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Dr. Nicklas Pisias, a professor emeritus at Oregon State University, is the 2018 recipient of the Maurice Ewing Medal, sponsored jointly by the U.S. Navy and the American Geophysical Union. (Photo courtesy of the AGU)

Oceanographer Pisias Honored by US Navy, AGU

A pioneering oceanographer has been awarded by the U.S. Navy and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for his work to help establish a new scientific field.Dr. Nicklas Pisias, a professor emeritus at Oregon State University, accepted the Maurice Ewing Medal at the December 2018 Fall Meeting of the AGU, a not-for-profit, scientific organization with nearly 60,000 members in 139 countries.The medal, named after trailblazing geophysicist and oceanographer Dr. Maurice Ewing, is given yearly to one honoree in recognition of “significant original contributions to the ocean sciences.”In the late

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Subsea Robotics: SOI Mission Discovers New Hydrothermal Vent and Species

geochemical characteristics of these vent fields were then explored and sampled using ROV SuBastian.Principal Investigators Drs. Robert Zierenberg from University of California Davis, Victoria Orphan from California Institute of Technology, and David Caress from MBARI, along with scientists from Oregon State University, the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, the Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, demonstrated the multi-disciplinary use of submarine robotics while investigating an

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Construction Starts on OSU's Research Ship

Construction of a new Oregon State University (OSU) bound research ship that will advance the science of coastal environments, and support research on topics such as ocean acidification, hypoxia, and sea level rise, officially began today at Gulf Island Shipyards in Louisiana.Officials from OSU the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Gulf Island Shipyards LLC gathered at the shipyard in Houma, La. for the keel-laying ceremony, marking the start of fabrication of the state-of-the art ship. The ship will be the first in a class of Regional Class Research Vessels funded by the NSF.During the ceremony

The research vessel Neil Armstrong arrived to recover a surface mooring that is part of the OOI Global Array in the Irminger Sea south of Greenland in 2016. (Photo by James Kuo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

NSF Awards Contract to Continue Ocean Observatories Initiative

a five-year, $220 million contract to operate and maintain the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The coalition, led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), with direction from the NSF and guidance from the OOI Facilities Board, will include the University of Washington (UW), Oregon State University (OSU), and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.The OOI is an advanced system of integrated, scientific platforms and sensors that measure physical, chemical, geological, and biological properties and processes from the seafloor to the sea surface in key coastal and open-ocean sites

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PDI to Supply Centerboard for OSU's New Research Vessel

Power Dynamics Innovations LLC (PDI) said it has been subcontracted by Gulf Island Shipyards LLC, to design, engineer, construct, install and test the centerboard system for Oregon State University (OSU)'s new Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV).Gulf Island Shipyards is building the vessel under a contract from OSU, with an option for two additional vessels. OSU has engaged with naval architecture and engineering firm Glosten to lead the design contract of the next class of oceangoing research vessels for the National Science Foundation (NSF).These state-of-the-art 193-foot ships will be

Rapp Marine to Equip New OSU Research Vessel

Rapp Marine said it has been selected by Gulf Island Shipyard, LLC, as the Overboard Handling System Single Source Vendor (OHS SSV) for Oregon State University’s (OSU) 193 ft x 41 ft multi-mission Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV), with the option of two additional vessels. Funding for the RCRV project is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the contract design of the RCRV was developed by Glosten. The first vessel is currently under construction at Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, La.    Under the scope of the OHS SSV, Rapp Marine is responsible for integrating

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Research Vessels: The Fleet is In

environmental monitoring, as well as the technical testing of navigation and radar equipment. The vessel is scheduled to enter service in early 2020.    Regional Class Research Vessels Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. subsidiary Gulf Island Shipyards, LLC, received a contract from Oregon State University (OSU) for the construction of a Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV) with an option for two additional vessels. OSU has engaged with naval architecture and engineering firm Glosten to lead the design and construction of the next class of ocean-going research vessels for the National Science

Autonomous surface vehicle on Kirk Lake in Eugene, Ore., during field trials. (Credit: Dylan Jones)

Smarter Ocean Robotics

of AI in our industry delays progress toward the perfect synergy between humans and machines in the underwater realm.   The problem is, for robots exploring complex ocean environments, ‘smart thinking’ is easier said than done, according to Dylan Jones, a PhD researcher at Oregon State University. Jones talks about his efforts in progressing AI for underwater robotics, and the new algorithms that could lead to smarter vessels and more energy efficient missions.   “At the moment operators tell the vehicle to go from point A to B for example, and the robot will go there

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Uncharted Depths: Exploring the Marianas with SuBastian

system – the site of collision between two of the planet’s tectonic plates. As a result, the area is made up of the three parts; the deep Mariana Trench, shallow to mid-depth Volcanic Arc, and mid-depth to deep spreading Mariana Back-arc. Dr. William Chadwick from NOAA-PMEL and Oregon State University, explained what happens at these sites, “In some subduction zones, including the Mariana system, the over-riding plate is under tension, and as a result, it has developed a back-arc spreading center where it is actually splitting apart along a north-south line. Volcanic activity is

Jane Lubchenco (Photo: OSU)

Marine Ecologist Receives Top National Academy of Sciences Honor

in the application of science to the public good, since 1914. The medal honors individuals “who have worked tirelessly to promote science for the benefit of humanity.”   Lubchenco’s selection as the 2017 Public Welfare Medal recipient was announced January 30.   Oregon State University marine ecologist Lubchenco is the former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator.   “It’s an incredible honor, especially since it comes at a time in history when it’s more important than ever for scientists to engage with the public

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Scientists Find Life at Unexplored Ocean Depths

ROV in tow, a team of leading geologists, chemists and biologists recently returned to the largely unexplored Mariana Back-Arc to search for life at depths greater than 13,000 feet.   Led by Dr. David Butterfield, JISAO, University of Washington, and Dr. William Chadwick, NOAA-PMEL and Oregon State University, the group returned to the Back-Arc for the second phase of a two-part exploration of the region. In 2015, the team of scientists located new hydrothermal vents in the Back-Arc region, including evidence of recent lava flows. This year, the team returned to these vent systems aboard research

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