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Subsea LiDar Specialist Ventures into Offshore Geophysical Survey Business

enable a blend of efficient data collection and high data quality to meet and exceed the demands from the end-users, the company said.  Among 3D at Depth's solutions in the new branch is a hovering supervised autonomous AUV/ ROV package and uses the company's Subsea LiDAR (SL) laser with remote sensing technology - inertial navigation coupled with a multibeam echosounder and pipeline and hydrocarbon leak detection sensors. Below is the range of services included in 3D at Depth's new Geophysical Survey Services division, as shared by the company:Rig and platform site surveysGeohazard

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NOAA Selects Woolpert to Collect Topo-Bathy Lidar, Imagery for Remote Hawaiian Islands

;s Shoreline Mapping Services Contract to provide topographic and bathymetric lidar data and imagery for islands in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands chain, mostly within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. This contract is administered by NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey Remote Sensing Division and will support several mission areas within NOAA.Under this task order, Woolpert will deploy its King Air 300 Turboprop aircraft with Leica Chiroptera 4X and Leica HawkEye 4X lidar sensors out of Kaua’i to collect Quality Level 1 topographic and QL2b bathymetric lidar data. The

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WHOI Appoints Douglas C. Webb as Oceanographer Emeritus

a set of problems that helped resolve ocean dynamics.Doug recognized early on that one of the key hurdles facing the oceanographic community and data collection was the ocean’s grand scale and the limited size of the research fleet. He set out to develop and create a toolbox of long-endurance remote sensing platforms that would provide scientists with a better look into the world’s vastly under-sampled oceans. His innovative work includes low-frequency acoustic sound sources used for water mass tracking, long range navigation, and tomography (SOFAR, RAFOS, Tonpilz), Vertical Current Meters

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ARA Taps Coolbaugh as Ohmsett Facility Manager

; needs are met.Dr. Coolbaugh recently retired after 32 years with ExxonMobil Corporation, most recently as the Technology and Advocacy Advisor in the Emergency Preparedness and Response organization. His focus areas have included oil spill response tools such as dispersants, in-situ burning, and remote sensing, in addition to training. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a PhD in Chemistry, as well as a Master of Science in the Management of Technology.  “We are excited to have Tom join our team” said ARA Vice President Doug Meegan. “He brings 30-plus years of experience in chemical

 The JALBTCX team standing with COL. Thomas Asbery, Former District Commander, New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (far right), in front of their aircraft, at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, New York.  Credit:  USACE.

Army Corps' Data Driven to Improve Coastal Projects

Mapping Program. The mission's intent is to acquire regional, high-resolution, high-accuracy elevation and imagery data along the sandy shorelines of the United States on a recurring basis.To obtain this data, JALBTCX uses an aircraft equipped with government-owned state-of-the-art airborne remote sensing platforms.These platforms are comprised of a lidar sensor with both topographic and bathymetric capabilities, and two additional aerial mapping cameras.The lidar's topographic capability measures the elevation of the coastline's beach and dune systems and its bathymetric capability measures

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Global Reef Expedition: Mission to Tonga

clips from the drop-cams are available to view on the KSLOF online Map Portal.Benthic habitat maps are an essential tool in coral reef conservation and marine spatial planning as they provide a snapshot of where reefs are located and give managers an idea of what may be found on the seafloor. The remote sensing data and coral reef maps are useful not only for marine spatial planning, but also as a reference for future research to see how the reefs may change over time.©Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation/Ken MarksThe State of the ReefWith a combination of all these data products, KSLOF scientists

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SubSeaSail G6 Platform Passes the Test

The Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) along with logistical support from the US Navy successfully tested their SubSeaSail G6 platform at multiple coastal sites off the Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. Remote sensing applications for monitoring underwater unexploded ordnance were demonstrated by mounting a passive filter assembly to the G6 platform to detect explosive compounds in the water. Additionally, a water quality sensor was mounted to monitor other water quality parameters including temperature, salinity, depth, and turbidity.  During

Armed and ready: an Ecotone Underwater Hyperspectral Imager, or UHI, attached to an ROV (top) and stand-alone. Photo: Courtesy Ecotone

Pipeline IMR: An All-seeing Eye

the payload and depth ratings for the specific surveys. We have no underwater vehicles (at) Ecotone, but use the vehicles available from the different survey companies.”No, hyperspectral imaging sensors or cameras that ID objects or chemicals aren’t new. It’s the tech used in remote sensing satellites and airplanes, where reflected light of all wavelengths is converted to digital information. Spectral signatures vary by color and chemistry, hence the designation: optical fingerprinting technology.The SpectraPipe UHI has a depth rating of between 500 and 6,000 meters (or between

MTS Welcomes Two New Board Members

of the United States’ first National Ocean Policy.He has published widely in the peer-reviewed literature and made significant contributions to several major federal policy documents. His work has been recognized with awards both in the U.S. and abroad, including for the development of salinity remote sensing technology.Kohut graduated cum laude in 1997 with a B.S. in physics from the College of Charleston and earned his Ph.D. in physical oceanography from Rutgers University in 2002. Kohut was an early adopter of HF Radar and underwater glider technologies and has remained at the forefront of their

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