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A microfluidic sensor from Dalhousie (credit: Dartmouth Ocean Technologies Inc. and Sieben Laboratory Dalhousie University)

Environmental DNA Emerging in the Ocean Science Community

into operational ocean observing? Two research labs, The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in California and the Sieben Lab at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.  among others, have been working to address the question.A field-deployed microfluidic sensor (credit: Dartmouth Ocean Technologies Inc. and Sieben Laboratory Dalhousie University)MBARI has been working in this domain for decades. Starting about 25 years ago, it conceived of “ecogenomic sensors,” devices to apply molecular analytical techniques subsea. The Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) was conceived as

Dr. Ralph Rayner

Oi '20 Voices: Dr. Ralph Rayner

scientists, technologists and engineers from across the ocean community and connecting them to a broad range of end-users seeking solutions to their maritime business, safety, and environmental protection needs.  No other event achieves an equivalent breadth of engagement between providers of ocean technologies, intermediaries delivering value added services, and end-users seeking practical solutions to the many challenges of safely and sustainably utilizing the ocean and ocean resources.”Dr. Ralph RaynerYear of first Oi: 1980Dr. Rayner is the Oceanology Conference Chair, a position he has held

Ethan Edson of Ocean Diagnostics demonstrates some of his microplastic sensors. Credit: Ocean Diagnostics.

SMTP Helps to Power Future Ocean Tech

. “We know the good ideas are out there, the resources to develop them have just been too limited,” says the program’s director, Mark Schrope. “We created this “venture philanthropy” model to fill an often-fatal gap in support available for the development of ocean technologies, which typically require something beyond traditional grants in order to achieve full potential and availability.”The organization focuses on technologies working toward sustaining fisheries, enabling ocean research, promoting habitat health, and preventing marine plastic pollution, supporting

A REMUS vehicle shows the traditional four element DVL array (Photo Courtesy Hydroid)

ADCPs & DVLs: Recent Tech Developments

All seagoers know the ocean moves. Some thrive on riding the wind and waves while some hang on and look for a rail downwind with a bit of green in their face. But measuring the movement of the water, or of objects through the water, is a key aspect of many ocean technologies and applications. It is possible to use a principle of sound waves called the Doppler effect to measure motion in water. A sound wave has a higher frequency, or pitch, when it moves to you than when it moves away. You hear the Doppler effect in action when a police car siren speeds past with a characteristic increasing intensity

Philip Adams, Director UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Photo: UMass Dartmouth.

Pioneering Ocean Energy Innovation in New England: Wind and Water

did not fish. It was a win- win.The last panel, moderated by MRECos Executive Director John Miller scanned some of the key R&D assets being directed toward offshore wind development. Anthony Kirincich of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution presented his work to integrate state of the art ocean technologies to be adapted to support offshore wind operations. Chris Niezrecki of UMass Lowell talked about a multiple university R & D collaborative, WINDSTAR which works on many facets of offshore wind engineering and operations. Ravi Paintal presented a rigid sail powered autonomous surface vehicle

Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

Voices: Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

our attendance for San Diego 2019 by an extra thousand to almost 3,000, and our plan is for 4,000-5,000 by 2021.(Photo: Reed Exhibitions)Unlike other events, the USP of Oceanology International is that it brings together buyers from multiple industries and geographies, unified by their interest in ocean technologies. Although the events were created from a marine science perspective, they now derive attendance from up to 17 different ocean tech-buying industries including offshore energy, aquaculture, defense, ports, telecoms, utilities, and many more. This is the template we are working towards for Oi

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Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Finalists to Compete off Greece

The deep seas off southern Greece will be the field test site for the final phase of the three-year Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition, which challenges teams to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery.In this final field-testing round starting in November and running through December, finalists competing for the $4 million grand prize will put their seafloor mapping technologies to a real-world test off Kalamata, Greece.Each team will launch and recover their autonomous underwater technologies from XPRIZE’s Mission Control in

Kongsberg’s Yara Birkeland unmanned container ship concept. (Image: Kongsberg)

Ocean Autonomy: Norway to the Fore

to increase mapping and monitoring coverage by 10 at a tenth of the cost. Another goal is for “safe marine operations anywhere at any sea state at one-tenth of the cost,” says Asgeir Johan Sørensen, Professor and Director of AMOS.Norway has other incentives to produce advanced ocean technologies. The country has ocean areas five to six times larger than its land mass, says Sørensen. Its key industries span fisheries, ocean transport and, for the last 50 years, oil and gas. “We are moving now into offshore wind and aquaculture,” says Sørensen. “To be


Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize Field Pared to 9

seafloor mapped to any decent resolution, and the ocean covers 70 percent of the planet.”   And so proceeds the latest Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize, a race to deliver a disruptive solution to a traditional maritime space in a three-year global competition challenging teams to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean exploration.   “We should be able to use these new and emerging technologies to tackle the problem of mapping our own planet,” said Dr. Virmani. “There is a need for disruption, and we are in the midst of a technology revolution

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