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Industry Shares North Sea Data with Scientists

ecological data as part of a program increase understanding of the influence of manmade structures on the ecosystem of the North Sea.The INSITE Program has attracted recognition and support from industry, government through BEIS and DEFRA, and the scientific community through the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Now in its fifth year, following the completion of a Foundation Phase of research, the Program has moved into a second phase.  A key outcome from the Foundation Phase was that new data is needed to maximize the outcomes from the science program. The second phase of INSITE

The RRS Sir David Attenborough, Britain’s new polar research vessel: the naming ceremony for the ship will be held at shipbuilder Cammell Laird’s yard in Birkenhead, England on September 26.

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Polar RV Sir David Attenborough Naming Ceremony

On Thursday, 26 September, the ceremonial naming of the new British polar research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough will take place at the Cammell Laird Birkenhead shipyard.The ship was commissioned by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council, built by Cammell Laird, and operated by the British Antarctic Survey. This vessel is designed to transform how ship-borne science is conducted in the Polar Regions and its commissioning is part of a major UK Government polar infrastructure investment program aiming to keep Britain at the forefront of world-leading research in Antarctica and the Arctic.

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

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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

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'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

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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

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