Great Lakes News

US' Marine Economy Growth Outpacing the Nation's

;Data such as these provide a critical baseline to inform, track progress and accelerate America’s economic recovery.”For these statistics, experts from NOAA and the Bureau of Economic Analysis considered 10 sectors representing businesses dependent on the nation’s oceans, coasts and Great Lakes between the years 2014 and 2018. Marine-related gross domestic product grew 5.8% from 2017 to 2018, faster than the 5.4% growth of the total U.S. gross domestic product as measured in current dollars. Businesses included in the report also supported 2.3 million jobs in 2018.“The marine economy

RENDERING OF NEW VIKING SHIP: This rendering shows what the new Viking expedition ships will look like, including the hangar for launching small vessels. Credit: Viking

NOAA-Viking Public Private Partnership, a Win-win for Research

cruise news in January: Viking – a premier European ocean and river cruise company - will offer two new “destination-focused travel experiences,” starting in 2022.  One set of cruises becomes Viking’s first foray in the inland North American market, in this case the Great Lakes.  Another set of cruises will head to the Arctic and Antarctica.  Viking is building two new vessels: the Viking Octantis and the Viking Polaris, under construction now in Norway, by Fincantieri’s VARD.In a press release Viking writes that it has created “the thinking person&rsquo

NURP's AQUARIUS habitat was first named after George Bond, Pappa Topside. (Photo Credit: OAR/National Undersea Research Program (NURP))

#Oi2020 History

program that specialized in providing access to undersea technology to help better-manage Earth's last frontier. NURP made undersea technologies available to the scientific community, supported creative partnerships, and conducted groundbreaking research towards the advancement of marine and Great Lakes science.  The program continued until 2007, when it was merged within NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER). Known as the only federal organization dedicated to exploring the global ocean, OER currently works with partners to explore the ocean to make discoveries

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US Offshore Wind Pipeline Reach 25.8GW

capacity of 25,824 MW across 13 states, including the Block Island Wind Farm commissioned in 2016.Projects totaling 21,225 MW have exclusive site control, meaning the developer has a lease or other contract to develop the site. Most of these projects are on the Eastern seaboard, with one in the Great Lakes, said Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report, prepared by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.California and Hawaii have several early-stage floating offshore wind projects in the planning phase, it said.The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

Admiral Karl Schultz – Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

MTR100: #2 Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant, USCG

. Admiral Schultz, who become the 26th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard on June 1, 2018, hit the ground running and has been on a mission since day one to not only stress the importance of the maritime industry as a whole, but to inextricably link the U.S. maritime industry – inland, Great Lakes and coastal – to the current and future success of the U.S. economy. He and his leadership team have been tireless advocates to ensure that Coast Guard operation and asset budgets as well as maritime infrastructure needs are kept ‘top of mind’, firmly entrenched in the &lsquo

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NOAA Scientists Honored for Innovative Research

, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator. “I am proud of the scientific leadership they have brought to their respective fields, and I am confident they will move NOAA and the Nation forward by advancing science and technology.”Meet the winners:Eric Anderson, a physical scientist at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for leading innovative research in hydrodynamic forecasting to address many of the Great Lakes’ most pressing issues, including harmful algal blooms, extreme storm conditions, and oil spill response.Michelle Barbieri, a veterinary

ASV BEN (Bathymetric Explorer and Navigator) is a custom prototype built by SV Global Unmanned Marine System for University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. ASV BEN has a state-of-the art seafloor mapping system that can map depths reaching 650 feet. (Photo: Ocean Exploration Trust)

Searching for Shipwrecks

on shore. Using sonar and GPS, BEN collects data about the lake bottom that can be used to create high-resolution maps. The expedition in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary also served as a test case, helping engineers improve BEN for future uses.Researchers aboard the R/V Storm, operated by NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, supported BEN and also conducted mapping and surveying in adjacent areas of the lake. Sponsored by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, this project marks the first partnership between Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Ocean Exploration Trust

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RBR Order to Support Great Lakes RAEON

Scientists have started a coordinated effort to study and monitor the health of the Great Lakes using a large number of RBR loggers and multiparameter sensors.RBR has recently delivered hundreds of world-class scientific instruments to meet the critical requirements of the Real-time Aquatic Ecosystem Observation Network (RAEON).“RAEON will support comprehensive and multidisciplinary research to understand and manage the Great Lakes and will be a reference for researchers worldwide who are investigating freshwater ecosystems,” Dr. Fisk said.“This collaborative hub will enable researcher

Dan Scoville (Photo: OceanGate)

OceanGate Hires Scoville

from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has personally discovered and documented more than 20 deep water shipwrecks including the HMS Ontario, a British warship built in 1780. The HMS Ontario is the oldest confirmed shipwreck and the only fully intact British warship to have ever been found in the Great Lakes.  

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