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Nine US States Seek to Stop Atlantic Seismic Testing

Secretary Wilbur Ross and the National Marine Fisheries Service as defendants, says the prospect of seeing marine mammals is an important draw for tourists to the states and helps coastal economies.The Department of Commerce declined to comment.Last month the fisheries office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, part of the Commerce Department, issued permits to WesternGeco LLC, a subsidiary of Schlumberger Ltd, and CGG to harass, but not kill, marine mammals with air gun blasts in a region of the Atlantic from Delaware to Cape Canaveral, Florida.Jennie Lyons, a spokeswoman at the fisheries

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US Government Sued Over Atlantic Seismic Testing

this dangerous activity," Michael Jasny, a director and ocean noise pollution expert at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement.A federal marine biologist said last month that no seismic tests have been known to cause whale beachings. A spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency within the Commerce Department, declined to discuss ongoing litigation.Plaintiffs in the lawsuit also included the Southern Environmental Law Center, Sierra Club, Oceana, the Center for Biological Diversity and the North Carolina Coastal Federation.Lawmakers from South

Participants at The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project regional mapping meeting for the Atlantic and Indian Oceans gathered in Palisades, New York. (Photo: The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed)

First Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project Meeting

2030 Regional Centers including the Atlantic and Indian, South and West Pacific, and Arctic/North Pacific Regional Centers.On the first day, updates about mapping efforts within the Atlantic-Indian region were presented by participants from projects and organisations including the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the ASMIWG, The Nippon Foundation/GEBCO Indian Ocean Bathymetric Compilation, the Global Multi-Resolution Topography (GMRT) Synthesis, EMODnet Bathymetry, AusSeabed, University of Tasmania, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research, GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean

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Construction Starts on OSU's Research Ship

LLC gathered at the shipyard in Houma, La. for the keel-laying ceremony, marking the start of fabrication of the state-of-the art ship. The ship will be the first in a class of Regional Class Research Vessels funded by the NSF.During the ceremony, John Byrne, former OSU president and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) administrator, and his wife, Shirley, the ship’s ceremonial sponsors, has their initials inscribed into the ship’s keel.The 199-foot research ship, which will be called Taani (pronounced “tahnee”), a word used by the Siletz people meaning &ldquo

Coast Guard Cutter Hawksbill assists NOAA personnel with the disentanglement of a whale three miles southwest of Santa Cruz. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

USCG, NOAA Rescued an Entangled Whale

An entangled whale off the coast of California was rescued with the help of the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).NOAA personnel contacted Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders at approximately 8 a.m., on Monday, requesting assistance in locating a whale that had become entangled off the coast of Santa Cruz.The Coast Guard launched the Monterey-homeported 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat Hawksbill to search for the whale, while a helicopter crew was dispatched and located the whale approximately three miles southwest of Santa Cruz.Once on scene, the

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Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Finalists to Compete off Greece

will be used by NCSR-Demokritos, the largest research center in Greece, and their Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics as part of a worldwide scientific collaboration to establish a new generation Neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean.A secondary test location to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) $1 million bonus prize will take place in early 2019, once the grand prize testing has been completed. Competing bonus prize finalist teams will need to demonstrate that their technology can “sniff out” a specified object in the ocean by tracing a biological

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Teledyne Webb Research Wins $7 Mln NOAA Contract

Webb Research, a division of Teledyne Technologies and a provider of neutrally buoyant, autonomous drifters and profilers, autonomous underwater gliding vehicles, and moored underwater sound sources, has received an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the provision of Slocum gliders, sensors and service components. The award has a maximum value of $7 million over five years, with an initial procurement in excess of $600,000.The U.S. Antarctic Marine Living Resources (AMLR) Program of the NOAA Fisheries Service has

Kraken Enters R&D Partnership with NOAA

Kraken Robotics Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).The data and information OER collect can be used to enhance ocean research, inform policy and management decisions, develop new lines of scientific inquiry, and advise NOAA and the United States on critical issues.The agreement signed between Kraken and NOAA’s OER defines a joint research and development partnership

Meet LT Laura Dwyer: NOAA Officer, Navy Oceanographer

operation of unmanned underwater vehicles and post-mission analysis in expeditionary mine countermeasure companies (ExMCM Co) and mine counter measures (MCM) operations worldwide," she said.Except, she's not a Navy officer.In May 2018 Dwyer was promoted to lieutenant, is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps Officer serving with the NAVOCEANMIWCEN, an operational Navy command.Her assignment underscores the long, close relationship that NOAA and Naval Oceanography have enjoyed. They both forecast weather and ocean conditions - NOAA for the U.S.; the Navy for Navy assets

