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EOM Offshore Acquires Ocean Tech Services

has acquired the assets and operations of the New Jersey-based marine services provider Ocean Tech Services.Ocean Tech Services has a decade of experience in the offshore renewable energy industry and increases EOM Offshore’s capabilities by providing metocean data collection solutions, subsea remote sensing and offshore logistics. Together, EOM Offshore’s mooring solutions technology development and Ocean Tech Services’ offshore operations capability provide a solution for customers requiring data collection in the harsh marine environment."With a focus on the growing US offshore

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Drones for Coastal Enviro Management

best practices, and describe future developments and applications for coastal ocean observing systems. A comprehensive workshop report is available from the ACT website ( workshop also sought to explore the challenges of truly quantitative multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing in coastal marine environments and the legal and privacy issues associated with using drones in public and private lands and ocean spaces.To promote broad input and cross-sector information-sharing, workshop participants included private-sector UAS technology developers and service providers

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3D at Depth Expands

office locations and launched a new portfolio of services designed to support cohesive workflow efficiencies for offshore oil field design through decommissioning. The new line includes: terrestrial dimensional control to support subsea data collection workflows; subsea tooling design solutions; remote sensing, and real-time LiDAR data collection. These new services will compliment 3D at Depth's existing portfolio of solutions and deliver additional 3D insight to measure, map, analyze and manage more efficiently.Over the past few years, the company’s unique expertise in subsea laser LiDAR

Following days of heavy rain from Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, rivers and bays around the Houston metropolitan area and the Texas coast were full of flood water, which brought muddy, sediment-laden waters inland into the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: NASA Earth Observatory)

How Does River Outflow Impact Coastal Sea Level?

(NSF)’s Division of Ocean Sciences, which funded the research.  “These scientists show that discharge from rivers can play a significant but overlooked role in the interpretation of sea level from downstream tide gauges. The work has important implications for climate models, remote sensing, and the projection of coastal flood risks.”Also collaborating on the study were Steven J. Lentz of WHOI, Klaus Bittermann and Andrew C. Kemp of Tufts University, Rui M. Ponte and Chistopher M. Little of Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc., and Simon E. Engelhart of the University

Ocean Infinity Invest $2.3 Mln in Kraken

companies began their relationship in 2017 when Ocean Infinity awarded a $3 million contract for Kraken’s AquaPix to be integrated onboard Its HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV).It was announced in May this year that Ocean Infinity would help Kraken to develop an ultra-wideband acoustic remote sensing system for seafloor imaging and mapping.The investment comes as the companies are negotiating the terms of a non-binding memorandum of understanding to expand their strategic alliance for cooperation in maritime robotics technology, products and services.Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and

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Lighthouse Lidar Aids 3-year Wind Farm Study

lighthouse was a great experience! We thoroughly enjoyed working with Inch Cape Offshore Limited to get the best wind measurements possible with this a one-of-a-kind solution.”Pre- and post-deployment validations of the ZephIR wind Lidar were conducted against a 91m IEC compliant mast at the UK Remote Sensing Test Site. From analysis of the results there were no significant changes observed in the Lidar’s performance during the 3.5 years, with absolute performance fitting well within the industry standard (IEC) requirement for accuracy on wind speed for a first class, calibrated, well-mounted

The progression from Landsat satellite imagery, to a satellite derived bathymetry surface, to a bENC (Bathymetric Electronic Navigation Chart). The location is Golfo de Guanahacabibes, Cuba. (Credit: Aaron Sager)

MG3 & Satellite Derived Bathymetry

became instantly popular for several reasons with businesses operating in the coastal zone. Safety is the primary one, as the technique requires putting no boats or personnel in the dynamic and dangerous near-shore environment. Just as importantly, damage to the environment is eliminated since the remote sensing process does not involve contact with the water or shore. “There are no airspace concerns with satellite imagery,” added Flemmings. “The DigitalGlobe satellites fly high above airspace restrictions with almost daily access to every spot on the Earth’s surface.”Planning

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OSIL Marine Snow Catchers for NASA Research Project

manufacturer Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have equipped the NASA EXPORTS Field Campaign with three Marine Snow Catchers and will contribute to the upcoming PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) Mission that aims to provide insight into Earth’s ocean and atmosphere using remote sensing.Marine Snow Catchers are large volume water samplers with separable top and bottom sections that allow researchers to collect and characterise suspended and sinking particles in the water column. This provides a greater understanding of the export processes of the oceanic organic carbon cycle

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Kraken Wins Offshore Wind Energy Competition

this competition," said Dr. Jakob Schwender, Managing Director of Kraken Robotik GmbH. "Offshore wind turbine inspection is a burgeoning market opportunity that dovetails nicely not only with Kraken's SeaVision technology but also our future Robotics-as-a-Service strategy. Aligning advanced remote sensing capabilities – such as those provided by our SeaVision system – with underwater robotics and predictive analytics should enable the offshore wind industry to make repair and maintenance activities more evidence based. This should enhance safety, increase efficiency and reduce costs

