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Dr. Matthew Asplin (Photo: ASL Enviromental Sciences)

ASL Hires Dr. Asplin

.Dr. Asplin had previously completed a NSERC Industrial Postdoctoral Research and Development Fellowship with ASL Environmental Sciences Inc. from 2013–2016.  This research program was designed to continue the theme of study of his Ph.D. program as part of the ArcticNet–Industry Beaufort Sea Research collaboration between ArcticNet, BP, Imperial Oil, and ASL.  He completed research within the following topics:  1) surface atmospheric circulation systems—changes and trends for the western Arctic, 2) momentum coupling of atmospheric forcing to ice and near-surface ocean

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Wave Gliders to Study Arctic and Southern Oceans

through the world’s largest ocean current, the Antarctic Circumpolar Current,” said Dr. Jim Thomson, Senior Principal Oceanographer at The APL-UW. “The data collected provided unprecedented temporal and spatial coverage and I have great confidence our upcoming Arctic mission in the Beaufort Sea, part of the Stratified Ocean Dynamics of the Arctic, will again provide valuable insights.&rdquo

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Alaska Requests Limits on US Offshore Drilling

but cut the 11 proposed sales in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.   "Such a program will maximize agency resources and reflect the areas with the broadest support for development among Alaskans," Senators Lisa Murkowski, Dan Sullivan and Don Young said in the letter.   The Beaufort Sea off Alaska's northern coast is the federal offshore Alaska area with the most exploration drilling to date, but there is no producing oil field located entirely in federal Beaufort waters.   The more remote Chukchi Sea, off northwestern Alaska and believed to hold vast amounts of oil and

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Eni Begins Drilling Oil Well in Alaska's Beaufort Sea

Italian oil producer Eni this week began drilling a new well in U.S. waters off the north coast of Alaska, becoming the first company to do so since 2015, federal regulators said on Wednesday.   The oil and gas firm is working from an artificial island in the Beaufort Sea about three miles off Oliktok Point in the Arctic Ocean. The well is expected to run more than 6 miles (10 km) long.   The project could result in 20,000 barrels a day of oil production, according to regulator U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), which said it sent employees to the site to ensure

Image of sea ice in the Beaufort Sea, acquired on 3 June 2017 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument, on board the Aqua satellite. (Photo: NASA)

Trump Administration Approves Eni Plan to Drill Offshore Alaska

oil and gas drilling and make the country "energy dominant."   The approval is conditional on Eni getting other state and federal permits, which in past cases are generally granted once BOEM gives the green light.   "We know there are vast oil and gas resources under the Beaufort Sea, and we look forward to working with Eni in their efforts to tap into this energy potential," said BOEM's acting Director Walter Cruickshank.   Eni plans to drill into the Beaufort Sea from an artificial island using extended wells more than 6 miles (10 km) long starting in December

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Klein's Mine Hunting Capabilities on Display

team to prove the seaworthiness of Seagull and the fact that the Klein 5900 is specifically designed to achieve SAS-like (or better) performance at survey speed in excess of 10 knots, even in problematic sea conditions, Klein said. During these trials, the Klein 5900 performed exceptionally well in Beaufort sea states of up to Sea State 5 with wind gusts of 30 knots delivering superb mine classification and identification grade imagery, the manufacturer said.    Giuseppe Di Stefano, Klein Director of Marketing said, "Thanks to its survey speed of 10-12 knots, the Klein 5900 was able

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Retreating Arctic Coasts Cause Drastic Changes

in the January issue of the journal Nature Climate Change. According to the scientists, an interdisciplinary research program is required, and must involve policy-makers as well as inhabitants of the Arctic coasts right from the onset. The difference could hardly be greater. In the winter, when the Beaufort Sea is frozen around the Canadian permafrost island of Herschel Island (Qikiqtaruk), the sea water in the sample bottles of the AWI researcher Dr. Michael Fritz looks crystal clear. In summer, however, when the ice floes are melted and the sun and waves start to wear the cliff away, the water sample

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Obama Bans New Drilling off Alaska, Part of Atlantic Shore

areas from mineral leasing and drilling. Environmental groups said that meant Trump's incoming administration would have to go court if it sought to reverse the move.   The ban affects 115 million acres (46.5 million hectares) of federal waters off Alaska in the Chukchi Sea and most of the Beaufort Sea and 3.8 million acres (1.5 million hectares) in the Atlantic from New England to Chesapeake Bay.   Trump, who succeeds Obama on Jan. 20, has said he would expand offshore oil and gas drilling. A recent memo from his energy transition team said his policy could increase production in the

Dr. Ian Jordaan (Credit: James Delgado Collection)

Designing for Ice with Ian Jordaan

started working on several projects with C-CORE. I’ve worked on and off with them ever since, usually on a project basis. I have worked on various aspects of Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose, Hebron and other projects offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. I’ve also worked on projects in the Beaufort Sea, Barents Sea and Caspian Sea.   What are the biggest challenges in providing engineering solutions for industries that are operating in ice-prone waters? The biggest challenges are to get a handle on (1) how to set design criteria, and (2) how to understand ice loads. (1) For design criteria

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