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Arctic Monitoring Buoy: Photo credit NOAA

Arctic Ocean More Acidic? NOAA Deploys First Monitoring Buoy

NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in partnership with the Marine Research Institute in Iceland has deployed the first high-latitude ocean acidification monitoring buoy in the Atlantic Ocean. The moored buoy is the first of its kind to be deployed north of the Arctic circle in a region where very little is known about how carbon dioxide (CO2) is entering the ocean environment. The buoy, deployed north of Iceland, is equipped with a MAPCO2 monitoring system designed at PMEL that measures CO2 concentrations of the surface water and atmosphere every 90 minutes. The mooring

Iceland Likely to Order More PSV's

Iceland, which issued its first offshore oil and gas exploration licenses this year, seeks to become a hub for subsea explorers from Greenland to Jan Mayen. Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson announced that Icelandic companies will probably follow oil-service provider Fafnir Offshore’s 7.3 billion kronur ($59 million) purchase of the country’s first platform supply vessel (PSV) from Norway’s Havyard Group reports Bloomberg. Iceland will seek to become an oil-service hub for exploration in its northern waters, off Norway’s Arctic Jan Mayen island and offshore Greenland

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Contract Award for the Longest HVDC Route Survey

MMT (Sweden) has been awarded a contract for the world’s longest HVDC route survey for the UK-Iceland Interconnector by Atlantic Superconnection Corporation (ASC). MMT will provide bathymetric and geophysical mapping along the entire route corridor, between Iceland to England.   MMT and Reach Subsea have just mobilized the Surveyor Interceptor ROV onboard Stril Explorer that will conduct the seabed survey on the deepest part of the route. MMT’s Survey and ROV vessel Franklin will continue the survey in the UK waters with a fully equipped ROTV.   The survey will take place

Next generation Wave Glider heading out to sea (Photo: Liquid Robotics, A Boeing Company)

Liquid Robotics Debuts Next Generation Wave Glider

mission required the next generation Wave Glider enhancements to provide reliable operations across the full spectrum of high seas we would encounter,” said Dr. Eric Terrill of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. "We’ve worked with early versions of this platform off the coast of Iceland for an extreme seas study, and the Wave Glider performed admirably even in seas in excess of 10 meters (sea state 9), so we knew for peace of mind, our Southern Ocean project would require a similar configuration.”   For existing customers, an upgrade kit has been developed to expand

The crew of Icelandic Coast Guard survey vessel Baldur deploys a Wave Glider for measuring winds, February 22, 2017 (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Scientists, Icelandic Coast Guard Partner to Study Rough Seas

A new collaboration between Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) has set out to study of the extreme ocean surface conditions that characterize the waters off Iceland’s coast.    Scripps physical oceanographer Eric Terrill said he and other Scripps scientists first approached Icelandic officials with the concept of deploying a suite of marine instruments because of the unique ocean conditions that are found there – primarily the locale’s extreme winter weather and rough seas.   “Measur

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Alaska Governor Invites Regional Arctic Investments

pad for circumpolar investment. Alaska’s $50 billion economy is fiscally stable and economically diverse,” Treadwell told an audience of investors, industry representatives, government officials, news media participants and indigenous citizens gathered for the first ever 'Arctic Circle' in Reykjavik, Iceland on Sunday.   “This is a very forward-thinking group, and I am here to remind you all that from ports to pipelines and airships to icebreakers, we have so many places for you to invest – just pick your project,” Treadwell told the audience. Given the rapid pace of Arctic development, Treadwell

Teledyne Gavia Awarded ISO 9001:2008 Certificate

system has been independently audited and confirmed as being in conformity with ISO 9001:2008. The company Quality Management System (QMS) was audited by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) in September 2013. The comprehensive audit covered every aspect of the QMS at Teledyne Gavia’s facility in Iceland where the Gavia Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) is manufactured. Since Gavia was acquired in 2010, Teledyne has invested in the infrastructure, capital and people in Iceland, improving the Gavia AUV’s reliability, range of available survey sensors, and worldwide customer support network

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PlanetSolar Continues Scientific Voyage in North Atlantic

Institution, the largest center of its kind in the world, with whom UNIGE is collaborating for this expedition. This important stopover in the capital of Massachusetts was crucial in the planning of the “DeepWater” expedition’s itinerary, which had initially planned for a stop in Iceland, a transatlantic crossing in the direction of Norway, coming to a close in Paris. After many discussions, hesitations and negotiations, the scientific committee—headed by Professor Martin Beniston and PlanetSolar’s captain Gérard d’Aboville—made the strategic decision

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Arctic Circle Iceland Convention Date Changed

The Arctic Circle informs that due to increased demand, and to better accommodate the large number of expected attendees, the dates for the second annual Arctic Circle Assembly have been changed. The gathering will now take place October 31-November 2, 2014, in Reykjavík, Iceland, at the Harpa Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre. Background The inaugural gathering drew more than 1,200 participants from 40 nations, bringing together a diverse group of individuals and organizations for a series of meetings and presentations addressing the challenges and opportunities of the

