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FORCE, Partners Fund New Environmental Monitoring Program

March 25, 2016

Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE), the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA), and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy announced $500,000 in funding to begin a new environmental effects monitoring program (EEMP) at the FORCE site in the Minas Passage. “We need to understand what effects in-stream tidal technologies may have on the marine… Continue Reading »

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Cefas Extends Management Contract with P&OMS

March 24, 2016

Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) has extended the contract for the management of its RV Cefas Endeavour with P&O Maritime Services (P&OMS) for an additional two years. The contract is now set to last until March 2019, bringing the full contract commitment to a total of 10 years. RV Cefas Endeavour, a multi-disciplinary… Continue Reading »

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DNV GL Leads Project to Boost Meshed HVDC Offshore Grids

March 23, 2016

A new project has been launched with aim to investigate the benefits of the meshed offshore transmission grid connecting offshore wind farms to land. Lead by DNV GL, the project, ‘PROgress on Meshed HVDC Offshore Transmission Networks’ (PROMOTioN), planned to last the next four years, is currently the biggest energy project in the EU’s Horizon 2020 research… Continue Reading »

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Would You Name Your Vessel Boaty McBoatface?

March 23, 2016

NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) has launched a campaign for public to name its new GBP 200 million polar research ship. The new research vessel is being built at Cammell Laird, and it is set to sail in 2019. The most popular name chosen by the public has been RRS Boaty McBoatface. The name was… Continue Reading »

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Study Finds Farming, Not Fracking, Behind Rising Methane Levels

March 16, 2016

Farming, not hydraulic fracturing, is responsible for the rise in methane levels in the atmosphere since 2007, according to research from the New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). The amount of methane, a greenhouse gas and a major contributor to climate change, in the earth’s atmosphere is estimated to have grown… Continue Reading »

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WHOI Scientists Find Major Source of Methanol in Ocean

March 14, 2016

Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have discovered a massive, previously unaccounted for, source of methanol in the ocean: phytoplankton. The study found that these microscopic organisms, which form the base of the marine food web, have an ability to biologically produce methanol in the ocean in quantities that could rival or exceed that… Continue Reading »

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Engineers Work on New Anchor System for Floating Wind Farms

March 14, 2016

A team of researchers that includes two engineers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst is working with Vryhof Anchors on developing a new mooring system for floating offshore wind turbines. Reportedly, the system uses an integrated network of anchors and lines to hold dozens or even hundreds of turbines in place in the ocean in… Continue Reading »

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Study Shows How Fault Activity Links to Water Entering Earth

March 9, 2016

Research led by geoscientists at the University of Southampton and with contributions by marine scientists at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is reportedly the first to show a direct link between fault activity and the amount of water entering the solid Earth along faults. The reaction between the deep Earth rocks and… Continue Reading »

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GEOMAR Hosts Delegation from South Korea

March 8, 2016

The ambassador of South Korea to Germany, Kyung-soo Lee, has visited GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. For many years, marine research institutions of both countries have been working together very intensively. During his visit the ambassador underlined the importance of innovative marine research for the welfare of future generations. According to GEOMAR, Korea… Continue Reading »

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Scientists Pre-Programme AUVs to Make Independent Decisions

February 27, 2016

Mark Moline and Kelly Benoit-Bird co-authored a paper on the advantage of linking multi-sensor systems aboard an AUV to enable the vehicle to synthesize sound data in real-time so that it can independently make decisions about what action to take next. Mark Moline, a director of the School of Marine Science and Policy in the University of… Continue Reading »

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