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Airborne Hyperspectral Survey, Mineral Mapping in Greenland

ASL Environmental Sciences (ASL) in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada has, following a tender process, entered into a contract with the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Government of Greenland. Under this contract ASL will process and analyze a large amount of airborne hyperspectral data in order to produce mineral maps for the Gardar Province in south Greenland.Hyperspectral remote sensing (also referred to as imaging spectroscopy) provides image data recorded in a large number of wavelengths, many outside of the human visual range.  The image data can be used in the same fashion as a

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New Handheld Control Pendant for ROV Navigation

Operators of SEAMOR Marine remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) will be excited about the newest release by the British Columbia-based company. Starting this fall, an all new Handheld Control Pendant will be available to pair with SEAMOR ROVs.The SEAMOR pendant is ergonomic, lightweight, easy to use, and more comfortable for pilots who are undertaking long jobs. SEAMOR Marine wanted to give users the option to step away from the console when needed while still being able to control the vehicle, particularly during launch and retrieval of the ROV, or when using an alternate display when navigating via

Solus-LR AUV (Photo: Cellula Robotics)

Solus-LR AUV Ready for Testing

of the Department of National Defence’s (DND) science and technology organization, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), under the All Domain Situational Awareness (ADSA) Science & Technology (S&T) Program.  Sea trials and a capabilities demonstration in Indian Arm, British Columbia are expected to conclude by April 2020

Fetch AZA is a self-calibrating long-life subsea sensor logging node that enables data to be wirelessly extracted via its integrated high speed acoustic modem with a battery life option of up to 10 years. (Photo: D. Chadwell, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (Webb/Chadwell/Nooner US NSF GeoPRISMS project))

Canada's New Observatory Uses 'Seafloor GPS'

Subduction Zone. Moreover, Sonardyne’s Fetch technology will allow for world-class research in the geodynamics of subduction zones and major technological advances in the rapidly emerging field of seafloor geodesy.”The project is supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund, and Natural Resources Canada

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SEAMOR: ROV to Last Ice Project in Canada

Mako is SEAMOR's larger vehicle can support a payload of up to 50 pounds (22.5 kg), and the Steelhead, which can dive to 1,000 feet (300 meters), is the most compact vehicle in the line. These ROVs are designed and manufactured in Canada by SEAMOR Marine Ltd. at their home offices in Nanaimo, British Columbia.SEAMOR ROVs have been used for marine research and inspections across the world. Our ROVs have also conducted geological research in the antarctic, ancient sea basins, and in the open ocean. We have also collaborated with other researchers too, including NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, and

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Regulator: Expand Pipeline, Protect Killer Whales

to mitigate harm to Pacific Ocean killer whales and the environment.The pipeline is in the national interest as it will create jobs and give Canadian oil access to more markets, the NEB said in a report. But expanding it is likely to significantly harm the killer whale population off the coast of British Columbia and increase greenhouse gas emissions from ships, the board said in its report.It made 16 new recommendations, ranging from offsetting increased underwater noise to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships. The recommendations are outside of the NEB's authority to impose, and constitute

Study: Sunflower Sea Star Population in Peril

;s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. “It’s a lethal disease, and when you add a higher temperature to that, it kills faster, causing a bigger impact.”Thousands of sunflower sea stars swarm Croker Rock near Croker Island, located in the Indian Arm fjord, north of Vancouver, British Columbia, on Oct. 9, 2013. Three weeks later, in the second photo, the sea stars have vanished. Credit: Neil McDanielFisheries depend on nearshore kelp forests to form a healthy environment for fish and the broader oceanic ecosystem. With the demise of sunflower sea stars, sea urchin populations in some

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Arctic Rays Chooses GTS as West Coast Rep

Arctic Rays LLC, an underwater technology specialist in the design and manufacturing of high-performance lights, cameras and sub-sea equipment, has announced GTS Consulting as the company’s west coast representative. The territory for GTS Consulting on behalf of Arctic Rays includes California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

Bute Inlet bathymetry. Image: ASL

MUD: The Next Generation in Acoustic Backscatter Measurements

. ASL's echosounders are designed for autonomous deployments, with small size and low power draw.In May 2018, Dr. Gwyn Lintern of NRCan, in collaboration with university researchers, deployed a three frequency (200 kHz, 769 kHz, 1250 kHz) MUD in Bute Inlet, one of the principal inlets of the British Columbia coast. This site was selected due to its large number of seasonal turbidity flows. The timing of the deployment coincided with the spring freshet, a time where turbulent suspension of sediments was likely. On May 15th a turbidity flow event was detected by the MUD. All three frequencies clearly

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Long Range UUV to Feature Fuel Cell Power

and lessons learned from the previously announced fuel cell and suction anchor phases will be further developed and implemented in this project.The design phase will continue into early 2019 followed by the build and factory testing. Sea trials and a capabilities demonstration in Indian Arm, British Columbia, will be concluded by April 2020

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