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Hurricane Dorian races toward Florida

Hurricane Dorian is moving quickly through the Caribbean and heavy rains are expected in the Bahamas, Florida and the southeastof the US. this weekend, the National Weather Service has said. The National Hurricane Center said that Dorian’s winds currently have speeds of about 80 miles per hour and that the storm is moving northwest at 13 miles per hour and that the Category 1 hurricane could grow in strength to a major Category 3 storm before it potentially reaches Florida.Dorian is still moving away from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and hurricane warnings and watches for those areas have

USN: Knifefish UUV Program Achieves Milestone

mission requirements. Planned block upgrades will improve its sensors and automated target recognition software to keep pace with mine threats.Formal Developmental Testing and an Operational Assessment were conducted from January through May 2019 in multiple locations off the coasts of Massachusetts and Florida. The Knifefish tests involved end-to-end operational minehunting missions against a deployed, simulated target field.Operations performed by fleet Sailors during Developmental Testing and Operational Assessment included mission planning, launching and recovering the system, monitoring the sorties

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Fernandina Terminal to Use Octopi TOS

Worldwide Terminals Fernandina (WTF) will implement Octopi, the cloud-based TOS from Navis, part of Cargotec CorporationPort of Fernandina in Northeastern Florida, operated by WTF, has agreed to implement Octopi’s software-as-a-service TOS.Worldwide will run Octopi TOS to help the terminal effectively monitor, manage and improve operations at the site in real-time.Octopi TOS is lightweight and designed to improve vessel planning and gate operations at small-to-medium terminals.Currently handling two mid-size container lines and 300,000 tons of breakbulk cargo annually, Worldwide is located 2

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Currents Not Linked to New England Sea Level

decades, satellite imagery has given scientists a record of movement at the ocean’s surface, but has been unable to detect currents below the surface. Starting in 2004, however, an international team of scientists began maintaining a chain of instruments that stretch across the Atlantic between Florida and Morocco. The instruments, which are collectively called the RAPID array, hold a variety of sensors that measure currents, salinity and temperature.“RAPID doesn’t resolve the details of every individual current along the way, but it does give us the sum total of the ocean’s

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

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