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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

over to six panellists who will each deliver a short presentation 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

Participants at The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project regional mapping meeting for the Atlantic and Indian Oceans gathered in Palisades, New York. (Photo: The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed)

First Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project Meeting

The first Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project regional mapping meeting for the Atlantic and Indian Oceans took place this month at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. The meeting in Palisades, NY, was chaired by Dr Vicki Ferrini, who leads the Seabed 2030 Atlantic and Indian Ocean Regional Data Center.  In order to better raise awareness of complementary mapping efforts in the region, the session was coordinated to coincide with a US Federal Agency Working Group on Coastal and Ocean Mapping, as well as a meeting of the leads of the Atlantic Ocean Research

Participants at the first Arctic, Antarctic & North Pacific mapping meeting for The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, held at Stockholm University, October 8-10 (Image: The Nippon Foundation / GEBCO)

Seabed 2030 Meeting Held in Stockholm

between four RDACCs. These centers are located at The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Germany, covering the Southern Ocean; The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Wellington, New Zealand, covering the South and West Pacific Ocean; The Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, U.S., covering the Atlantic and Indian Oceans; and Stockholm University, Sweden, in partnership with the University of New Hampshire, U.S., for the Arctic and North Pacific Ocean. Regional products are fed to the Global Data and Coordination Center hosted at the British Oceanographic Center

UC3 Nautilus in 2008 (File photo: Frumperino)

Danish Man Gets Life for Murdering Journalist on His Submarine

had been found on Madsen’s computer in a laboratory he ran.Wall was a freelance journalist whose work had appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Time, the New York Times, the Atlantic Magazine, the Guardian, Foreign Policy and the South China Morning Post.She held degrees from New York’s Columbia University and the London School of Economics and had written about topics ranging from gender and social justice to pop culture and foreign policy, according to her LinkedIn profile.“He Brought Coffee and Cookies”Wall had been writing an article for the U.S. magazine Wired on Madsen&rsquo

Photo: Dan Shugar

Case Study: Mapping a Glacial Landslide

; In October of 2015, a massive landslide was detected at Tyndall glacier in southeast Alaska, sending an estimated 145 million tons of valley wall into Taan Fiord. The landslide’s significant mass created a seismic signature that was detected by seismologists thousands of miles away at Columbia University in New York. Taan Fiord is an arm of Icy Bay in southeast Alaska. Over thousands of years, Tyndall Glacier eroded the valley walls creating very steep sidewalls. Over the past several decades, Tyndall Glacier has retreated, no longer supporting those sidewalls. The steepening and then debuttressing

BOEM-funded Hurricane Sandy initiative is creating a new inventory of potential offshore sediment resources in federal waters in the Atlantic. Photo Lamont-Doherty

BOEM and Atlantic Sand Assessment Project

, Florida, to Massachusetts beginning in 2015. The core analysis provides important information on thickness of sediment layers, composition of sediment layers, organic material content, and overall compatibility with beach sands.  LDEO is a world-renown earth sciences institution located at Columbia University’s campus in Palisades, N.Y. The Lamont-Doherty Core Repository, established nearly 70 years ago, contains one of the world’s most important and unique collections of scientific samples from the deep sea. The dedication and tour will include remarks by Renee Orr, Chief of BOEM&rsquo

A 2012 satellite image shows a dust storm blowing over the Sea of Japan out to the North Pacific. (Image: NASA)

How Do Desert Storms Affect Ocean Phytoplankton?

winds sweep these particles as far as the Pacific, where dust ultimately settles in the open ocean. This desert dust contains, among other minerals, iron — an essential nutrient for hundreds of species of phytoplankton that make up the ocean’s food base.   Now scientists at MIT, Columbia University and Florida State University have determined that once iron is deposited in the ocean, it has a very short residence time, spending only six months in surface waters before sinking into the deep ocean. This high turnover of iron signals that large seasonal changes in desert dust may have dramatic

The high diversity of phytoplankton has puzzled biological oceanographers for a long time. There are over 200,000 species of of these tiny marine plants that use sunlight and nutrients to grow and reproduce at the ocean's surface. (Courtesy of Samantha DeCuollo,University of Rhode Island)

Coexisting in a Sea of Competition

, and all of those species of microscopic marine plants that form the base of the marine food web need the same basic resources to grow—light and nutrients.   A study by a team of scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), University of Rhode Island (URI), and Columbia University, published April 13 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals how species of diatoms—one of the several major types of marine phytoplankton—use resources in different ways to coexist in the same community.   "The diversity of phytoplankton has puzzled

R/V Marcus G. Langseth

Webinar to Exhibit R/V Langseth

intend to participate in the webinar live must register at: The webinar will be presented by  Sean Higgins, Director - Office of Marine Operations, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. The R/V Marcus G. Langseth is operated by Columbia University on behalf of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Office of Marine Operations (OMO) located at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (L-DEO) manages the Langseth facility. The Langseth is a global class vessel that provides a unique 3D and 2D multi-channel seismic (MCS) imaging and general

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