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Seals float on ice recently calved from a nearby glacier in the waters close to Whittier, Alaska, June 2023. (Image credit: Sarah Tucker, NOAA)

US Invests $1 Million in Advancing Arctic Data Management

change,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “The Arctic region, which is warming faster than anywhere in our nation, demands immediate action. As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, this funding will provide communities with data and tools to make informed decisions that can build climate resilience and strengthen our economy and national security."This investment builds on NOAA’s expertise and longtime support for Arctic research. The imminent release of NOAA’s 18th Arctic Report Card underscores this commitment. The Arctic Report Card will

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HAV Group Set to Acquire Undheim Systems, Adding DP Capabilities

Group ASA has agreed to acquire Undheim Systems AS, a provider of dynamic positioning (DP) systems for vessels."The planned technology acquisition is a strategic move that accelerates HAV Group's plans to offer digital functionality that meets the global maritime market's needs for decision support tools and autonomous ship operations," HAV Group said.“HAV Group already provides digital decision support systems to vessels in order to cut operating expenditure and emissions to air. By adding DP capabilities to our product portfolio, we will be able to provide an even more complete

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Brennan Named Director of NOAA’s National Hurricane Center

and media partners, and I look forward to the great things ahead at NHC under his leadership.”“I am honored and humbled to work with the talented staff at the National Hurricane Center at a time when we are making exciting advancements in hurricane forecasts and developing new decision support tools to improve community resilience to powerful hurricanes and tropical storms,” said Brennan. “Along with our colleagues across the National Weather Service and NOAA, we’re working to improve community safety through clear communication on the various hazards posed by these

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Wintershall Noordzee Deploys Wärtsilä Software to Boost Offshore Safety

the offshore platforms and vessels in their vicinity. It works by providing remote access to Automatic Identification System (AIS) or Vessel traffic Service (VTS) data sources to maintain constant and full situational awareness, using a standard internet browser. "The WebVTS decision support tools effectively mitigate potential marine hazards and risks. The application also supports navigational maps, traffic management tools, ship history, and works in various languages," Wärtsilä says.Manué Gerrits, Central Control Room Supervisor with Wintershall Noordzee said:

AIS Data: History & Future

approximately 60,000 vessels.  The combined data is available in several different formats to participating governments and federal agencies.  NOAA and BOEM jointly manage, a Geographic Information System (GIS)-based marine data viewer and repository that provides decision support tools for siting of offshore energy development, aquaculture, and other activities.Because AIS data is stored on the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECIS) devices carried on most vessels engaged in international commerce, it has become the go-to location for marine casualty investigator

Anti-Submarine Warfare: Unmanned Future

for military digital underwater communications networks, which is actually a critical enabling capability across all the maritime warfare domains; and (3) the Decision Support project. This final project is where we engage in ASW operations research and analysis to develop candidate tactics and decision support tools for both human operators and robots,” explains LePage.   After years of research and development in unmanned ASW networks, CRME has come across several technological hurdles that still need to be surmounted, such as the development sufficiently effective autonomous sensing, processing

Development on BWM highlights - IMO's R&D Forum

organisms and pathogens are removed or rendered harmless before the ballast water is released into a new location.    The participants highlighted the need for further research, in particularly for compliance and monitoring, alternative treatment methods and risk assessment based decision support tools. Mr Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport of Canada, opened the Forum.  IMO’s Stefan Micallef, Director, Marine Environment Division, stated in his opening remarks that the Ballast Water Management Convention needed to enter into force for effective implementation of its provisions

Point 97 Debuts New Technologies and Mobile Solutions

digital data gathering tools, putting them directly into the hands of the people who historically haven’t had access to that collected information, like fishermen, or tribes. “The Point 97 team brings creativity and passion to push the frontier for ocean planning and management decision support tools,” said Jay Odell of the Nature Conservancy. “In partnership with us and others, Point 97 is creating state of the art ocean data visualization and analysis tools that are powerful, easy to drive, and well-tuned to serve local needs. Together we are helping ocean managers connect

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