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A common ling, Molva molva, swims amongst an almost coral reef-like habitat created by oil and gas infrastructure. Image from Insite.

The Decommissioning, Marine Life Connection

; is hopping to address some of the questions.The Insite Program (standing for INfluence of man-made Structures In The Ecosystem) initially ran from 2015-2017. Now, a second, five-year-long phase has started, thanks to some £7.6 million funding; £5 million from the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council, £2 million from the offshore industry and £600,000 from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.Many fish species including common ling, Molva molva, make use of oil and gas infrastructure to hunt, forage and shelter. Image from Insite.Richard Heard

Photo: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Waters West of Europe Drive Ocean Overturning

;t been many measurements of current pathways in the deep ocean anywhere, and none at all of the deepest waters of the northern North Atlantic.”  Primary funding came from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Physical Oceanography Program and the United Kingdom’s Natural Environment Research Council. Additional funding came from the European Union 7th Framework Program and Horizon 2020.Co-authors hailed from Duke; the U.K.’s National Oceanography Center; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; the Scottish Association for Marine Sciences; the Royal Netherlands Institute for

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

'Smart Boulders' Measure Seafloor Avalanches

likely during stormy seasons, which helps forecast periods when they are more likely.”The new study forms part of the NOC’s research portfolio that aims to help protect people and property from marine hazards; it was funded by the David and Lucile Packard 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

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Whale Tracks Found in Areas Targeted for Deep-sea Mining

depths.”This research was published in Royal Society Open Science and was funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Program (FP7/2007-2013) under the MIDAS (Managing Impacts of Deep-seA reSource exploitation) project, grant agreement 603418. Funding was also provided from the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) through National Capability funding to NOC

Number 1 on MTR's list of "Top10 Ocean Influencers" is Yohei Sasakawa, chairman, Nippon Foundation. (Copyright: Nippon Foundation.)

MTR’s “Top 10” Ocean Influencers

collectively turns its attention to unmanned, autonomous vehicles to provide a consistency of presence and economy of scale that is unmatched by manned operations, MTR thought it appropriate to go ‘old school’ on number eight with a nod to Cammell Laird shipyard, the U.K. Natural Environment Research Council and British Antarctic Survey courtesy of its state-of-the-art polar research ship, the 129-m, 10,000-ton RRS Sir David Attenborough. The vessel is still under construction, but recently passed a major milestone when hull number 1390 was launched, scheduled to come into operation in

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OSIL Supply US Antarctic Program with Multi Corer

a 12-station Multiple Corer to Colorado-based ASC, the support contractor to the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), for use in Antarctic waters.The corer will be deployed by upcoming projects in the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration, a joint project of the U.K.’s Natural Environment Research Council and NSF’s Office of Polar Programs, which manages the U.S. Antarctic Program.The corer will be used to investigate the role of the Southern Ocean biological pump in regulating atmospheric carbon dioxide, and to determine the sediment-water fluxes of dissolved compounds in West

The 10,000-metric-ton hull of the RRS Sir David Attenborough glides into the water (Photo: BAS)

RRS Sir David Attenborough Launched

Survey Director Professor Dame Jane Francis.Once in the River Mersey, the hull was towed to the shipyard’s wet basin where the ship will undergo the next stages of construction before entering operation in 2019.The 129-meter Rolls-Royce designed vessel was commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (part of U.K. Research and Innovation) to be operated by the British Antarctic Survey, and is the largest civilian ship to be built in the U.K. in three decades.The £200 million research ship is part of a government polar infrastructure investment program designed to keep Britain

Photo: Houlder

Houlder Joins Sir David Attenborough Celebrations

Survey.CEO Rupert Hare will join members of the project team as hull number 1390, comprising 10,000t of steel, is launched at Cammell Laird Shipyard on July 14.As experts in ship construction, and ice class design in particular, Houlder worked with the British Antarctic Survey and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) initially through the vessel’s concept design and technical specification. The company went on to provide technical support to the procurement process that selected Rolls Royce and Cammell Laird as designer and constructor respectively. Since then, Houlder has provided

Sanchi oil spill modeling - February 2018 (Image: NOC)

Sanchi Oil Spill Puts Coral Reefs at Risk

on the fate of the spill has been limited and we might be missing further areas. So a large-scale monitoring effort is critical if the impact of the spill is to be properly understood.”   The NEMO ocean model is supported by U.K. National Capability funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). This model is widely used by both U.K. and international groups for research into ocean circulation, climate and marine ecosystems, and operationally as part of the U.K. Met Office’s weather forecasting

Dr. Miguel Morales Maqueda (center) with Alicia Mountford and Liam Rogerson, the group from Newcastle University carrying out research in Antarctica as part of the ORCHESTRA project. (Photo: Newcastle University)

Researchers Set out to Study the Southern Ocean

.    Dr. Maqueda said, This has been a true collaboration; internally between the Marine Sciences and Civil Engineering departments of Newcastle University and also externally working with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) on a national research project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), led by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). It is good for Newcastle University to be involved in this project at this stage. This is the first fieldwork season for ORCHESTRA and we hope that our involvement will continue throughout the whole research project.”  

(Credit: Rolls-Royce)

Research Vessels: The Fleet is In

of these ships currently in designe and construction across the globe.   RRS Sir David Attenborough The U.K.’s new polar research ship rose to fame when Boaty McBoatface took the internet by storm as the leading vote getter in an online naming contest. The U.K.’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) eventually chose to call the ship RRS Sir David Attenborough, a name better fit for a $256 million high-tech research ship (though the Boaty McBoatface name will live on via an AUV onboard).   RRS Sir David Attenborough will be one of the world’s most technologically

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