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Mappers Look to Chart World's Ocean Floor by 2030

oceans as a forgotten frontier."The project is a collaboration between Japan's philanthropic Nippon Foundation and GEBCO, a non-profit association of experts that is already involved in charting the ocean floor. GEBCO operates under the International Hydrographic Organization and UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency."We are not driven by profit, we are driven by science," Bindra said."There's unanimity within the scientific and the mapping community that a map is essential."Still, the ocean economy is expected directly to contribute $3 trillion to the world economy

World Temperatures Hit New High in 2016

Fahrenheit) above the 20th-century average of 13.9C (57.0F), according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). U.S. space agency NASA reported almost identical data, and the UK Met Office and University of East Anglia, which also track global temperatures for the United Nations, said 2016 was the hottest year on record. Temperatures, lifted both by man-made greenhouse gases and a natural El Nino event that released heat from the Pacific Ocean last year, beat the previous record in 2015, when 200 nations agreed a plan to limit global warming. That peak had in turn

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New Alkaline Battery System for the Oceanographic Market

and warning systems. The PTBS operates as deep as 3000 meters and in temperatures as low as two degrees Celsius. It features a scalable design from 14 to 42 cells resulting in energy output flexibility from 360 to 900 Watt-hours (Wh). In addition, by using alkaline cells, the new system requires no United Nations (UN) transportation testing or certification.   "We worked with Energy Sales on this novel battery solution in our position as an Oceanography hub and have the resources needed to design, test, and review new battery approaches to powering oceanographic sensor systems. This pack designed

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SoCal Tech Focus: Energy Sales

detection and warning systems. It operates as deep as 3000m and in temperatures as low as two degrees Celsius. It features a scalable design from 14 to 42 cells resulting in energy output flexibility from 360 to 900 Watt-hours (Wh). In addition, by using alkaline cells, the new system requires no United Nations (UN) transportation testing or certification.   “This pack designed by Energy Sales will reduce our costs for short term applications,” said Chris Siani, Sr. Electrical Engineer at APL/UW. “Load and pressure tests done at my lab show that this battery pack design operates

The United Nations Development Programme to appoint globally-acclaimed Australian singer-songwriter Cody Simpson to inaugural role during the UN’s first ever Ocean Conference. Credit: UNDP

Musician Cody Simpson is 'Ocean Advocate' for UN

 To mark World Oceans Day on May 8, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)   named Australian musician Cody Simpson as its first-ever Ocean Advocate to help raise awareness of the crucial role the ocean plays in the health of the planet and people.  “I grew up by the ocean and the beach,” said  Simpson during an event held at UN Headquarters in New York. “I want to do everything I can in my own life to protect and preserve the ocean. Just as you should in yours.”   According to UNDP, Simpson will kick off off his new role as part of The

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Teledyne Optech Environmental Monitoring In Focus

; at the Teledyne CARIS International User Group Conference in Ottawa, Canada.   “CZMIL has proved to be ideally suited for rapid environmental assessment and small-object detection,” Marthouse said. “Both the upcoming MTS/IEEE Oceans ‘17 conference and the recent United Nations Ocean Conference during the week of June 5 underline the urgent requirement to more critically monitor our oceans and coastlines. At Teledyne Optech, we were pleased to be part of this ongoing effort.&rdquo

Margaret Leinen, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Dean of the School   of Marine Science. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Margaret Leinen: Putting the Oceans in Focus

Chancellor for Marine Sciences, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Dean of the School of Marine Science in her keynote address said that there are many positive signs regarding the interest, focus and funding for the health and future of the world's oceans.   "To see the United Nations focus on the oceans is a real game-changer for all of us," sadi Leinen. "For the first time in, forever, the focus is on the oceans."   Leinen served as a keynote speaker at the Teledyne event, which has attracted 270 registrants worldwide for a discussion on topics and

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Britain Bans Microbeads; Lawmakers Urge More Action on Plastic

“will be working with industry to explore how we can reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste.”   Eight million tonnes of plastic - bottles, packaging and other waste - are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, says the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).   If current pollution rates continue, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050.   In December, all l93 countries that are members of the United Nations signed a U.N. resolution to eliminate plastic pollution in the sea, a move some delegates

