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Ocean Aero to Supply Vehicles for Homeland Security

Directorate (S&T) for a research, evaluation and testing program.Ocean Aero will deliver a mix of its Navigator and Discovery models and working closely with DHS and other program participants—the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), The University of Southern Mississippi, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), and Cherokee Nation Strategic Programs, LLC. Ocean Aero’s vehicles will be deployed in a wide range of ocean environments providing a platform for the integration, testing, and evaluation of a variety of advanced sensors.“This is a strategic

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New Tech Aids US Navy Mapping

Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System (RAMMS), showcased last week during a Naval Oceanography event held at Southern Mississippi’s Marine Research Center, has resulted in improved maritime domain awareness for the US Navy, and demonstrates the value of federal investments in private-sector research, development and commercialization efforts.RAMMS is based on Areté’s Pushbroom Imaging Littoral Lidar System (PILLS), an airborne seabed mapping capability developed through a US Navy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. One of the primary yet challenging goals of SBIR

Gulf of Mexico Sea-surface altitude indicating surface current speed (Image: Louisiana State University / NOAA)

New Research on Gulf of Mexico Loop Current

in the northeastern most areas of oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Data from the systems will provide new, real-time data for model assimilation and validation to better understand the evolution of the LCS. Award Amount: $1,229,424Project Director: Stephan Howden (University of Southern Mississippi)Project Team Affiliation: University of Southern Mississippi in cooperation with CODAR Ocean Sensors, Shell, and Rutgers UniversityInforming the Loop Current Campaign: Data Compilation to Improve Understanding, Simulation and Prediction of the Loop Current SystemThis project will design, develop

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ASV Global to Supply USV to University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has awarded a contract to ASV Global for the provision of a C-Worker 5 Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV). The 18’ USV will be used for testing, training, and establishing procedures and protocols for use of the system by NOAA on future hydrographic programs.    Monty Graham, Director of USM’s School of Ocean Science and Technology (SOST), said, “The C-Worker 5 from ASV Global will be a great addition to support USM’s growing capabilities in Unmanned Marine Systems Certification and our research toward improved mapping and

File photo: NOAA Ship Fairweather underway in Alaska (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Releases 2018 Hydrographic Survey Plans

Chandeleur, La. – This survey area includes active oil and gas exploration areas and future state-leasing waters and is also shoaler than 20 fathoms throughout. This survey will identify hazards and changes in bathymetry.   Mississippi River, La. – The ports of the southern Mississippi River represent the largest part complex in the world and one of the most heavily trafficked waterways in the United States. This survey project supports new, high-resolution charting products for maritime commerce.   Louisiana Coast – This survey project addresses concerns

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How Many Red Snapper Are in the Gulf of Mexico?

Marcus Drymon, Mississippi State University Brett Falterman, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries John Hoenig, College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science Matthew Lauretta, NOAA Fisheries (non-compensated collaborator) Robert Leaf, University of Southern Mississippi Vincent Lecours, University of Florida Steven Murawski, University of South Florida David Portnoy, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Eric Saillant, University of Southern Mississippi Lynne S. Stokes, Southern Methodist University John Walter, NOAA Fisheries

Fifteen students began classes May 1, 2017, at The University of Southern Mississippi, where they are expected to be the first class in the nation to earn a certification in Unmanned Maritime Systems. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Unmanned Maritime Systems: Class in Session

Classes are in session for 15 students at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) expected to be the first in the U.S. to earn a certification in Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS), the only program of its kind in the country.   The goal of the program is teach safe and effective use of mission critical UMS while also providing leverage between federal agencies, private industry and academic research – all in support of the Gulf of Mexico real-world environment.   During the three-month training cycle the students will study nautical science, 3-D positioning, ocean policy,

Ed Gent, Naval Oceanographic Office engineer, greets Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, as Gallaudet boards USNS Maury (Photo: U.S. Navy)

US Navy's New Oceanographic Vessel Sets Sail

to accommodate a moon pool used for launch and recovery of AUVs and other oceanographic systems.    Maury is operated by Military Sealift Command (MSC) and is technically controlled by NAVOCEANO for Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command based at Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi

Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the Gulf of Mexico

NOAA, Deepwater Horizon Trustees Announce Draft Restoration Plans

142 Library Boulevard Houma, LA 70360 Tues., Oct. 20, 2015 5:00 PM Open House 6:00 PM Public Meeting University of Southern Mississippi, Long Beach FEC Auditorium 730 East Beach Boulevard Long Beach, MS 39560 Thurs., Oct. 22, 2015 5:00 PM Open House 6:00 PM Public Meeting

ECOGIG Recovered Lander. This Seafloor Lander was recovered at Sea in November of 2012. (Photo Credit: Beth Orcutt, ECOGIG Consortium, University of Mississippi)

$140m Awarded for GoM Oil Impact Research

Science, "Relationship of Effects of Cardiac Outcomes in Fish for Validation of Ecological Risk," Lead Investigator Martin Grosell University of Texas at Austin, "Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies," Lead Investigator Edward Buskey University of Southern Mississippi, "Consortium for Oil Spill Exposure Pathways in Coastal River-Dominated Ecosystems," Lead Investigator William (Monty) Graham University of Louisiana at Lafayette, "Littoral Acoustic Demonstration Center," Lead Investigator Natalia Sidorovskaia Marine Environmental

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