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Near the Bear Island, in the Svalbard archipelago, the INBIS channel kept its unique submarine relief during the Last Glacial Maximum (image: José Luis Casamor (GRC Marine Geosciences /University of Barcelona)

Researchers Study Unique Arctic Channel

has been shaped by the action of several geological processes in polar margins. The gullies are the main topographic structures “that enabled the geological reconstruction of INBIS channel,” noted Leonardo Rui, member of the Trieste National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS) and first author of the study.“In particular,” Rui continued, “the structure and some traits of these formations –for instance, ratio between dimensions and incision depth- help understanding the possible formation mechanisms and the differentiation between gully-dominated

Figure 0 1 Survey Area in Bjørnafjord mapped with AUV and small vessel (Credit: DOF Subsea)

Catamaran and AUV Complete Joint Survey

contract for The Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Statens Vegvesen (SVV), to perform geophysical mapping of a 5km2 area in Bjørnafjord in Norway. The project was executed using the Hugin AUV Chercheur manufactured by Kongsberg Maritime and owned and operated by Canadian company Ocean Floor Geophysics Inc. (OFG) in combination with the small survey catamaran GeoCat owned by DOF Subsea Norway AS.The aim of the work was to obtain the necessary basis for engineering design services for a bridge over Bjørnafjord in connection with the Ferry Free E39 project. The assignment included high-quality

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

Seabed 2030 technical track, OiA ‘19’s ample conference schedule will encompass other detailed tracks on topics including Ocean ICT; Unmanned Vehicles, Vessels and Robotics; Observation and Sensing; Marine Pollution and Environmental Stressors; Navigation and Positioning; and Hydrography, Geophysics and Geotechnics. Meanwhile, on Monday, 25 February 2019, the one-day Ocean Futures Forum will draw upon the combined experience and acumen of business heads and senior strategists to examine compelling technological concerns for the future of a sustainable Blue Economy.This will be followed in

OiA ’19 Conference Chairman, Ralph Rayner, on stage at Catch The Next Wave in San Diego in 2017. Photo: Oceanology International

Oi Americas Set for San Diego

Research Institute (MBARI).Of central importance to the conference schedule will be a string of technical tracks running across all three days of OiA ’19 and training a spotlight on the topics of Ocean ICT; Unmanned Vehicles, Vessels & Robotics; Observation & Sensing; Hydrography, Geophysics & Geotechnics; Navigation & Positioning; and Marine Pollution & Environmental Stressors. Within these capsule headings, dedicated sessions will go into facets of each subject in detail, providing attendees with the most comprehensive understanding possible, within the allocated times

Walter Munk, 2017 (Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego)

Walter Munk: 1917-2019

his research yielded, but in the quality and diversity of the questions he considered. An ethos he expressed throughout his career was for scientists to take risks, pursue new directions, and embrace the educational value of failure.“Walter Munk has been a world treasure for ocean science and geophysics,” said Scripps Oceanography Director Margaret Leinen. “He has been a guiding force, a stimulating force, a provocative force in science for 80 years. While one of the most distinguished and honored scientists in the world, Walter never rested on his accomplishments. He was always interested

Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

Voices: Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

the leading technology providers and industry leaders to showcase their solutions and latest learnings, all under one roof at one time.Like London, the most popular topics and technologies will include Unmanned Vehicles, Vessels and Robotics, Ocean Observation and Sensing technologies and Hydrography, Geophysics and Geotechnics. We’re also reprising our “Catch the Next Wave” program from London, organized in association with The Explorers Club, which highlights how the spirit of exploration drives forward science and technology. Speaker pairings, comprising a leading explorer with a scientist

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NATO Uses IoT to Study the Oceans

around the globe. These include the University of Oldenburg’s work monitoring plastic debris in the North Sea and Spain’s coastal authority, Salvamento Maritimo, using SPOT Trace to devise oil spill disaster recovery procedures. The National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics and the “Istituto di Scienze Marine” of the Italian National Research Council use SPOT Trace to study surface currents in the Mediterranean and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has used large quantities of SPOT Trace satellite trackers also

Ole Jacob Sandal (Photo: Ridge)

Ridge Hires Sandal as Subsurface Manager

possesses extensive international and North Sea experience gained over 20 years in the oil and gas business, with roles ranging from exploration, drilling, corporate management and business development, combined with. He brings to the role a broad technical background, with a masters in petroleum geophysics and geology from University of Bergen, and a large national and international network within oil and gas business, research and finance.In connection with this appointment, Ridge enters into a co-operation agreement with HRH Geology.“In recent years, I have focused on establishing HRH Geology

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

details on their mapping efforts to the group included the Canadian Hydrographic Service; the Danish Geodata Agency; the Italian Ministry of Defense; the Norwegian Hydrographic Service; the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Italy’s National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics; Fugro; Kongsberg Maritime; TE Subcom; the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain; and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, among others.Following updates on mapping activities, the meeting broke out into working groups to discuss how to overcome technical challenges in compiling data

The GEBCO-NF Alumni team concept sets sail from Horten, Norway, on the first of three 24-hour sea-trials. The team observed the successful round of tests from a guard vessel, seen here behind USV-Maxlimer. (Photo: GEBCO)

Competitor Preps for XPRIZE Final with 24-hour Sea Trial

postgraduate training course at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (University of New Hampshire), highlights what a valuable global resource this capacity-building program is. The team also benefits from the experience of academics from a range of fields including geology, geomorphology and geophysics, as well as surveyors from national hydrographic offices, navies and industry. This diversity is still one of our greatest strengths.”In addition to strengthening human resources, the GEBCO-NF Alumni Team has been continually developing its concept, adding new technology and improving systems

MTR does not present an “MTR100 Creative Photo” award, but if we did this year’s winner is Houston Mechatronics. Pictured is Houston Mechatronic’s Aquanaut in wet testing earlier this year holding it’s MTR100 ‘trophy’. (Photo: Houston Mechatronics)

MTR100: The Ones to Watch

for AUVs arising,” adds Jackson. “There will be a lot more opportunities, different shapes and sizes and pay loads.”Cellua has about 25 staff plus a network of contractors, with offices in Vancouver and the U.K., and agents globally. It also has two joint ventures: Ocean Floor Geophysics, a subsea geophysical firm, which owns and operates AUVs with and has its own sensor development and data processing group; and Subsea Geo Services Inc., set up to operate Cellula’s seafloor drills on behalf of clients.(As published in the July/August 2018 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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