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COVE Welcomes Aboard IBM Canada

as a significant hub for ocean technology, not just in Nova Scotia, but globally.”IBM is one of Canada’s top 10 private R&D investors and last year contributed more than $478 million to Canadian research activities. In September 2018, it was revealed that IBM, along with COVE, Dalhousie University, the Ocean Frontier Institute, the Government of Canada, local industry and the Province of Nova Scotia, were collaborating on the rollout of  DeepSense  – a world class big ocean data innovation environment.“IBM is committed to supporting the development and commercialization

IBM Canada Joins COVE

the ocean business park as a tenant, one of 50 currently in residence.IBM is one of Canada’s top 10 private research and development investors and last year contributed more than $478 million to Canadian research activities. In September 2018, it was revealed that IBM, along with COVE, Dalhousie University, the Ocean Frontier Institute, the Government of Canada, local industry and the Province of Nova Scotia, were collaborating on the rollout of DeepSense – a world class big ocean data innovation environment.“IBM is committed to supporting the development and commercialization of

(Photo: Jude Van Der Meer, Dalhousie University)

Underwater Glider Goes Searching for North Atlantic Right Whales

JASCO Applied Sciences and Teledyne Webb Research have teamed to deploy a Slocum G3 underwater glider fitted with JASCO’s OceanObserver intelligent acoustic monitoring system in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.With the support of Dalhousie University and the Ocean Tracking Network, the glider was deployed September 15 in the Orpheline Channel on a six-week test mission to attempt to detect and record North Atlantic right whales. In 2017, 12 individuals of this endangered species died in the Gulf, likely as a result of ship strikes and entanglements in fishing gear.The 1.5-meter-long Slocum glider is

New Ocean Technology Innovation Center Opened

part of the Canadian economy." Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour.Bringing COVE from concept to reality has involved many partners, including the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE), Waterfront Development, Innovacorp, Nova Scotia Community College, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Business Inc., the Nova Scotia Department of Business, and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.“New and sustainable solutions for regional, national and global ocean challenges are being created right here in Atlantic Canada,” says Dr. Alice Aiken,

Chamber of Marine Commerce Statement on Right Whale Necropsy Results

protect marine wildlife and habitat. The shipping industry reduces speed and alters routes in critical whale habitats, regularly collects important data for scientists and helps test new technology such as the early-warning whale alert system under development by a scientific group being hosted at Dalhousie University. Past measures taken in critical habitat such as the Bay of Fundy in 2003 have reduced the threat of ship strikes to North Atlantic right whales by more than 80 per cent. Ships have also taken voluntary protection measures around Saguenay Fjord and the St. Lawrence Estuary, including

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced the creation of the Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre at the Gulf Fisheries Center in Moncton, N.B. (Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Canada Invests in Marine Science

, we will showcase to Canadians cutting-edge research undertaken by scientists at the Department and in schools, and open a window into the science behind the decisions that affect the health and sustainability of oceans. This agreement draws upon the expertise of many organizations including Dalhousie University and the National Film Board, and exemplifies the collaborative approach undertaken by the Science Enterprise Centers.&rdquo

(Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Deaths of North Atlantic Right Whales Puzzle Scientists

dying in unprecedented numbers, with nine deaths in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence in two months, according to Canadian authorities.   The nine deaths make 2017 the deadliest year for the endangered marine mammal since scientists began tracking their numbers in the 1980s, said Kim Davies, a Dalhousie University post-doctoral fellow who is pioneering a way to track their activity in real time.   There are only about 500 North Atlantic right whales left in the world.   Human activity has caused at least some of this summer's deaths. Three of the whales died from blunt force trauma consistent

The MTS/IEEE OCEANS’17 Aberdeen Student Poster Competition (SPC) award winners, from left to right: Faye Campbell (Conference LOC SPC Chair), Bilal Wehbe (Second Place), Klemen Istenic (First Place), Habib Mirhedayati Rouds (Third Place), and Dr. Philippe Courmontagne (IEEE OES SPC Chair). (Photo courtesy IEEE OES)

60th OCEANS Conference Held in Aberdeen

Student Poster Competition (SPC) was also part of the OCEANS Aberdeen conference. The winners of this year’s competition were Klemen Istenic from the University of Girona (First Place), Bilal Wehbe from the DFKI Robotics Innovation Center (Second Place) and Habib Mirhedayati Rouds from Dalhousie University (Third Place). The winners of the SPC receive $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 prizes, respectively, and all 20 competitors’ travel expenses are paid for with funding from competition sponsors U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR), MTS and OES.  