Phase IV started with a series of ‘work-up’ dives used to practice technical diving techniques and refine the photogrammetric imagery acquisition protocols before visiting deeper sites. Here, NOAA Diver Joe Hoyt swims above the debris field off the stern of wooden bulk carrier New Orleans. He maintains a consistent altitude off the bottom, necessary to ensure broader coverage of the debris field features as the relate to the main vessel remains. (Credit: NOAA, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctua

Cutting Edge Tech Helps Find Lake Huron Shipwrecks

;the ability to use partnerships with other government agencies, university researchers and industry representatives brings the types of technological tools and experts necessary to get the job done.”   During the first phase of the project, completed in April, partners at NOAA’s Remote Sensing Division (RSD), California-based non-profit Oceans Unmanned and Texas-based company Trumbull Unmanned supplied unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and pilots to fly survey missions over Lake Huron. These missions focused on shallow water areas; areas where larger research vessels dare not travel. Within

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Oil Spill Detection: Remote Sensing Equipment Tested

The latest in satellite, airborne and in-water surveillance and communications equipment were recently put to work off the coast of England for an exercise aiming to determine how remote sensing technologies can help identify and monitor oil spills at sea more effectively.   The exercise took place on June 13, 2017 in open sea off the southern coast of England, showcased through Oil Spill Response Ltd.’s (OSRL) Southampton-based Visualization Center, which provided a ‘Common Operating Picture’, integrating data from each of the technology partner’s equipment as well as

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All Eyes on Ireland

systems for the marine environment: the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) at Dublin City University (DCU) was awarded €2.4 million as part of the Beaufort Marine Research Awards and the DCU consortium developed national capacity in areas such as biosensors, analytical science, remote sensing, high-speed separations, optical sensors, biochip platforms, video imaging, image processing and information extraction. A number of follow-up investments have since been made by the Marine Institute through both joint national and EU funding calls.   In addition, the SmartOcean innovation

ICEHORSE Submersible Skimmer recovering oil during prototype testing at BSEE’s Ohmsett Facility. This BSEE-funded research project is part of an effort to improve oil recovery in icy Arctic waters. (Photo: BSEE)

Partners Advance Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology

, Iceland and Norway. Discussion focused on three separate areas that are key to an efficient oil spill response: traditional mechanical response countermeasures such as boom and skimmers, evolving response countermeasures such as in situ burn and dispersants, and response optimization that includes remote sensing devices and common operating pictures.   The U.S. is one of eight nations that serve on the Arctic Council as a permanent member. BSEE serves on the U.S. Delegation to the Arctic Council’s Working Group on Emergency Prevention, Preparedness, and Response, which is one of six working

A diver surveys the wreck of Lucinda Van Valkenburg, a wooden three-masted schooner that sank just north of Middle Island in 1887. (Photo: Tane Casserley/NOAA)

History Meets Technology in Shipwreck Alley

, nearshore water with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and will explore deep, offshore waters using different acoustic surveying systems, looking for the best approach to rapidly collect information.   The first phase of the project will run from April 10 through 21. Sanctuary partners NOAA Remote Sensing Division and Alpena Community College will use cameras onboard UAS to capture images of the shallow waters of North Point Reef, Middle Island, and Black River. The high-resolution photographs will be used to identify shipwreck remains, and also to produce photomosaics that may help with identification

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BMT ARGOSS Launches Ice Charting Capability

improve the service we provide.”   For the past 18 years, BMT ARGOSS has provided a wide range of services aimed at reducing the risks involved with offshore design and operations.  Its expertise in the field of metocean modeling, meteorology and weather forecasting as well as remote sensing data has been utilized for projects in areas such as Yamal, the Baltic Sea, the Caspian Sea and the Sakhalin sea area

A massive rift in the Antarctic Peninsula's Larsen C ice shelf. (Image Credit: NASA/John Sonntag)

Vast Iceberg Poised to Crack off Antarctica

will allow glaciers inland to slide faster towards the sea as temperatures rise because of global warming, raising world sea levels. Several ice shelves have cracked up around northern parts of Antarctica in recent years, including the Larsen B that disintegrated in 2002. Andrew Fleming, remote sensing manager at the British Antarctic Survey who also tracks the Larsen C, said the ice was being thawed both by warmer air above and by warmer waters below. In some cases, big icebergs simply float around Antarctica for years, causing little threat to shipping lanes as they melt. More rarely,

Bishop to Chair UK’s Geological Remote Sensing Group

Charlotte Bishop, Remote Sensing Projects Manager, NPA Satellite Mapping, CGG, has been elected as Chair of the Geological Remote Sensing Group (GRSG).    The GRSG is a special interest group of the Geological Society of London (GeolSoc) and the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc), and while both parent organizations are based in the U.K. the GRSG is an international organization with members around the globe.   Bishop is the youngest Chairs the GRSG has ever had, as well as the first woman in its 27-year history to hold the position. She has served on the Group’s

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