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How Coral, Mangroves and Seagrass Could be Affected by the Mauritius Oil Spill

a steady flow of nutrients between them. Seabirds nesting in mangroves feed on seagrass meadows and their organic waste is carried onto reefs where it nourishes organisms there.These connections mean that if one ecosystem is damaged, the others are also affected. This ensures that the effects of oil spills are often more severe than they might first appear. Only by monitoring and protecting each of these ecosystems can there be any hope for long-term recovery in the region.The authorsSivajyodee Sannassy Pilly is a PhD candidate in marine ecology at Bangor University.John Turner is a marine biology

BladeBUG is a blade walking inspection robot, focusing on leading edge erosion inspection. Images from ORE Catapult.

Robotics: Autobots Transform in the Offshore Energy Sector

pairing is being developed in Brazil by Repsol, the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and USV firm Tidewise for oil spill detection. Their ARIEL project involves a USV deploying a drone (both with oil spill detectors; camera and thermal on the drone and fluorometer on the USV) to find and track oil spills.These are just a few examples. There are other organizations working in this space, such as the Offshore Robotics for the Certification of Assets (ORCA) Hub, based in Edinburgh, and the more recent EU-funded Atlantis Test Centre for maritime robotics for offshore wind, in Portugal, which is focusing

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New Drifter Buoy Tracks Water Currents

with the unit by sending it a command to change reporting intervals or request essential time sensitive data.MetOcean Telematics said the applications for the STOKES are "endless" due to its overall size, but adds the buoy is ideal for purposes ranging from mapping large-scale ocean currents, oil spills monitoring, environmental monitoring and aiding in search and rescue operations.“The development partnership with Florida State University was invaluable. A group of true professionals who were committed and key contributors to the overall success of the project,” said Tony Chedrawy

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Drifter Buoys Aid Seaweed Research

we gain deeper understanding about how our oceans are changing,” said Gary King, SPOT Regional Sales Manager EMEA at Globalstar. “Many hundreds of SPOT Trace GPS trackers are now involved in oceanography studies around the globe, helping drive informed decision-making on plastic pollution, oil spills and more, and we believe this scientific use of our reliable satellite technology will only grow further.&rdquo

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Complete Oil Spill Monitoring Solutions for Vulnerable Areas

be equipped with additional sensors depending on customer requirements.  The Oil Spill monitoring buoys and land-based systems utilize a real time non-contact hydrocarbon sensor, which is equipped with a pulsed UV LED beam and optical photo-detector with on-board software to enable detection of oil spills autonomously and immediately alert the users to any changes to protect vulnerable areas day and night, even under harsh weather conditions.The Oil in Water buoy systems are equipped with submersible hydrocarbon sensors that can be positioned anywhere in the water column using the mooring systems

Zooglider (top) with a selection of zooplankton imagery the robot has captured. Top photo: Benjamin Whitmore

New Robot Can Sense Plankton Optically and Acoustically

is responding to climate change.Physical oceanographers and engineers led by Scripps’ Russ Davis developed the Spray glider beginning in the late 1990s. The 2-meter-long robot, which can be programmed from a cell phone, has been used to detect and monitor El Niño conditions off California, oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico, and currents in the Solomon Sea. Spray gliders are programmed to run along transects, diving and resurfacing in seesaw fashion as their buoyancy is manipulated by internal bladders. While at the surface, the gliders transmit data back to researchers.Ohman, Davis, development

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Oil Spill Cleanup Device Tailored for the Arctic

response device capable of cleaning up spills in arctic conditions has been launched in an effort to bolster Norway’s spill preparedness.The new device, dubbed Arctic FoxTail, is a winterized version of H. Henriksen’s standard Foxtail vertical adhesion band (VAB) skimmer, which filters out oil spills from the seawater using its sorbent mops. The system is capable of salvaging large quantities of oil after a spill, without much unnecessary water.Tonsberg-based H. Henriksen began to develop the arctic ready system through the Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO)

An artist’s depiction of LRAUV under sea ice. Using photo-chemical sensors, the robot scans the density of a billowing cloud of oil coming from an ocean floor well. The red and yellow objects are parts of a communication system consisting of antennas suspended under ice from a buoy installed on top of the ice.  Graphic by ADAC.

LRAUV: Arctic Oil-Spill-Mapping Robot Put to the Test

As commercial shipping and energy activities picks up in the Arctic region, the prospect of accidental oil spills in this pristine environment remain a concern. In response, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking the lead – through the U.S. Coast Guard – to develop a subsea robotic system to map and report on spills.“Because of ice coverage and the tyranny of distance, it is difficult to get resources and assets up in the Arctic in a quick manner,” said Kirsten Trego, Executive Director of the Coast Guard’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil

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US Government Sued Over Atlantic Seismic Testing

Obama.South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster opposes drilling off the coast of his state. State Attorney General Alan Wilson will send a letter of opposition to Commerce Secretary Ross soon, a spokesman said by phone. More than a dozen states are seeking exemptions from offshore drilling leases."Oil spills don't respect state boundaries," Catherine Wannamaker, senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center said.(Reporting by Harriet McLeod; Editing by Bill Berkrot

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