the long-term goal to test this technology before

Walter Munk, 2017 (Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego)

Walter Munk: 1917-2019

was to predict days when wave conditions would be most suitable to enable landing craft to get close to the beach.After the two worked out a scheme that yielded reliable predictions, they began training Navy and Air Force weather officers and their principles were applied to landings in the Pacific and Atlantic theaters of war. The meteorologists they trained correctly predicted that the waves troops would face taking the beach in Normandy would be high but manageable.After the war, Munk returned to the dissertation he had set aside. He received a PhD in oceanography from the University of California Los

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New Submarine Cable System for Canada

Prysmian Group won a contract worth $19 million by New Brunswick Power Corporation (NB Power), the largest electric utility in the Atlantic Canada based in the province of New Brunswick. The Fundy Isles Project involves the development of a new submarine cable link which will allow the upgrade of the capacity of the existing submarine transmission system in the Passamaquoddy Region of the Bay of Fundy.The new power cable link will connect Deer Island, Campobello Island and Grand Manan Island to the mainland power grid in the Canadian province.Prysmian Group will be responsible for the design

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Ocean Infinity Searches for Lost S.Korean Ship

, Seabed Constructor, sets sail from Cape Town to begin the search for the lost South Korean ship, Stellar Daisy.Stellar Daisy sank on 31 March 2017, with the tragic loss of 22 of its 24 crew.  The ship, which was transporting iron ore from Brazil to China, is believed to have gone down in the South Atlantic Ocean approximately 1800 nautical miles due west of Cape Town.The Ocean Infinity team is expected to be on site and commencing search operations by mid-February 2019.  Ocean Infinity will use its proven approach of deploying a fleet of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) simultaneously to

The New Jersey Wind Energy Area, where hundreds of wind turbines may eventually be built, is shaded green and brown. Image: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of the Interior

Sea Breeze Study May Aid US Wind Farm Developers

A team of researchers at Rutgers University has used new forecasting methods to predict offshore sea breeze patterns on the Jersey Shore — data that could be useful for companies hoping to build wind farms off Atlantic City."The proposed, multimillion-dollar offshore wind farms industry may benefit from a Rutgers-led study that used sophisticated forecasting to understand sea breezes and make them a more predictable source of energy," said a press release from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.The behavior of offshore sea breezes, and how the ocean influences them, have

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Waters West of Europe Drive Ocean Overturning

The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (MOC)—a deep-ocean process that plays a critical role in regulating Earth’s climate—is primarily driven by cooling waters west of Europe, finds a new international study published Feb. 1 in Science.In the Atlantic MOC, warm, salty, shallow waters are carried northward from the tropics by currents and wind, and then converted into colder, fresher, deep waters that return southward through the Iceland and Irminger basins. In a departure from the prevailing scientific view, the study shows that most of the conversion from warm to cold

The Kongsberg Maritime EM 124 1x2" mapped the Puerto Rico Trench to depths greater than 8,000 meters. (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Sonar Assists Deepest Solo Sub Dive

In December 2018, Victor Vescovo became the first person to reach the deepest part of the Atlantic, piloting his private submersible the Limiting Factor 8,376 meters below the ocean's surface to the bottom of the Puerto Rico Trench -- the deepest solo human submersible dive ever.It goes without saying that state-of-the-art subsea technology was key to the mission's success. The submersible, a Triton 36000/2, features a 90mm thick pressure hull and is the first commercially certified full ocean depth.New multibeam sonar technology from Kongsberg Maritime also played a big part in the feat.

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