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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

; 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 de Janeiro; Canada’s McGill University, University of British Columbia and University

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OSIL Supply US Antarctic Program with Multi Corer

Global seabed sampling experts Ocean Scientific International Ltd delivered a 12-station Multiple Corer to Colorado-based ASC, the support contractor to the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), for use in Antarctic waters.The corer will be deployed by upcoming projects in the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration, a joint project of the U.K.’s Natural Environment Research Council and NSF’s Office of Polar Programs, which manages the U.S. Antarctic Program.The corer will be used to investigate the role of the Southern Ocean biological pump in regulating atmospheric carbon dioxide

Ocean Infinity’s AUVs being prepared to autonomously map the ocean floor, aboard Seabed Constructor (Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Ocean Infinity Donates Data to Seabed Mapping Project

power of crowdsourced data as a tool to empower all those who use our oceans to contribute to science, Seabed 2030 has been requesting donors to deposit their data with the International Hydrographic Organization’s (IHO) Data Centre for Digital Bathymetry (DCDB), a digital repository in Boulder, Colorado in the U.S. “As the recognized archive for global bathymetry, we’re excited to be a part of this international effort to map our oceans by continuing to provide access to the world’s largest collection of digital bathymetry,” said Jennifer Jencks, Director of the IHO DCDB

Zurquiyah Named CEO of CGG

positions ranging from business, operations, functional to technology, based in France, the U.S. and Brazil. She is a graduate from École Centrale de Paris, holds a master in Numerical analysis from the University of Paris VI (UPMC) and a master in Aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado

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USS Colorado Commissioned

 Colorado is the first submarine to bear the name and third vessel to be named for the state and was brought to life by her sponsor, Annie Maybus Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.    "To the crew of USS Colorado, this is your day" said Mabus, addressing the crowd and ship's company during the ceremony. "The commissioning crew truly does bring life to the boat. The pride I feel for the crew of this boat knows no bounds."    As the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, the submarine can operate in both

Lt. Anthony Matus uses an XBox controller to maneuver the photonic mast aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit Colorado (SSN 788). Colorado is the 15th Virginia-class attack submarine and is scheduled to be commissioned March 17, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffrey M. Richardson

US Navy to Commission Submarine USS Colorado

The U.S. Navy will commission its newest fast attack submarine, the future USS Colorado (SSN 788), during a ceremony Saturday, March 17, at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. The principal speaker will be U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado. Annie Mabus, daughter of 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, she will give the order to “man our ship and bring her to life!” “USS Colorado is a true marvel of technology and innovation, and it shows the capability that our industrial partners bring to

Sailors render a salute during the commissioning ceremony for the Virginia Class Submarine USS Washington (SSN 787) at Naval Station Norfolk. Washington is the U.S. Navy's 14th Virginia-class attack submarine and the fourth U.S. Navy ship named for the State of Washington. (U.S. Navy photo by Class Joshua M. Tolbert)

USS Washington Commissioned

; however, combine the two, and, together, we are the Blackfish."   Washington is the fourth U.S. Navy ship, and first submarine, to be named honoring the State of Washington. The previous three ships were an armored cruiser, (ACR 11), which served from 1905 to 1916, the battleship (BB 47) a Colorado-class battleship launched in 1921 and sunk as a gunnery target in 1924 after her construction was halted, and the battleship (BB 56) credited with sinking more enemy tonnage than any other U.S. Navy battleship during World War II, serving from 1941 to 1947.   Washington is a flexible, multi-missio

General Dynamics Delivers Submarine Colorado

General Dynamics Electric Boat delivered the nuclear-powered attack submarine Colorado (SSN 788) to the U.S. Navy.   The 15th ship of the Virginia Class, Colorado is the fifth of the eight-ship group known as Block III. According to the builder, these ships embody a Navy and industry commitment to reduce costs while increasing capabilities through an initiative comprising a multi-year procurement strategy, improvements in construction practices and the Design For Affordability (DFA) program.   “This delivery demonstrates the skill and commitment of everyone involved in the Virginia-c

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JW Fishers’ ROVs Used for Tank Inspection Services

ice which proved to be much safer than sending a diver into the frigid waters.    A few of the many other agencies using JW Fishers search equipment are the FBI, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Underwater Recovery Team, Search & Rescue Society of British Columbia, Summit County Sheriff in Colorado, New Orleans Police Department, Delaware State Police, Oxnard Fire Department in California, Grand Prairie Fire Department in Texas, the Dubai Police, and Indonesia's National Search & Rescue Agency

