PLOCAN Sends Underwater Glider on Oceanographic Mission

April 16, 2016

An underwater glider has been put into operation in Madeira archipelago waters by a group of technical specialists from PLOCAN, in collaboration with scientists and technicians from Madeira Ocean Observatory (OOM) and Instituto Hidrográfico Portuguese Navy on board the ship NRP-Zaire of the Portuguese Navy. The initiative is framed into the EU-project AtlantOS-H2020, which PLOCAN… Continue Reading »


Sonardyne’s Positioning Technology for RV Neil Armstrong

April 15, 2016

Sonardyne’s deep water acoustic positioning system, Ranger 2 USBL, has been selected for the U.S Navy’s new oceanographic research vessel, RV Neil Armstrong. The ship is operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) on behalf of the Navy and replaces the recently retired RV Knorr, which had been in operation since 1970. With an… Continue Reading »


Italian Navy Minesweeper Inspects Destroyer Wreck

April 13, 2016

Italian Navy’s minesweeper Gaeta has conducted an underwater research on the wreck of the Oriani-class Destroyer Vincenzo Gioberti. The ship sank in August 1943, during the WWII, west of Punta Mesco (La Spezia). It was sunk by a British submarine, the HMS Simoom, which blasted the ship with two torpedoes, breaking it into two pieces…. Continue Reading »


WHOI Welcomes RV Neil Armstrong

April 12, 2016

The research vessel Neil Armstrong arrived to its home port for the first time at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) dock Wednesday, escorted by the WHOI coastal research vessel R/V Tioga, two Coast Guard boats and fireboats from neighboring towns. “What a wonderful day for Woods Hole, for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for Woods Hole… Continue Reading »


GEOMAR Uses New Methods to Date Lava Flows Off Iceland

April 7, 2016

Scientists at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel trying to understand how the Earth’s surface was formed have used new technology to date lava flows at the North Kolbeinsey Ridge about 500 kilometers north of Iceland. They found evidence of large, deep-sea volcanic eruptions, which probably formed almost half of the Earth’s crust…. Continue Reading »


Scientific Diving and Safety Program Oversight

April 5, 2016

Diving is unusual for the breadth of applications it can support. From entry-level recreational tours to hardcore recreational-technical excursions and from uncomplicated commercial projects to offshore saturation, the reasons people spend time underwater are innumerable and varied. Law enforcement, coast guard, and military services all have a toe or an entire leg in the diving… Continue Reading »


Most Severe Coral Bleaching Documented on GBR

March 31, 2016

Aerial surveys of more than 500 coral reefs from Cairns to Papua New Guinea reveal that the most pristine section of the Great Barrier Reef is currently experiencing the worst, mass bleaching event in its history, James Cook University informed. “This has been the saddest research trip of my life,” says Prof. Terry Hughes, convenor… Continue Reading »


University of Dundee to Study Subsea Decommissioning

March 31, 2016

Research that will support decommissioning by exploring approaches to the recovery of subsea structures is to be carried out by the University of Dundee on behalf of Xodus, with support from the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC). Xodus is undertaking the project in order to develop analysis methods and design guidance for the removal… Continue Reading »


SMRU Studies Harbour Seals Decline Using Vodafone Technology

March 30, 2016

Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) at the University of St Andrews is set to begin a study into the sharp decline in Harbour seal populations off Orkney, Scotland, under a three-year Government-backed initiative. Marine scientists at SMRU will attach marine telemetry tags to the fur at the back of the heads of a number of seals,… Continue Reading »


New Study Helps to Reduce Ship-Whale Collisions

March 26, 2016

University of Victoria (UVic) is leading a mission off Flores Island in Clayoquot Sound, north of Tofino, to deepen the knowledge of rare and threatened baleen whales and help protect them from ship strikes. Over the next three weeks, a two-metre underwater ocean glider equipped with acoustic sensors, sonar and hydrophones will allow researchers to track whale movements… Continue Reading »

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