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Cathx Ocean Launches "Fast Fly" at OI18

Cathx Ocean, designer and manufacture advanced subsea imaging and precision measurement systems for machine learning, launched Fast Fly, its latest range of advanced imaging systems for fast vehicle operations. These include fast model, the next generation laser profilers for dense color point cloud and a dual mode wide-angle laser and still imaging system for general observation class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations. Visitors to Oceanology International 2018 in London can learn about Cathx Ocean’s range of application based services which supports existing and potential

Sonardyne 6G Wideband Acoustics allows simultaneous operations by  multiple platforms. (Courtesy Sonardyne International)

Digital Ocean: Making Subsea Data More Easily Accessible

The digital ocean is a reality and U.K.-based digital communications marine technology firm Sonardyne International Ltd is one of the organizations driving innovation to enable the extension of electronic and communications connectivity into the subsea domain. Based on a presentation given by Tom Rooney, Lead Trainer at Sonardyne, at the Digital Ocean conference held in Galway, Ireland in June 2017, this article describes the current state of play in the subsea acoustics and optical communications technology field, presents examples of the many ways these technologies are being applied and considers

Long-life subsea logging node Fetch was deployed in 550 feet of water to measure ocean temperature and pressure. The Liquid Robotics Wave Glider uploaded the logged data via its high speed acoustic modem, transmitting it to shore via satellite.

Sonardyne, Liquid Robotics and NOAA Collaborate on Ocean Observation Project

In early August off the east coast of America, a team from Sonardyne International Ltd., Liquid Robotics and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) concluded the second leg of an extensive ocean observation technology demonstration project. Using Sonardyne’s Fetch and Tsunami sensor nodes and a Liquid Robotics Wave Glider, the project was performed in collaboration with MARACOOS (Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System), NOAA National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) and managed by NOAA US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Program Office with the

Ocean surface currents around the world. (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio)

The Evolution of Ocean Models

During the 1970s, the first global ocean models emerged at research centers across the U.S. Back then, their construction was basic by modern standards, but like the models of today the researchers creating them aimed to simulate the world’s oceans by coding the mathematical equations of fluid motion on a sphere. Those efforts made use of the most sophisticated computing power available at the time, but realistic simulations of the ocean were years away.   Today, things have moved along.    Ocean modelers are much closer to simulating accurate representations of the real ocean

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Liquid Robotics, NOAA Sign Forecasting Agreement

Liquid Robotics and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the signing of a multiyear, Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) designed to advance ocean observations to improve U.S. weather forecasting, fisheries management and environmental monitoring. The NOAA/Liquid Robotics CRADA combines the significant product capabilities of the Wave Glider, a revolutionary, wave powered unmanned ocean robot, with NOAA’s engineering, data analysis and modeling expertise for applications that will have long-term benefits to the general public. "Over

MTR100 '13 SubChem Systems, Inc.

in 1996, to focus on instrumentation technology for Underwater Chemical Sensing. The company develops, manufactures and sells, to the international market, a unique line of submersible chemical analyzers. The Tech: SubChem Analyzers are designed to be adaptable for deployment on a wide variety of ocean observation platforms including: shipboard profiling or towed sensor arrays, fixed-depth or vertical profiling moorings, autonomous underwater vehicles and gliders. It also provides environmental data collection and analysis software, environmental and ocean engineering consulting services, and technical

First Phase of The Ocean Enterprise Concluded

The Ocean Enterprise: A study of US business activity in ocean measurement, observation and forecasting.   The Maritime Alliance in conjunction with ERISS Corporation has just concluded the first phase of The Ocean Enterprise: A study of US Business activity in ocean measurement, observation and forecasting.  Sponsored by U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), this first of its kind study will help determine the extent of United States private sector activity in support of ocean measurement, observation and forecasting and the use of ocean information to deliver safety, economic

Optech CZMIL airborne lidar bathymeter for seamless topo/bathy mapping

Optech to Present at OI China

Optech announced that it will attend the Oceanology International China 2014 conference in Shanghai, September 3-5, where Dr. Joong Yong Park will discuss coastal mapping trends and how new advanced data fusion techniques using data from a high-power green lidar and a hyperspectral sensor are providing unprecedented coastal environment information. Optech will also be exhibiting with sister Teledyne Marine companies in booth B50, where Dr. Park, Optech, Inc. President Max Elbaz, and others will be available to answer questions about the CZMIL system, including how organizations can benefit from the

Arctic Monitoring Buoy: Photo credit NOAA

Arctic Ocean More Acidic? NOAA Deploys First Monitoring Buoy

NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in partnership with the Marine Research Institute in Iceland has deployed the first high-latitude ocean acidification monitoring buoy in the Atlantic Ocean. The moored buoy is the first of its kind to be deployed north of the Arctic circle in a region where very little is known about how carbon dioxide (CO2) is entering the ocean environment. The buoy, deployed north of Iceland, is equipped with a MAPCO2 monitoring system designed at PMEL that measures CO2 concentrations of the surface water and atmosphere every 90 minutes. The mooring

