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NOAA Affiliates Dr. Elizabeth Steffen (left) and Marine Tech Elizabeth Ricci (right) deploy a Deep Sounding Oceanographic Lagrangian Observer (SOLO) Argo float from the R/V Kaʻimikai-O-Kanaloa in 2018. The Deep SOLO float was developed by the Scripps Institute of Oceanography Instrument Development Group (SIO IDG), and this was the first Deep SOLO float to be deployed by NOAA Affiliates. Credit: NOAA

US Aims to Improve Ocean Observations with $2.7 Million for New Robotic Floats

and ocean acidification. Most floats last for 4-5 years on battery power. The new funding will add 40 more Argo floats, 7 more Deep Argo floats and 6 biogeochemical floats to the mix. Funding will also support the development of key data management infrastructure for the array. NOAA and the National Science Foundation support U.S. Argo investments and activities

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TCarta Plans Bathymetric Mapping Workshop for Jamaica

2030 will make the data publicly available to support coastal resilience, environmental protection, and other marine applications.TCarta first introduced Jamaican hydrographers to the SDB Toolbox in a 2022 training session. The Toolbox, which was developed by TCarta with funding from the National Science Foundation, contains a pre-processing tool to allocate calibration and validation in situ source data, two algorithm workflows to derive water depth measurements using Machine Learning and empirical regression, and a statistics estimation tool for quality assurance of derived water depth measurements

Paul Salem (Photo: WHOI)

WHOI Board Chair Paul Salem Gives $25 Million for Ocean-based Climate Solutions

and the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), as well as gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations will support a growing ecosystem of fundamental and applied scientific research and engineering development at WHOI. These build on existing capabilities such as the National Science Foundation-funded Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) and the international Argo network of autonomous profiling floats. Funding from Salem, NOPP, DOE and other sources expand on these existing programs, in part by supporting investigations of new marine carbon dioxide removal (mCDR) projects, including

Rendering of an Antarctic Research Vessel. (Image: NSF, illustrated by Gibbs & Cox, a Leidos Company)

US Issues Draft RFP for New Antarctic Research Vessel

The U.S.' National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a draft request for proposal (RFP) for its Antarctic Research Vessel (ARV) Integrator requirement.According to NSF, the draft represents a functionally complete RFP with sections A through M, released to provide transparency and early exposure for what is a robust requirement.NSF said it seeks feedback from industry on the whole of the RFP, be that technical or contractual requirements, instructions to offerors and evaluation criteria, or small business engagement. By inviting questions NSF desires to enhance mutual understanding by reducing

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Researchers Study the Fast Gulf Stream Currents

by the end of the expedition, the team were able to find a weather window to deploy most instruments before encountering high winds on the last day.The C-Streams project is a four-year UK-US collaboration that is supported by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the US National Science Foundation (NSF). Researchers from the National Oceanography Centre, the University of Southampton, the University of Liverpool, the Scottish Association of Marine Science, the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Miami are involved in this project

The JOIDES Resolution in port in Ponta Delgada. © Claudio Robustelli Test, IODP JRSO

Mega Machine Deep Driller: JOIDES Resolution

to reach sediments that are about 48 million years old,” Field said.Yet as is the cliché, all good things must come to an end. Expedition 395 marks one of the JR’s last research trips with the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), a platform provided by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) that focuses on the history and structure of the planet as recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks. The final year of full JR operations under the current arrangement will be Fiscal Year 2024, noted the NSF in a press release. The vessel is owned by Overseas Drilling Limited (a

Researchers set up instruments to begin data collection on an ice floe next to USCGC Healy in the Beaufort Sea, Aug. 6, 2023. (Photo: Zane Miagany / U.S. Coast Guard)

US Coast Guard Cutter Healy, Scientists Deploy Ice Stations

team of international scientists to recover and redeploy oceanographic instruments as part of the Nansen and Amundsen Basin Observational System (NABOS). The NABOS instruments have collected Arctic data for more than 20 years, contributing to an international body of knowledge through the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Arctic Observing Network.    Commissioned in 1999, the Healy is one of two active polar icebreakers and is the largest and most technologically advanced icebreaker in the Coast Guard.  The crew compliment of 84 supports the primary mission of scientific support

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Marine Technology Society Celebrates 60th Anniversary

as the EMERGE program and the MTS Career Center, and continues to facilitate collaboration through TechSurges and other signature events.In July 2023, MATE Inspiration for Innovation and its signature program, the MATE ROV Competition, which was established thanks to contributions from the National Science Foundation and the MTS ROV Committee, will be integrated into MTS’s program offerings. “By uniting current professionals with the next generation of marine technologists, we are forming a bridge and establishing a route for young professionals to further their progress in marine technology

R/V Taani is docked in Houma, La. after its launch. Once completed, the National Science Foundation-funded vessel will be operated by Oregon State University. (Photo by Daryl Lai / Oregon State University)

Bollinger Launches OSU's New Oceanographic Research Vessel

The first of three new oceanographic research vessels dedicated to advancing marine science along U.S. coasts was successfully launched Thursday.The ship, R/V Taani, is being constructed as part of a project, led by Oregon State University (OSU) and funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), to provide scientists with valuable new tools to study critical issues such as rapidly changing ocean conditions and human impacts on the marine environment.The Regional Class Research Vessel project, supported by more than $390 million in grants, is charged with delivering three nearly identical ships

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