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Breathing New Life Into Fight to Save the Seas with Artificial Intelligence

a crucial thing for us at the front of the project to say, how do we get this thing to run immediately – and deal with all the technical challenges related to that,” explains Sam Pottinger, senior research data scientist at Eric and Wendy Schmidt Center for Data Science and Environment at UC Berkeley.Besides getting immediate results, Pottinger says that it was important to ensure that anyone using the tool could interrogate both the data and the code that manipulates the various policy levers. “It's essential from a scientific, and also a justice and equity standpoint, to be able

The Red Sea coastline near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, home to some of the mangrove ecosystems studied in the Science Advances paper. Image courtesy of Cecilia Martin.

Soil Research Unearths Collecting Point for Plastics

1% of the expected stock is found. In research published today in the journal Science Advances, a collaborative team of researchers has located a sink for this missing plastic—coastal sediments and mangroves forests in particular.The collaborative research, conducted by scientists from KAUST, UC Berkeley, Edith Cowan University, the University of Barcelona, the UN International Atomic Energy Agency, Aarhus University, KFUPM, and IAU details how core samples collected from the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf demonstrate a pattern of sedimentation of plastics. The sediment samples align closely with the

UC San Diego mechanical engineering major Raymond Young works on a team project, sponsored by Boeing, for the class Hacking for the Oceans. His team is developing a software suite of autonomous unmanned surface vehicle behaviors that could help scientists monitor the environment for harmful algal blooms. Image Courtesy UC San Diego

Hacking 4 Environment: Oceans - Creating Entrepreneurs from Scientists and Students

Arctic Sea.About the Author: Steve Weinstein is the senior vice president of strategy for the innovation firm BMNT and a board member of The Common Mission Project, BMNT’s non-profit arm dedicated to building an ecosystem of mission-driven entrepreneurs. He also teaches entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley and Stanford

AOT is working to develop a new port, specifically configured to serve Atlantic Ocean wind projects, on 30 acres along the Arthur Kill tidal strait between Staten Island and New Jersey. 
Boone Davis, President & CEO, Atlantic Offshore Terminals

Offshore Wind: Decisions Needed Sooner, not Later

to employment and economic benefits. Those benefits, though, aren’t inevitable.  Laissez faire may not be enough.The topic of OFW and ports and public sector benefits was part of a critical focus at an October forum in California.  Researcher Robert Collier and a team from the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education presented results from a paper titled “CALIFORNIA OFFSHORE WIND: Workforce Impacts and Grid Integration.”Collier’s study presents some sobering conclusions from the UK, the world leader in offshore wind.•Most of the offshore wind workforce

Crab Comms: "It's not hunger pains, I just want to talk ..."

ridges on the claws and arms that are rubbed together to produce noise. But when Jennifer Taylor, an assistant professor at Scripps and lead author of the study, heard the sounds of stridulation from her ghost crabs, neither their legs nor claws were moving.Collaborating with Damian Elias from UC Berkeley, Taylor verified where she thought the noise could be coming from. The stomachs of many crustaceans contain a gastric mill, a three-pronged structure used to grind food. Using lasers to pinpoint areas of the crab that could be responsible for the noise and then analyzing the sound signature, they

Liv Hovem (Photo: DNV GL)

Hovem Named CEO of DNV GL Oil & Gas

and India in DNV GL’s Oil & Gas business. She has more than 25 years of experience in international management, technical advisory and engineering services, research and development in the oil and gas and maritime industries. She has an MSc in Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering from UC Berkeley (1990) and an MSc in Civil Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (1987).   Commenting on her appointment, Hovem said, “I look forward to leading the Oil & Gas business area in its next phase of development. The oil and gas industry has the opportunity

Margaret Leinen

Scripps' San Diego Advantage

regarding the internationally regarded institution and it’s Southern California roots. Can you share with MTR the history of why you are located here in the San Diego area?       The story of Scripps Institution of Oceanography started early in the 20th century when UC Berkeley biologist William Ritter visited San Diego and connected with the Scripps family, which supported a vision of creating a scientific hub that would investigate the ocean and life in it. Their collective hope was that these investigations would eventually add knowledge of great value to the world

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