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Phoenix Opens New Florida Office

Underwater solutions provider Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. said it has relocated its Florida office to accommodate company growth and ongoing support of underwater ship husbandry clientele.At 11,000 square feet, the new facility in Davie is twice as large as the company's previous one, offering ample parking and upgraded conference rooms and offices, it said.“We have been looking for a new location for quite some time now,” said David Lamon, Phoenix Florida Area Manager. “We needed the additional space and functionality of a larger building, which was critical to continuing

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US Still Processing Atlantic Seismic Permits

.Five companies received a first round of permits last year when the fisheries office of the National Oceanic and Atmoshperic Administration issued permits that would allow for the incidental harassment of marine mammals with air gun blasts in a region of the Atlantic from Delaware to Cape Canaveral, Florida.The last time seismic surveys were completed in the Atlantic was in the 1980s. The Obama administration banned seismic testing permits there in 2016 after it removed the Atlantic coasts from drilling in its five-year OCS proposal.Gail Adams-Jackson, spokeswoman for the International Association

A Timelapse of EagleRay Transitioning from Sea to Sky (Credit NCSU)

Drones for Coastal Enviro Management

day of the workshop featured field demonstrations of three types of UAS: quadcopter, fixed wing, and hexacopter.The second and third days were panel sessions with presentations covering topics such as:• Drones to survey habitats• Drones for harmful algal bloom (HAB) detection and monitoring in Florida• Drones as a tool for surveying tidal marshes at three sites on the East Coast, Gulf Coast, and West Coast• Using drones for coastal/offshore transects and other research in Monterey Bay• Development of drones that operate in the air and sea environmentsWells National Estuarine Research

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Nine US States Seek to Stop Atlantic Seismic Testing

fisheries office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, part of the Commerce Department, issued permits to WesternGeco LLC, a subsidiary of Schlumberger Ltd, and CGG to harass, but not kill, marine mammals with air gun blasts in a region of the Atlantic from Delaware to Cape Canaveral, Florida.Jennie Lyons, a spokeswoman at the fisheries office declined to comment on the lawsuit but said the department only authorized harrasment, not outight killing, of the marine animals in issuing the permits. A marine biologist at the office told reporters last month that no seismic tests have been

Gulf of Mexico Sea-surface altitude indicating surface current speed (Image: Louisiana State University / NOAA)

New Research on Gulf of Mexico Loop Current

observations identified in the NASEM report as short-term needs to assist with the long-term research campaign:Dry Tortugas and Lower Keys High Frequency RadarsThis project will procure, install, and operate high frequency radar systems to measure surface currents at three locations in the Straits of Florida region of the Gulf of Mexico: Fort Jefferson/Dry Tortugas National Park, Key West, and Marathon. Data from the systems will provide new, real-time data for model assimilation and validation to better understand the evolution of the LCS. Award Amount: $1,371,027Project Director: Clifford Merz (University

Fig. 1: Teledyne RDI ADCP attached to a hydrographic package before lowering to great depths. Credit: J. Lemus (U. Hawaii). https://goo.gl/VfvYn1

Full-Depth Current Profiling Around the Global Ocean

boundary current. Thus scientists can calculate more accurate transports from moored data. At 53°N, the boundary current was 120 km wide and had stable spatial structure. The volume of deep water exported southward was 30 million cubic meters per second—about the same as transport through the Florida Straits to supply the Gulf Stream.Fig. 6: Hydrographic package with dual Teledyne RDI ADCPs (yellow) in action off Greenland. Credit: C. Nobre (WHOI). https://goo.gl/HJLq5mOcean-Wide SectionsAn ongoing multi-year, international research initiative is titled Overturning in the Subpolar N. Atlantic

The U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division’s South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Aids US Navy Underwater Vehicle Testing

.Located in Maryland, Carderock Division is the U.S. Navy's research, engineering, modelling and test center for surface and undersea technologies. It is the largest, most comprehensive establishment of its kind in the world. Thanks to its proximity to the Gulf Stream, Carderock’s South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) provides a demanding open ocean test environment for subsea systems and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) in development for both the Navy and wider maritime industry.To support this work, Carderock Division has ordered Sonardyne’s high accuracy Ranger

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New ASV Delivered for Post-hurricane Surveying

;s 3.6-meter, collapsible ASV will allow rapid deployment and completion of the hydrographic surveys necessary to reopen infrastructure enabling delivery of life saving goods and services.“SeaRobotics is pleased to participate in improved disaster recovery efforts implemented by the USACE. As a Florida company, we are directly impacted by the need for rapid hurricane response and thrilled to be involved in the solution,” stated Don Darling, president of SeaRobotics Corporation.  The 3.6-meter ASV utilizes collapsible hulls, allowing transport in compact protective crates so the system


Inside research tank of University of Miami SUSTAIN laboratory (Photo: University of Miami)

University of Miami’s Hurricane Research is Helping Save Lives

, over 1500 people lost their lives to the storm surges, which reached up to 26 feet (8 meters) above normal sea level.In the same year, Hurricane Wilma surprised everybody when it powered up from a Category 2 to a Category 5 hurricane in a matter of hours.Then when Hurricane Irma headed towards south Florida last fall, millions of people – including Haus – fled from the oncoming winds and storm surges that were forecast to reach over 4 meters in some areas. Unlike Katrina and Wilma, Irma weakened, and storm surges in many places were less than anticipated.The power of a hurricaneStorms,

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5 Minutes with Mike Read, President, Teledyne Marine

through customer insight and innovation, providing information to the right people at the right time to ensure that optimal decisions are made with regard to new product development. We have Technology Centers of Excellence located around the world including an Interconnect Center of Excellence in Florida, an Acoustic Imaging Center of Excellence in Denmark, and an Unmanned Vehicles/Platform Integration Center of Excellence in Massachusetts. Teledyne Marine also benefits significantly from a close relationship with Teledyne Scientific, an internally funded Research & Development Center located

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

; Montana State University; 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

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