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SOI Maps One Million Square Kilometers of Seafloor

regions that require high-resolution seafloor imagery to contribute to expansion or additional protections. Some of its large mapping efforts have focused on the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, Cocos Island National Park in Costa Rica, and the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati.Gaining visuals of the ocean floor is critical to unlocking a better understanding of the world’s oceans. There are predicted to be millions of unknown species whose function and contribution to ocean and human health is still unknown. High resolution maps guide scientists to these unexplored

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UKHO Contracts with TCarta

TCarta Marine was contracted by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to provide a baseline dataset of water depths and seafloor classification around the Republic of Kiribati. Located in the Pacific Ocean, the island nation is threatened by rising sea levels.TCarta won the open bid for supply of Satellite Derived Bathymetry (SDB) to the UKHO to extract water depth measurements and seafloor classifications, including habitat types, from multispectral satellite imagery. In this project, TCarta is processing eight-band DigitalGlobe WorldView-2 and -3 data predominantly, as well as four-band

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Seas to Continue Rising Even if Climate Goals Are Met

Greenland to Antarctica that will re-draw global coastlines, a German-led team wrote in the journal Nature Communications. Sea level rise is a threat to cities from Shanghai to London, to low-lying swathes of Florida or Bangladesh, and to entire nations such as the Maldives in the Indian Ocean or Kiribati in the Pacific. By 2300, the report projected that sea levels would gain by 0.7-1.2 metres, even if almost 200 nations fully meet goals under the 2015 Paris Agreement, which include cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero in the second half of this century. Ocean levels will rise inexorably

This stunningly beautiful jellyfish was seen in the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument while exploring the informally named “Enigma Seamount” at a depth of about 3,700 meters. Scientists identified this hydromedusa as belonging to the genus Crossota. (Credit: NOAA)

NOAA's Okeanos Explorer Journeys Into Pacific Deepwater

areas of Howland, Baker and Jarvis Islands, Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef, and Johnston Atoll. While this year’s dives will focus on waters of the United States Exclusive Economic Zone, NOAA will partner with several Pacific Island countries to explore the deep waters of Samoa, the Republic of Kiribati’s Phoenix Islands Protected Area, the Cook Islands, and New Zealand’s Territory of Tokelau.   CAPSTONE, which began in July 2015, focuses on collecting baseline information to support science and management needs in these vast and largely unexplored areas. CAPSTONE also provides

Matthieu de Tugny, Senior Vice President, Offshore (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

BV Helps to ‘de-risk’ Marine Renewable Energy Tech

(AIPs) issued by BV in 2016 include: September 2016: AIP for floating OTEC platform in the Maldives for the Bardot Group April 2016: AIP for WindFloat (floating foundation for a wind turbine) project in the Mediterranean for Principle Power January 2016: AIP for 1MW OTEC platform in Kiribati for KRISO   BV’s certification covers entire projects, including farms of multiple units, type approval, components, for concepts, prototypes and for series production. Last year Bureau Veritas issued guidance notes dedicated to specific MRE technologies: Current and Tidal Turbines

Coral 'Bright Spots' Offer Clues to Protecting Threatened Reefs

scientists say they may guide efforts to curb threats such as over-fishing and climate change which are blamed for widespread global declines.   A major study identified 15 "bright spots" among more than 2,500 coral reefs in 46 nations, including off Indonesia, the Solomon islands and Kiribati where given local stresses there were far more fish than predicted.   And the Great Barrier Reef off Australia, the world's biggest, was performing in line with expectations given its remoteness and high level of protection, lead author Joshua Cinner, a professor at James Cook University

A 1MW plant developed by the Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO) which will be built for installation off the coast of South Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati, in the South Pacific Ocean.

Energy from the Ocean: The Ocean Thermal Energy Converter

of Korea and the leader in technology development in ships and ocean engineering.     The BV approval applies to a 1MW plant developed by the Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO) which will be built for installation off the coast of South Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati, in the South Pacific Ocean.   “OTEC technology offers the potential for round-the-clock clean renewable energy from the ocean," said Matthieu de Tugny, SVP and Head of Offshore, Bureau Veritas. "We are excited to deploy our expertise in offshore energy, met-ocean studies

The progressive effects of bleaching on a once healthy elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) during a recent bleaching event in Florida. (Credit: NOAA)

Warm Oceans May Mean Major Coral Bleaching -NOAA

its major source of food and is more susceptible to disease.   The outlook shows the greatest threat for coral bleaching through May 2015 is in the western South Pacific and Indian oceans. In the Pacific, thermal stress has already reached levels that cause bleaching in the nations of Nauru, Kiribati, and the Solomon Islands, and is expected to spread to Tuvalu, Samoa, and American Samoa in the next few months. In the Indian Ocean, thermal stress may reach levels that cause bleaching around Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, and parts of Indonesia and western Australia.   NOAA scientists

Green seas: File image

Million US$ Grant for Pacific Ocean Protection Area

The Waitt Foundation and Oceans 5, in close partnership with the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, has agreed to make a joint grant of $1 million to support implementation of Kiribati’s Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA). The PIPA will be fully protected by January 2015, when the government will exclude commercial fishing vessels from a 410,000 square kilometer area, spanning nearly the size of California. The joint grant of $1 million per year over the next five years will support management, monitoring, and enforcement of the area. “Science tells us that no-take marine parks

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Australian Divers Remove Potential WWII Mine

The Royal Australian Navy reported that its clearance divers have successfully disposed of a suspect object in Betio Lagoon off South Tarawa, in the Republic of Kiribati. Australian Defense previously reported the suspicious item may be a sea mine from World War II. A team of Australian Defense Force personnel was sent to the Pacific island nation following the discovery of the suspect object beneath a sunken vessel that was being salvaged by commercial operators. Six Royal Australian Navy clearance divers and a support team flew to the island nation last week on a Royal Australian Air Force

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