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MacArtney to Distribute LISST Instruments

MacArtney announced its entry into an exclusive representative agreement with Seattle based oceanographic instrument manufacturer, Sequoia Scientific Inc., to distribute the full range of LISST laser particle sizers and other Sequoia products in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. For two decades, Sequoia has held the position as the world's only manufacturer of portable, field and submersible laser particle sizers. The company is renowned for its LISST product range, which boast an extensive track record of use for environmental monitoring, industrial and scientific applications across

New Gavia AUV: Operational in Batam

In January 2013 PT Java Offshore (Indonesia) completed the final training course on the operation and data processing for their new Gavia Surveyor Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), supplied by Teledyne Gavia (Reykjavik Iceland), a Teledyne Technologies Company, enabling full field operation. This is the first delivery of a fully capable, lowlogistics survey AUV into the offshore markets in the South East Asia region. Training and initial field operation resulted in a series of missions in a variety of near-shore and offshore environments. PT Java Offshore operates a 1,000m-depth rated Gavia

ICEHORSE Submersible Skimmer recovering oil during prototype testing at BSEE’s Ohmsett Facility. This BSEE-funded research project is part of an effort to improve oil recovery in icy Arctic waters. (Photo: BSEE)

Partners Advance Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology

refining technologies for oil spill response in the Arctic requires collaboration on a global scale.”   The workshop was organized by the Arctic Council’s Working Group on Emergency Prevention, Preparedness, and Response, and attended by subject matter experts from the U.S., Canada, Iceland and Norway. Discussion focused on three separate areas that are key to an efficient oil spill response: traditional mechanical response countermeasures such as boom and skimmers, evolving response countermeasures such as in situ burn and dispersants, and response optimization that includes remote

Wave Glider (Photo: Liquid Robotics)

Liquid Robotics Names Nordic Partner

systems.   Joining Liquid Robotics’ Open Oceans Partner Program, Maritime Robotics is now an authorized partner to sell Liquid Robotics’ Wave Gliders and associated mission and integration services to customers throughout the Nordic countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.   One of the first customers from this partnership is flight tracking service provider Flightradar24, who is currently performing sea trials to test ocean-based ADS-B reception with Wave Gliders. According to  Liquid Robotics, Wave Gliders have the potential to fill the current air

Global distribution of Large Marine Ecosystems.  Photo credit: NOAA, United Nations

UN Mulls Treaty for Maritime Biodiversity

was reached only after a small group of countries engaged in fishing and ocean mining blocked a more rapid timeline during the discussions between experts from the 193 member countries.  A majority of nations called for quick action but several countries such as the United States, Russia, Canada, Iceland and Japan expressed reluctance.    The open-ended Ad Hoc informal Working Group, which negotiated the deal, has been dragging its collective feet since it was initially convened back in 2006. The High Seas Alliance, a coalition of 27 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) plus the Internationa

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MacArtney Sells First LISST to DNV

industry related monitoring. This unique in-situ capable instrument was procured through MacArtney Underwater Technology and marks the first LISST sale by the company in its newly minted role as exclusive representative of Sequoia Scientific’s LISST products in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. The LISST-Deep for DNV was delivered as a complete turn-key solution with external battery package and on-site training. Monitoring the ecological effects of mine tailing distribution and flocculation In the hands of DNV, the LISST-Deep will initially be deployed to monitor the ecological effects

GL Garrad Hassan at Husum WindEnergy 2012

be accelerated, through an examination of attractive areas for development, grid and interconnection issues, and the regulatory and market conditions in the BSR nations." explained David Williams, GL Garrad Hassan. The report is designed to give the BASREC partners (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Russia and the European Commission), a set of concrete initiatives on which they can cooperate to promote offshore wind power. From the analysis two sets of strategic initiatives for the region were provided.  The first detailed actions

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Two Gavia AUVs with EdgeTech Sonars Shipped for Mine Countermeasures

other modules, including swath bathymetry, sub-bottom profiler, and environmental sensors,” said Arnar Steingrimsson, Director of Vehicle Sales at Teledyne Marine Systems. “It was great to see the first two EdgeTech-equipped Gavia AUVs in operation together during the factory testing in Iceland. I am very impressed by the quality of the data collected by the Gavia/EdgeTech combination.” The Gavia Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) is a modular, highly versatile, low-logistics subsea survey solution. The Gavia AUV can carry an array of sensors and custom payload modules to a survey

GAO: U.S. Can Do Better on Arctic Policy

today that was released by Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Tim Bishop (NY-01), John Garamendi (CA-03) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK). The GAO study focused on U.S. participation in the Arctic Council, a voluntary body started in 1996 that includes the eight Arctic nations—Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the U.S., as well as indigenous groups and other stakeholders. The State Department leads participation for the U.S. The U.S. has not prioritized its commitments to the Arctic Council and is limited in its ability to respond to emergencies in the Arctic region, the

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