Ocean Observation

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SAExploration Completes Ocean-Bottom Project

The geophysical services provider SAExploration Holdings successfully completed the largest shallow water ocean-bottom marine project in its history.Contracted to SAExploration by a major national oil company, the project, located in the Arabian Sea off the coast of India, utilized over 20 vessels,

Weddell Sea polynya, initally 3,700 square miles, 2017. False color NASA satellite image shows ice

Robotic Data Help Explain Mysterious Holes

The winter ice on the surface of Antarctica's Weddell Sea occasionally develops an enormous hole. In 2016 and 2017, one such hole drew intense curiosity from scientists and the media.Though bigger gaps had formed decades before, this was the first time oceanographers had a chance to truly monitor the unexpected gap in Antarctic winter sea ice.

An illustration of an organism infected with the giant virus known as Mimivirus.

Surprising Enzymes Found in Giant Ocean Viruses

A new study led by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Swansea University Medical School furthers our knowledge of viruses—in the sea and on land— and their potential to cause life-threatening illnesses. Their findings, which examine newly-identified genes

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Nortek Opens Australian Office

Nortek, a leader in Doppler-based measurements in marine environments, has opened the latest of its global network of offices in Melbourne, Australia. This facilitates access to cutting-edge Doppler instrumentation for researchers and engineers in Australia and New Zealand.This is the company’s first office in the region,

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The Great Barrier Reef: 3D Habitat Map

International aquatic remote sensing company EOMAP will showcase its unique contribution to the world-first 3D habitat map of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) at the International Forum on Satellite-Derived Bathymetry, SDB Day 2019, next month in Australia.The mapping project, ‘3D live habitats for

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OSIL Buoy for Coastal Erosion Project

Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have supplied a 1.2m data buoy platform to the “ORION” joint research and development center for use as a real-time monitoring station on an EU-funded project managing coastal erosion.The Harmonized Coastal Corrosion Management Framework for Enhancing the Implementation

Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP) example mooring configurations and data time series.

ASL's 2019 Early Career Scientist Contest

Enter ASL's 2019 Early Career Scientist contest to win the use of an autonomous scientific echo sounder.The goal of this open proposal program is to support the oceanographic research community by lending, free of charge, a battery-powered AZFP (either 125/200/455/769 kHz or 38/125/200/455 kHz configuration),

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NOAA Intros New OceanReports Tool

A new web-based interactive tool for ocean mapping and planning created by NOAA and the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, will give everyone from ocean industries to coastal managers, students, as well as the general public the opportunity to be an ocean explorer from their own computer.

The Falcon, nicknamed 'Yelloweye' on board (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Falcon Helps Endangered Rockfish

Delicious to eat, the rockfish in Washington’s Puget Sound were being fished to levels that threatened extinction.Now scientists at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are undertaking an important conservation study into the threatened rockfish species using a Saab Seaeye Falcon underwater robotic vehicle.

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Scripps Adds New Research Vessel

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego has added to its fleet a fourth research vessel, which was constructed by Armstrong Marine. The research vessel Bob and Betty Beyster is expected to launch in mid-April for use in San Diego.Armstrong Marine of Port Angeles,

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'Elusive' Omura Whale Spotted

A new research paper by Dr. Salvatore Cerchio of the New England Aquarium and recently published in Frontiers in Marine Science shows that the elusive Omura whale has now been spotted in many more tropical and warm temperate waters around the world. After Dr. Cerchio released the first video ever taken of these slender, 33 to 38 ft.