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Real-time Oceanographic Equipment Installed at Port Everglades

Real-time tides, currents, water levels and other metrological information at Broward County’s Port Everglades is now readily available to the public thanks to an advanced sensor device developed and installed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).“Boaters and commercial mariners will be able to make safer choices based on the data from this equipment because it gives real-time information and forecasts,” said Port Everglades Deputy Port Director Glenn Wiltshire. “Before this equipment went into service, mariners had to rely on data for Lake Worth in

KUROSHIO is integrating technologies owned by Japanese universities, institutes and companies for a unique collaborative approach centered around AUVs. (Photo: Woodruff Patrick Laputka)

Deep Ocean Exploration is the 21st Century ‘Space Race’

international competition in which teams are challenged to develop underwater robots, sensors and camera technologies that will map the seafloor at a very high resolution and bring back images from the ocean so we all have an opportunity to see what is out there. As part of this, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is providing a $1 million bonus prize for the development of pioneering technology – and underwater “smart sniffer” that can detect an underwater biological or chemical signal and autonomously track it to its source.The teams involved in this modern-day

Left to right: Craig McLean of NOAA presents Fugro’s Edward Saade with a commemorative plaque in formal commendation of the company’s leadership in advancing global ocean mapping (Photo: Fugro)

NOAA Honors Fugro

Fugro’s global ocean mapping efforts have earned the company a formal commendation from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The recognition came during a recent industry briefing with Fugro and NOAA about The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, a global initiative to map the world’s oceans by the year 2030.Given that more than 80 percent of the world’s oceans remains unexplored and unmapped, NOAA’s Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Craig McLean, underscored the importance of the role of the commercial sector in

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Mappers Look to Chart World's Ocean Floor by 2030

to tap research missions as well as explorers searching for sunken wrecks together with data pulled from ships, fishing boats and commercial companies.The project, which has an estimated cost of $3 billion, will leave waters closer to shore to national research bodies. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is separately supporting the initiative.One potential problem such exploratory research could face would be from rising geopolitical tensions in sensitive waters around the world including the South China Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea."By being open in our data sharing

The new, powerful Dell hums alongside NOAA's IBM and Cray computers at a data center in Orlando, Fla. The three systems combined in Florida and Virginia give NOAA 8.4 petaflops of total processing speed and pave the way for improved weather models and forecasts. (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Boots Up Its New Supercomputers

U.S. weather models are about to become more accurate and efficient thanks to faster supercomputers and more storage.   The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said the two Dell systems added to its IBMs and Crays at data centers in Reston, Va., and Orlando, Fla. elevate its combined weather and climate supercomputing system to among the 30 fastest in the world, with the ability to now process 8 quadrillion calculations per second.   “NOAA’s supercomputers play a vital role in monitoring numerous weather events from blizzards to hurricanes,” said

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Weather Disasters Cost US $306 Bln in 2017 -NOAA

Weather and climate-related disasters cost the United States a record $306 billion in 2017, the third-warmest year on record, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Monday.   The report from the federal agency underscores the economic risks of climate change, even as President Donald Trump's administration casts doubts on the causes of it and has started withdrawing the U.S. from a global pact to combat it.   NOAA said western wildfires and hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma contributed to making 2017 the costliest year on record. The previous record was

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NOAA Awards $9.3 Mln for Aquaculture Research

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced 32 research grants totaling $9.3 million for projects around the U.S. to further develop the nation’s marine and coastal aquaculture industry.   “This country, with its abundant coastline, should not have to import billions of pounds of seafood each year,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “These grants will promote aquaculture projects that will help us reduce our trade deficit in this key industry.”   The grants were awarded through two competitions – Integrated Projects to

Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Testing Altered

Environment team. “We are very excited to begin Round 1 testing and, for the first time, see all the semifinalists demonstrate their innovative and diverse technological approaches to rapidly mapping the ocean floor.”    The timing of the initial test for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) $1 million Bonus Prize is also currently under review. For this Bonus Prize, teams will need to demonstrate that their technology can ”sniff out” a specified object in the ocean by tracing a biological and chemical signal to its source.    &ldquo

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