First IOOS Manual: Image credit NOAA

NOAA Publish IOOS Oceanography Data Manual

The NOAA-led US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) reaches a milestone with publication of its first manual. A Guide to Quality Control and Quality Assurance for Dissolved Oxygen Observations in Coastal Oceans is the first in a series of IOOS manuals designed to improve standardized collection of ocean data which should enhance accuracy of tools, models, and forecasts that affect decisions concerning public safety, our economy, and the marine environment. The manual focuses on best practices for quality assurance and control tests of dissolved oxygen measurements taken by commonly used

Next generation Wave Glider heading out to sea (Photo: Liquid Robotics, A Boeing Company)

Liquid Robotics Debuts Next Generation Wave Glider

sensor payloads and increased energy and storage capacity required for long duration maritime surveillance, environmental monitoring and observation missions.   “From the very first Wave Glider we’ve had a passion and relentless commitment to make the world’s best unmanned ocean robot,” said Roger Hine, CTO and Co-founder, Liquid Robotics. “With our next generation Wave Glider, we've applied learning from approximately 100 years of cumulative water time to enhance an already well-proven design. The result is our Wave Gliders are better prepared than ever before

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A United Front in Ocean Observation

As the world’s oceans become increasingly exposed to rapidly growing pressures, long-term data sets are fundamental for monitoring these processes and understanding the complex and vast oceanic environment. In July 2016, the European Marine Board (EMB), a partnership of major national marine and oceanographic institutes in Europe, identified critical gaps within ocean observation and seafloor mapping capabilities. Their mission, along with many organizations and networks, is to unite existing ocean observing capacity and launch Europe into a time of ocean erudition.   For 20 years the EMB

Water Level Data Quality Control Manual Updated

The U.S. IOOS QARTOD Project Publishes Manual Update for Real-Time Quality Control of Water Level Data   The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Quality Assurance/Quality Control of Real-Time Oceanographic Data (QARTOD) project has released the Manual for Real-Time Quality Control of Water Level Data Version 2.0, which helps data providers and operators to ensure the most accurate real-time data possible.    The U.S. IOOS QARTOD project has published nine data quality-control manuals since 2012, five of which have been revised. The manuals are based on U.S. IOOS-selected

Air-drop Drifter Buoy: Photo courtesy of NOAA

Drifter Buoy 'Army' Patrols the Oceans

Insignificant on their own, but approximately 1,000 of them patrol the world's oceans to record key data for climate monitoring and research. In an era where 2-3 ton satellites that live 10 to 15 years collect millions of observations every day, the much smaller and shorter-lived drifting buoy, or "drifter," may seem like a lightweight—or even a relic. Each drifter is less than 22 feet long, tips the scales at no more than 100 pounds, and lives just 450 days on average. "Because the drifters provide a ground-truth of currents, they are great for combining with satellite

MTR 100: Liquid Robotics Inc.

1329 Moffett Park Drive Sunnyvale, CA, USA 94089 T: + 1 408 636 4200 E: [email protected] http://www.liquidr.com CEO/President: Gary Gysin No. of Employees: 115 The Company Liquid Robotics instruments the ocean with fleets of networked, wave-powered ocean robots, solving critical problems for its defense, oil & gas, commercial, and science customers. Its Wave Gliders are seeking to transform ocean observation, making data collection and monitoring easier, safer, and more cost-effective. With headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA, and engineering & test facility in Kona, Hawaii

WOC Co-organizing International Workshop

WOC Co-organizing International Workshop on The World Ocean Council (WOC) and Canada’s Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network are co-organizing an international workshop to advance ocean industry data collecting and sharing. The event will set the stage for an initial Canadian Atlantic pilot project on ocean observations by industry, in support of Canada’s commitment to trans-Atlantic research under the “Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation,” with potential for future expansion to the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. The three-day

Part of the objects in the Patch are underwater, so the Optech CZMIL’s depth-penetration capability was crucial for surveying. (Image courtesy The Ocean Cleanup)

Teledyne Optech Aids Study of Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Teledyne Optech said it has partnered with The Ocean Cleanup in their Aerial Expedition research mission, where the Optech CZMIL (Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar) carried out the first in a series of low-speed, low-altitude survey flights across the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.    Every year, about eight million tons of plastic enters the oceans. Part of the trash accumulates in 5 ocean garbage patches, the largest located between Hawaii and California. Plastic in these garbage patches over time breaks down into tiny plastic particles that can be eaten by fish and birds, thereby

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