Juan De Fuca News

Fetch AZA is a self-calibrating long-life subsea sensor logging node that enables data to be wirelessly extracted via its integrated high speed acoustic modem with a battery life option of up to 10 years. (Photo: D. Chadwell, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (Webb/Chadwell/Nooner US NSF GeoPRISMS project))

Canada's New Observatory Uses 'Seafloor GPS'

hazards is to be deployed offshore Vancouver, Canada, using long endurance acoustic sensing technology supplied by Sonardyne International Ltd.The new Northern Cascadia Subduction Zone Observatory (NCSZO) will use a “seafloor GPS” network to monitor long-term movements of the subducting Juan de Fuca plate and overriding North American tectonic plate. Data gathered by the new observatory will play a critical role in informing assessments of earthquake and tsunami risk to the large populations of the Pacific North-West.The NCSZO is led by Ocean Networks Canada (ONC)—an initiative of the

Photo: C-MAP

C-MAP Launches High-res Coastal Bathymetry

and CaribbeanPassamaquoddy Bay to Block IslandCape Cod, Long Island and Hudson RiverBlock Island to NorfolkNorfolk to JacksonvilleFlorida and the BahamasSt. Lucie Inlet to New OrleansNew Orleans to BrownsvilleSan Diego to Santa CruzPoint Sur to Cape BlancoCape Blanco to Cape FlatteryPuget Sound, Juan de Fuca and San Juan IslandsVictoria, British Columbia to Cape ScottSan Juan Islands to Nigei IslandsQueen Charlotte Sound to Dixon EntranceHawaiian Island

The research vessel Neil Armstrong arrived to recover a surface mooring that is part of the OOI Global Array in the Irminger Sea south of Greenland in 2016. (Photo by James Kuo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

NSF Awards Contract to Continue Ocean Observatories Initiative

of OOI assets for which it is currently responsible: WHOI will operate the Pioneer Array off the Northeast U.S. coast and the Global Arrays in the Irminger Sea off the southern tip of Greenland and at Station Papa in the Gulf of Alaska; UW will operate the Regional Cabled Array that extends across the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate and overlying ocean; OSU will operate the Endurance Array off the coast of Washington and Oregon; and Rutgers will operate the cyberinfrastructure system that ingests and delivers data for the initiative. In addition, WHOI will serve as the home of a new OOI Project Management Office

ROV Doc Ricketts is launched through the moon pool of its host ship, the R/V Western Flyer. (Photo: MBARI)

MBARI ROV Doc Ricketts Makes 1,000th Dive

Research Institute (MBARI) remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Doc Ricketts completed its 1,000th dive on December 21, 2017, marking a significant milestone for the vehicle and its team of pilots. Since it began operations in February 2009, Doc Ricketts has explored the deep sea as far north as the Juan de Fuca Ridge off the Pacific Northwest coast and as far south as Baja California, Mexico.   The ROV’s milestone dive could not have taken place in a more picturesque place. MBARI researchers and scientists from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary were revisiting an area called Sur

Figure 1: 3D sidescan image of the J.E. Boyden lying upright on the bottom of Lake Union as captured from the real-time 3DSS sonar display (Image: Ping DSP)

Case Study: 3DSS-DX-450 Sonar

fleet in 1888, the Boyden quickly made a name for herself as a powerful and capable tug, transporting coal, coke and lumber between ports on Vancouver Island and Puget Sound. The J.E. Boyden was also involved for many years as a tug for sailing ships entering the variable waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound, and assisted in the salvage efforts of the 256-foot British iron ship Kilbrannan for several months in the spring of 1896. Scuttled in 1935 in 40 feet of water in Lake Union, the J.E. Boyden wreck is still well preserved and its integrity and orientation have been documented using

(Credit: James Delgado Collection)

View from the Top: Dr. James Delgado, NOAA Director of Maritime Heritage

of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, and the scientist who led the team that found Titanic in 1985) to plan a deep-sea mission off the southern west coast of Canada, where we have an interest, as does the province of British Columbia, in a World War II wreck located in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Later, I’ll also be travelling to San Francisco where we’ll be doing deep-sea exploration, including what will be the first time we’ll be able to lay eyes on, and do a detailed map of, the wreck of USS Independence aircraft carrier that we did an initial sonar mapping of last

R/V Neil Armstrong sails into San Francisco Harbor at the conclusion of the first leg of its inaugural voyage in late 2015. (Image by Aerial Productions, ©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Research Vessel Neil Armstrong Joins WHOI Fleet

taken her out into open water yet.”   Then a crowd of well-wishers from town (including one Halloween Frankenstein), who had come to think of Neil Armstrong and its crew as their neighbors, slipped our lines from the dock and we were away. Come what may, our bow pointed down the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the open ocean.   The first vague idea of what would become Neil Armstrong took shape in the 1990s, when the U.S. Navy began to lay the groundwork to replace some the largest Global Class research ships, which were well into their third decade of service at the time. In 2002, the Navy

Radial velocity data obtained on March 27 shows the first ocean current radial velocity data out to 85 km from shore (Image: ASL Environmental Sciences)

Canada Installs Radar to Detect Tsunamis

. Ocean Networks Canada is funded by the Government of Canada and includes a partnership with IBM Canada.    Similar to the disastrous March 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake, the west coast of British Columbia has the potential for very large earthquakes to occur along the boundaries of the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate. It is anticipated that the radar will be able to detect the surface expressions of tsunamis up to 100 km from shore, which will provide twenty to thirty minutes of advance warning.   

Photo: Kvichak Marine

Kvichak to Build 48 ft. Foil Research Cat

Kvichak Marine Industries, a Vigor Company, was recently awarded a contract to design and build a 48’ all-aluminum foil assisted research catamaran for the King County Environmental Laboratory.  The vessel will operate in Puget Sound, the Straits of Juan de Fuca and adjoining inland waterways.  The vessel will be conducting water sampling research along with marine buoy calibration, maintenance and retrieval, tours and shoreline surveys, dive and ROV operations. This will be the thirteenth foil assisted catamaran Kvichak has built since 2000. Kvichak’s unique foil design

USCG photo by Katelyn Shearer

Shell Arctic Rig Protesters Detained and Released

Police Department, King County Sheriff's Office, Seattle Fire Department and Washington State Patrol were involved in the enforcement of the 500-yard safety zone.   The USCG said its assets will continue to enforce the safety zone around the Polar Pioneer's transit north into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  Planned protest activity is expected along the way, and the USCG will continue to manage waterway safety specifically commercial traffic within the shipping lanes.   On April 28, the Coast Guard established 100-yard safety zones around Arctic drilling and support vessels while moored

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