James Espino (Photo: Gnostech)

Gnostech President Takes Controlling Ownership

. Originally a GPS applied engineering company, Gnostech’s expertise has grown to include cyber security, software development and systems engineering within the C4ISR domain. Today, it has more than 70 employees, and serves its customers in the metro Philadelphia area, Washington D.C. area, Colorado Springs and San Diego. Espino’s acquisition of Gnostech classifies the company as a small business based on applicable Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards including the North American Industry Classification (NAICS) Code for Engineering Services (541330). In addition, Espino&rsquo

Using a new method to distinguish fresh water from oil or salt water, scientists are exploring beneath the continental shelf off New England to look for large pockets of trapped fresh water. This water may be continually filling from groundwater flowing from land or, alternatively, may have been left behind by ice-age glaciers. (Image: Eric S. Taylor, WHOI Graphic Services)

Fresh Water below the Seafloor?

drill water samples hundreds of feet below the shelf off Martha’s Vineyard to prove that subsea freshwater deposits are there and to determine their sources. That drilling proposal has been led by Mark Person, a hydrologist at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and Brandon Dugan at the Colorado School of Mines.   “I’d argue that these freshwater reserves ultimately could be tapped and be a resource,” Evans said. “If they are isolated deposits of fossil glacial fresh water, they’d be gone once tapped. But if they are connected to terrestrial aquifers

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Emerson Launches Salinity Measurement System

of ± 0,004 S/m. Small pockets of formation water leaking into the flow can therefore be detected instantaneously rather than in hours and days - something that no other technology has achieved to date.   Emerson said it conducted extensive testing of the new system internally and at the Colorado Experience Engineering Station (CEESI) in the U.S. based on a operator’s specifications. In all cases, the system was found to have the levels of accuracy and sensitivity required. 

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Fishers Equipment Helps Locate Weapons and Explosives

assist public safety divers in finding weapons, shell casings, stolen objects, and explosive devices. UMD are so effective, and their use has become so widespread, that agencies training public safety divers are developing courses on how to best utilize these devices. Dive Rescue International in Colorado and Lifeguard Systems in New York offer courses in aquatic preparedness to ensure public safety dive teams respond effectively to water incident scenes. Their instructors combine knowledge with experience in the use of state of the equipment. The detectors both companies are using in their evidence

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Arctic Ice Sets New Record Low for Winter

March after a deep freeze in the winter polar darkness and shrinks to the smallest of the year in September, at the end of the brief Arctic summer.   Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual maximum extent on March 7, the lowest maximum in the 38-year satellite record, according to the Colorado-based U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center.   On that date, the ice covered 14.42 million square kilometres (5.57 million square miles),97,000 square kilometres below the previous lowest maximum that occurred on Feb. 25, 2015.   The trend of shrinking ice around the North Pole in

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The Big Melt in World Ocean Ice Record

 Sea ice extent in both the northern and southern hemisphere was at record low levels for the month of January 2017.   Last month set a record for the lowest sea-ice extent for the month, falling below the record set last year, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), a Colorado-based research outfit.    Arctic sea ice this January averaged 5.17 million square miles, the lowest for the month in the 38-year sea ice record.     "Greenhouse gases emitted through human activities and the resulting increase in global mean temperatures are the most

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Polar Sea Ice the Size of India Vanishes in Record Heat

greenhouse gases, an El Nino weather event that this year unlocked heat from the Pacific Ocean and freak natural swings may all be contributing.   "There are some really crazy things going on," said Mark Serreze, director of the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, saying temperatures in parts of the Arctic were 20 degrees Celsius (36°F) above normal some days in November.   Worldwide, this year is on track to be the warmest on record.   Combined, the extent of polar sea ice on Dec. 4 was about 3.84 million square kilometers (1.48 million

A May 21, 2016 satellite view of the Beaufort Sea off the coast of Alaska and Canada shows highly fragmented sea ice. Source: LANCE System/NASA/GSFC via National Snow and Ice Data Center

Arctic Sea Ice Sheds Weight in May

 Arctic sea ice hit a record low in May 2016 as scientists discovered the first-ever link between melting ice in Greenland and a phenomenon known to warm the area faster than the rest of the Northern Hemisphere.   According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, sea ice extent across the Arctic was 4.63 million square miles, which was an astonishing 224,000 square miles below the previous record low for the month of May, set in 2004.    Data published by the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) this week showed average sea ice extent

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