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The Environmental Studies Program (ESP) is pleased to announce the availability of new findings from six research studies posted online to the Environmental Studies Program Information System (ESPIS) from July-September 2016.

A NOAA-sponsored study established a methodology and baseline for tracking the effects of climate change on coastal marshes.

When it comes to storing carbon, scientists have put a price tag on the value of mangroves in South Florida's Everglades -- and it's in the billions.

A paper published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports shows how higher latitude ecosystems recovered after the World’s most cataclysmic extinction event 252 million years ago. New fossils discovered by Uppsala University palaeontologists record an empty alien world from immediately after the extinction.

A new study published in Scientific Reports by University of Delaware researchers and colleagues reveals that 100 feet below the surface of the ocean is a critical depth for ecological activity in the Arctic polar night—a period of near continuous winter darkness.

It turns out it takes pains for salt marshes to be beautiful, too.

Louisiana’s crumbling coast would suffer devastating flooding and dramatic land loss, leading to mass evacuations within a few decades, if president-elect Donald Trump carries through with his pledge to pull the U.S. out of a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Delegations from Canada, the People’s Republic of China, the Kingdom of Denmark in respect of the Faroe Islands and Greenland, the European Union, Iceland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Norway, the Russian Federation and the United States of America met in Tórshavn, The Faroe Islands, from 29 November to 1 December 2016 to continue discussions concerning the prevention of unregulated commercial fishing in the high seas area of the central Arctic Ocean and related scientific matters.

According to the Nassau Guardian, the government of the Bahamas has decided to nix talks with China to split fishing rights in waters east of Florida.

After considering more than 3.3 million public comments and holding 36 public meetings, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Hopper released the final plan to guide future energy development for the Nation’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for 2017-2022 on 18 November 2016.

On 8 November 2016, the Canadian Ministers of Fisheries and Oceans, the Environment and Climate Change, and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced a $1.5 billion national Oceans Protection Plan.

Imagine Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world, complete with fourteen piers and eleven aircraft hangars, submerged by seawater.

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has developed the first ever global wind speed products based on reflected GPS signals, using data from the UK TechDemoSat-1 satellite. This demonstrates the potential of this technique to improve sampling of ocean surface winds, as well as improve weather monitoring and forecasting by complementing existing satellite measurements from scatterometers and radiometers.

Scheduled for launch in 2021, the NASA Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission will make the first-ever global survey of Earth’s surface water.


In American Samoa, identifying waterways affected by excessive sediment and runoff is vital for properly monitoring and managing coastal, nearshore, and coral reef areas.

A global leader in the provision of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Teledyne Gavia recently participated in the Belgian Navy’s 2016 North Sea Unmanned mine countermeasure (MCM) Trials where unmanned vehicle solutions from Teledyne Marine where showcased.

Digital catalogs of ocean data have been available for decades, but advances in standardized services and software for catalog searches and data access now make it possible to create catalog-driven workflows that automate—end-to-end—data search, analysis, and visualization of data from multiple distributed sources. Further, these workflows may be shared, reused, and adapted with ease.

Fugro and 3D at Depth, a global provider of advanced subsea LiDAR systems and solutions, announce the world's first application of subsea LiDAR data used to 3D Print an accurate 1:1 physical model of a damaged well part.

The International Energy Agency states that 2.5% of global electricity demand is today provided by wind power—and that figure is set to grow by 42% through to 2021.

Teledyne RESON A/S releases a major software update for the HydroSweep deep water multibeam echosounders. It opens the possibility for HydroSweep users to select the hydrographic data acquisition and post processing software of their choice, for maximised survey results and improved efficiency.

OceanServer Technology recently participated in the first ever Unmanned Warrior (UW) in Loch Alsh, Scotland. Part of Joint Warrior, the semiannual, United Kingdom-led training exercise is designed to provide NATO and allied forces with a unique multi-warfare setting in which to prepare for global operations . The event also provides a stage for valuable research and training, on the latest in autonomous naval technologies while simultaneously strengthening international interoperability. Multiple Iver AUVs were put in active roles by members of the Royal Navy, US Navy and the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). The Iver-3 systems were used in a segment of Unmanned Warrior known as Hell Bay, during which groups of underwater vehicles demonstrate how they collaborate to carry out autonomous tasks like target location and recognition.

Several of the Iver3 AUVs were equipped with SeeByte Neptune, an open architecture enabling autonomous multivehicle collaboration. Designed to enhance Mine Counter-Measure (MCM) missions, the system offers launch and recovery software management, water column flight management, static and dynamic exclusion zones, survey and re-acquire tasks, and real-time progress and status monitoring. The Iver3 MCM systems come equipped with high resolution side-scan sonar, RDI Explorer DVL w/ADCP, WHOI Micro modem, Iridium Communications and an operator console. OceanServer Technology, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of man-portable Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), three axis digital compasses and high efficiency Lithium Ion battery solutions. The Iver3 AUV is an affordable, commercial vehicle used by customers around the globe for sensor development, water quality, general survey work, sub-surface security and research. Systems are capable of operating unattended for up to 7-10 hours while carrying a variety of sophisticated payload options. For more information, visit www.ocean-server.com.

What is it about California, the most populous of the United States, and the Pacific Ocean, the world’s largest body of water, covering one-third of the planet, that creates such a powerful crosscurrent of culture, risk and reward, history, economy, and mythology?

EofE Ultrasonics, Korea, has delivered ten sets of scanning sonar Echologger MRS900 to Tetis Group.

R2Sonic LLC, pioneers of Broadband Multibeam Sonar Technology, have developed MultiSpectral Mode™ survey capability, a new dimension for acoustic backscatter.

A new report from NSRI (National Subsea Research Initiative) has identified operations & maintenance (O&M) – particularly inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) activities – as the highest potential area for subsea companies to diversify into offshore wind.

Orion Group Holdings, Inc.’s Heavy Civil Marine Construction segment, Orion Marine Group, was recently awarded a contract for a reconstruction project from the City of Savannah, Georgia worth approximately $22 million.

Sea levels in Rhode Island have been rising at an increasing rate, particularly over the last 30 years.

The ICOMIA World Marinas Conference in Amsterdam (17-19 November 2016) provided the ideal backdrop for the presentation of the latest two Global Marina Institute (GMI) certificates.

After the most successful Ocean Business show ever in April 2015, with almost 5000 visitors from around the world, it is no surprise that the next show in Southampton on 4-6 April 2017 is sold-out, with five months still to go!

Leading experts and professionals from the ocean science and marine technology communities are preparing to gather in California when the successful Oceanology International brand makes its debut in the U.S. in February 2017.