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MTR100: MRV Systems LLC

S2-A, and expanded its product line to include an A-size profiling float, the Air Launched Autonomous Micro-Observer (ALAMO). MRV works with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as suppliers to the international Argo Program, under the auspices of the United Nations. Today, the MRV flagship product S2-A constitutes nearly 50 percent of the of the United States commitment to provide replacement autonomous profiling floats to the Argo program. MRV also provides profiling floats to the U. S. Naval Oceanographic Office and NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental


Philippines' Duterte Green Lights China's Sea Research

.   Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that as chief architect of foreign policy, Duterte allowed China to work with the University of the Philippines in Benham Rise, an area roughly the size of Greece and believed by some scientists to be rich in biodiversity and tuna.   The United Nations declared Benham Rise, off the Pacific coast, part of the continental shelf of the Philippines in 2012. Manila last year renamed it the “Philippine Rise”.   Though China does not lay claim to the area, the lingering presence of its vessels for several months in late 2016 triggered

CARIS 2014 Keynote Speakers Announced

appointed director general of SHOM in June 2010. He is an officier de la Légion d’honneur and commandeur de l’Ordre national du mérite. Wendy Watson-Wright is the Executive Secretary and Assistant Director General of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO).    Headquartered in Paris, IOC-UNESCO has the mandate within the United Nations system for ocean science, observations, data and information exchange and services, including global tsunami warning systems.  It is

Remi Eriksen, CEO, DNV GL. (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL & “The Future of Spaceship Earth”

At a presentation this morning at the United Nations in New York, Remi Eriksen, CEO, DNV GL led a presentation on “The Future of Spaceship Earth,” a global forecast on the outlook for the world to 2050. The skinny: The world needs to move further, faster on multiple fronts to ensure the sustainable future of the planet.    Calling for “extraordinary action” to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) as presented in 2015, Remi Eriksen, CEO, DNV GL introduced “The Future of Spaceship Earth,” a global forecast on the outlook for the world

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Philippines Bans Foreign Research Ships

to operate there.   There was no clear explanation for the about-face by the mercurial Duterte, who has cultivated warm ties with China, ostensibly to attract loans and investments and lessen Manila's dependence on the United States.   The area of focus is Benham Rise, which the United Nations in 2012 declared part of the Philippines' continental shelf. Manila last year renamed it "Philippine Rise".   "Let me be very clear about this: the Philippine Rise is ours and any insinuation that it is open to everybody should end with this declaration," Duterte told

Aqua Comms Taps Bayliff as CEO

Comms in October, 2016, replacing the company’s interim CEO, Greg Varisco, who remains a senior executive of Aqua Comms.   Prior to joining Aqua Comms, Bayliff was advisor and consultant to cable development, private equity and government clients in the industry, and Vice-Chairman of the United Nations joint task force that examined the gathering of disaster mitigation and climate information from the global web of undersea cable systems. He also served as CEO and a board member of Huawei Marine Networks, which he led from a start-up to initial success in the subsea cable construction industry

The MarineE-tech program is led by the National Oceanography Center (NOC) using the RRS James Cook.  Jon Taylor and Neil Crossouard, HR Wallingford scientists, who are taking part in the MarineE-tech research expedition. (Photo: NOC)

Researchers Investigate Mineral Deposits in the Deep Ocean

the Isis ROV, which is part of its national marine equipment pool.  The MarineE-tech partnership also includes the British Geological Survey, HR Wallingford, the University of Bath, Marine Ecological Surveys Ltd, the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), the South Pacific Island Communities, the United Nations’ International Seabed Authority, Gardline Ltd and Soil Machine Dynamics Lt

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IMO: Nitrogen in the Oceans Needs Further Study

reaches the oceans by 50%, on top of natural processes, according to a new report which assesses the magnitude and impacts of anthropogenic atmospheric nitrogen inputs to the ocean.  The study by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), a United Nations advisory body, provides a new estimate of the extent that human beings are altering the cycling of nitrogen in the oceans. Extra nitrogen is reaching the oceans through rain or dust fall, as a result of fossil fuel burning and intensive agriculture.   The natural process of nitrogen fixation

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Efforts to Curb Plastic Litter in Oceans are Working

the Thomson Reuters Foundation.   "If we think a bit more wisely about plastic, especially the single use items we use in our daily life, we can make big changes," said the marine scientist at Britain's governmental Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.   United Nations figures show 8 million tonnes of plastic - bottles, packaging and other waste - enter the ocean each year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain.   Scientists have urged tougher restrictions on plastic waste. In December, almost 200 nations agreed to limit plastic pollution

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