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A Timelapse of EagleRay Transitioning from Sea to Sky (Credit NCSU)

Drones for Coastal Enviro Management

sensors by an independent entity such as ACT would be useful to researchers, managers, and technicians.Technology HighlightsThere were several innovative technologies presented at the workshop. A key concern for all unmanned systems is payloads. During this workshop researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) discussed the use of a Flightwave Edge, a hybrid tricopter fixed-wing aircraft. It can take off and land using Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) technology. It can also seamlessly transition from hover to forward flight and back again. Its swappable twist-lock payload

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

.Confirmed speakers for Catch The Next Wave include Michael Gernhardt, NASA Astronaut and Manager of Environmental Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Space Center; Douglas Bartlett, Professor of Marine Microbiology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; and Kelly Benoit-Bird, Senior Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium 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

An artist’s depiction of LRAUV under sea ice. Using photo-chemical sensors, the robot scans the density of a billowing cloud of oil coming from an ocean floor well. The red and yellow objects are parts of a communication system consisting of antennas suspended under ice from a buoy installed on top of the ice.  Graphic by ADAC.

LRAUV: Arctic Oil-Spill-Mapping Robot Put to the Test

Technology Directorate (S&T) has been working on an underwater robot for the past four years through a DHS Center of Excellence, the Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) at the University of Alaska Anchorage, in partnership with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.The result of this research is the Tethys Long Range Autonomic Underwater Vehicle or LRAUV, a helicopter-portable, torpedo-shaped system with oil sensors and navigation capabilities. This robot can provide real-time data for first responders by producing and transmitting 3-D maps

The heavy 800 kg frame that was moved by the flow (© 2017 MBARI)

'Smart Boulders' Measure Seafloor Avalanches

Foundation, and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Dr. Clare was supported by the NERC “Environmental Risks to Infrastructure” Innovation Program, which aims to better understand how natural hazards impact infrastructure and society. The field program was led by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, supported by United States Geological Survey, Ocean University of China, Quindao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, Durham University, Hull University, University of Southampton and National Oceanography Center

Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Studying Aliens of the Deep

the RAD sampler at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT and successfully collected and released moon jellyfish underwater. After making modifications to the sampler so it could withstand open ocean conditions, they then mounted it on an underwater remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in Monterey, CA and tested it in the field at depths of 500–700 m (1,600–2,300 ft) using the ROV’s manipulator arm and human-controlled joystick to operate the sampler. The team was able to capture soft organisms like squid and jellyfish within their natural

Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute

Scientists Set Record with Self-Driving Robots

In a joint effort between the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE), the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), and Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), several long-range autonomous underwater vehicles (LRAUVs) have successfully completed their first voyage in the open ocean, obtaining data on the water column down to 250 meters, while autonomously collecting and archive seawater samples to capture microbial community dynamics in the oceans interior. Since March 10, 2018, the team on research vessel Falkor has been deploying these new robots programmed with several

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

Monterey Bay Aquarium 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

Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Testing Altered

independent judging panel consisting of experts in seafloor mapping, data analysis, marine and drone technologies, and underwater discoveries has been established: Victor Abbott, Ph.D., formerly of the University of Plymouth; Aida Alvera-Azcarate, Ph.D., University of Liege; Douglas Au, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute; Catherine Ball, Ph.D., Remote Research Ranges; Christina Kellogg, Ph.D., United States Geological Survey; David Mearns, Blue Water Recoveries; and Shah Selbe, National Geographic Emerging Explorer.   “We are extremely honored to have such a high caliber of expertise

Scenes from OI 2016 in London. (Photo: Reed Exhibitions)

Preview: OI North America 2017 San Diego

International event in London now in its 47th year, and OI China now in its fifth year. Oceanology International North America has already attracted a number of  well-known speakers and exhibitors from industry, academia and government, including James Birch, Director-SURF Center, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI); Jules Jaffe, Research Oceanographer, Scripps Institute of Oceanography; Igor Prislin, Vice President – Chief Analytics Officer, BMT Scientific Marine Services; Michael Flynn, Chief Technology Officer, Cathx Ocean and Jake Sobin, Manager Sciences (Americas), Kongsberg

MBARI engineer Brian Kieft with researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on board the USGS vessel with the Tethys LRAUV, in the southern portion of Lake Michigan (Credit: Brett Hobson © 2016 MBARI)

AUV Mission in the Great Lakes

ecosystem has often been challenging.   In hopes of better understanding this complex freshwater system, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Great Lakes Science Center – which studies the Lakes’ living resources and their habitats – recently teamed up with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) to observe plankton communities in a project that seeks to improve upon traditional research methods by, for the first time in Lake Michigan, adding an AUV to the mix.   Conventional sampling technology for this type of study has typically involved some kind of vessel

Oceanology International heading to North America (Oceanology International 2016 at ExCeL London pictured) (Photo: OINA)

OI North America 2017 Registration Open

examples of the trajectory of technological innovation outside of the ocean community with the objective of sparking new ideas across disciplines and sectors. The CTNW Conference Committee comprises of representatives from Sonardyne, Oceaneering International, BP, Just Innovation, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Center for Marine Robotics, The XPRIZE Foundation and The Explorers Club. In line with the established Oceanology International conference and exhibition in London, the OINA conference is supported by an extensive industry exhibition. Booths

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