Jim Hanlon (Photo: Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise)

Atlantic Canada: Where the World’s Subsea Technology Grows

design and manufacturing operations in Canada and the largest electronics product design company in Atlantic Canada.   Hanlon’s personal passion is innovation and its impact on the competitiveness of Canadian industry. Jim is a proud alumnus of the Nova Scotia Technical College (now Dalhousie University Faculty of Engineering) with a degree in electrical engineering. He also has an MBA in marketing from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax and is a registered professional engineer in Nova Scotia.     (As published in the January/February 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

FAST-1 recovered by Dominion Victory (Image: FORCE)

New Site Data Collected for Fundy Tidal Project

(Wolfville, NS) – fish distribution analysis; acoustic sensor work blue C designs (Halifax, NS) – custom onboard orientation technology with acoustic interrogation design CulOcean Consulting (Halifax, NS) – hydrodynamics (currents, turbulence, and wave) analysis Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS) – sediment analysis Dalhousie University, (Halifax, NS), Memorial University (St. John’s, NL) – acoustic Doppler instrumentation innovation (the Vectron) Dominion Diving (Dartmouth, NS) – project component mobilization and assembly Dynamic

Mooring Research Makes Waves with EcoSPRAY Tidal Platform

The project is led by Dr. Richard Karsten of Acadia University and focuses on tidal energy site assessment using numerical models and innovative oceanographic monitoring methods. Key project partners include:   Acadia University Dynamic Systems Analysis Ltd. Fundy Tidal Inc. Dalhousie University University of New Brunswick   Tidal power generation projects are developed to effectively harness high-energy tidal flows while targeting cost-effective maintenance and minimal environmental impact. It is important to understand the effects of wind, current, and waves on dynamic

A shipping vessel navigates Canada’s Arctic waters. The MEOPAR network and Irving Shipbuilding announced $1.8 million in funding to support nine ocean research initiatives, including three projects to ensure safer, more culturally sensitive shipping and improved emergency response abilities in Canada’s Arctic. (Photo: Irving Shipbuilding)

MEOPAR, Irving Shipbuilding Support Ocean Research

of Marine Pollution - Casey Hubert, University of Calgary Continuous Assessment of Plankton Abundance and Community Structure in Canadian Coastal Waters with a Novel, Flow-Through, High-Throughput Holographic Microscope Operated on Volunteer Observing Ships - Julie Laroche, Dalhousie University Monitoring Marine Plastics in Canada’s North - Max Liboiron, Memorial University of Newfoundland Safer Shipping through Summer Sea Ice: New Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Based Tools for Monitoring and Predicting Sea Ice Conditions - Randy Scharien, University of

MRT100: Rockland Scientific Inc.

instrumentation for oceanographic research. In 2015 RSI was selected to lead one of two projects, selected for funding through a joint research competition managed by U.K. and Canada not-for-profit research groups and government funded business and innovation accelerators. In partnership with Dalhousie University, Black Rock Tidal, FloWave TT, European Marine Energy Centre, and Ocean Array Systems, Rockland Scientific will develop a new sensor system to measure the impact of turbulence on tidal devices. Rockland Scientific offers a wide range of turbulence measurement systems for operation in the

Partnership Seeks New Tidal Sensor Technologies

to collaborating with our partners to gain a deeper understanding of the marine environment in the Bay of Fundy, and help set the table for safe and responsible tidal power generation.”   The second project is led by British Columbia-based Rockland Scientific, in partnership with Dalhousie University and Black Rock Tidal, along with United Kingdom-based FloWave TT, European Marine Energy Centre, and Ocean Array Systems. Rockland Scientific and its partners will develop a new sensor system to measure the impact of turbulence on tidal devices. Project results will be used to improve turbine

I can see clearly now ... Via Resolution Optics

submersible microscope will soon be getting a closer look as an instrument suited to a variety of applications. Resolution Optics, incorporated in 2009, has developed the submersible microscope that can be used down to a depth of 6,000m. “The company came out of the physics department at Dalhousie University (Halifax) and its two founders, Dr. Manfred Jericho and Dr. Juergen Kreuzer are both world renowned experts in the field of holographic microscopy,” said Dr. Stephen Jones, CEO. Dr. Kreuzer developed the algorithm that allows for fast and accurate reconstruction of holographic images

Schillinger Joins RBR

RBR added Douglas Schillinger to its sales team.  Schillinger joins as RBRs Scientific Sales Representative for Atlantic Canada and East Coast US region.  Having spent the past 13 years working both for the Ocean Acoustic Lab at Dalhousie University and as a private consultant, Schillinger brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Schillinger obtained his M Sc. from Memorial University, studying ambient sound in the ocean generated by wind and precipitation; over his career he has worked as a research assistant, project manager and research associate on a range of topics including

MacArtney Steps Up System Sales Capacity

specialist ocean science team at the Group headquarters in Denmark. Ole holds a Ph.D. in physical geography (2001) from the University of Copenhagen, written on the topic of suspended sediment dynamics in coastal waters. He has spent three years as a post doc at the Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University and Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Halifax, Canada. Here, his work has focused on the development and deployment of an instrumented tripod - INSSECT - for sediment transport studies in the Adriatic Sea and the Nova Scotia Shelf. After finishing his post doc, Ole took a position as research

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