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With the United States being pummeled over the last couple of years with several high-category, high-damage hurricanes, the University of Delaware's (UD) Cristina Archer discovered an unexpected benefit of large-scale offshore wind farms: they lessen the precipitation caused by these devastating storms.

UC Santa Barbara researchers recommend satellite technology as a way to create more effective, 'true' shark sanctuaries

Microscopic fragments of plastic -- or microplastics -- are pieces of plastic less than 5 mm in diameter and have been widely regarded as a global marine pollutant. Credit: Current Biology, Wright et al.

Science

Microplastics, defined as plastic particles less than 5 millimeters in size, have caused quite a storm within the scientific community over the last decade. Concern surrounding their impact on the marine environment has resulted in bans on microbeads being used in cosmetics as well as public outcry directed towards textile manufacturers, after it was found that a single clothes wash may release up to 700,000 microplastic fibres.

The epaulette shark is a master at adapting to its environment. It is capable of surviving complete anoxia for an hour without ill effects and it’s paired fins allow it to walk across the land in search of better conditions. Credit: Matthew Oldfield Photography.

Science

Coral reefs are synonymous with stunning natural beauty and an incredible amount of biodiversity.

Photo by Wynand Uys

Science

Dolphins, whales and other cetaceans are susceptible to many of the same health hazards as humans including mercury, brevotoxin (e.g. Red Tide), and lobomycosis.

Changes in Atlantic Ocean sea surface temperatures can be used to predict extreme climatic variations known as El Niño and La Niña more than a year in advance, according to research conducted at Korea's Pohang University of Science and Technology and published in the journal Scientific Reports.

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC) have made the scenarios underlying last week's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 1.5°C Special Report publicly available, in an interactive online resource.

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Monday.

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NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided courtesy of the MODIS Rapid Response team.

Regulation

Despite the fury Florence unleashed along the coastline of the Carolinas, the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) reports that areas with wide sandy beaches and high dunes fared well in the face of an unprecedented onslaught of storm surge and waves.

Traditional artisanal fishing has been harmed by EU fishing policies that favour big businesses and ignores other more sustainable approaches to conserving fish stocks, according to new research from the University of Kent.

Front Row - From Left to Right: Rep. Jerome Zeringue, Rachel Archer, Sidney Coffee, Val Marmillion, R. King Milling and Rep. Walt Leger III

Regulation

At the Coastal Wetland Communities Adaptation Leadership Forum hosted by the America's WETLAND Foundation (AWF) convened today at Nicholls State University a recurring theme emerged - Louisiana's coastal communities will survive the rising tide as local governments have taken extraordinary measures and partnered with the state and private industry to save the state's disappearing coastline.

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has launched a new call of a total budget of €18,7 million. The call focuses on 3 topics: Blue Labs (Topic 1), Blue Careers (Topic 2) and Blue Economy (Topic 3). You can receive up to 80% co-financing for you project (65% for Blue Economy topic).

The full program has been announced for the NOC Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) 2018, taking place from 13-15 November at the NOC's waterfront headquarters in Southampton. MATS 2018 promises to be the biggest showcase of its kind to date, with a record number of expert speakers and a wide range of exhibitors lined up.



Bryan McGlinchy, IMCA Diving Manager

Opportunity

Looking to work and live in the South West? Partrac are on the hunt for a talented Principal Oceanographer to join the South Devon team to help deliver innovative, and challenging oceanographic and marine survey projects.

British Antarctic Survey is hosting an event at its Aurora Innovation Centre in Cambridge to bring together thought leaders from the performance clothing industry, academia, and the entrepreneurial landscape to discuss Sustainable Innovations in Performance Clothing. The focus will be to share best practice, give an honest account of successes and challenges, and highlight which barriers and knowledge gaps need to be addressed to accelerate progress.

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Waste Free Oceans (WFO) continuously engages in marine litter clean-ups worldwide and, through “Closing the loop” projects, works with companies to transform the collected waste into innovative and sustainable products. WFO aims to find a balance between providing concrete solutions at source and acting on remediation actions involving a large range of local and regional stakeholders.

i-Tech Services, a Subsea 7 company, has strengthened its underwater inspection and maintenance capability with the provision of new mini ROVs for performing subsea operations in challenging environments.

The NOC has recently purchased and trialled a new type of marine robot called a Deepglider. The vehicle will join the NMF-MARS glider fleet, and will allow the UK science community to collect water column data at depths of up to 6000m.

The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) has released an updated version of the IOOS Model Viewer, in partnership with RPS Ocean Science.

Cefas’ Wave Glider Lyra sailing away on the start of the 41-day mission after being deployed from RV Cefas Endeavour.

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A state-of-the-art technique for mapping and counting schools of fish has been tested on an autonomous marine platform in the North Sea, offering a new method for collecting data on fish stocks.

A new version of an app that could lead to new discoveries about one of the ocean’s most under-appreciated habitats – seagrass - has been launched by Project Seagrass.

RV Investigator research vessel at sea (courtesy of CSIRO)

Companies

Previously, much has been written about the TRIAXUS ROTV - its scope and versatility are testament to the vital nature of its role in the world of Ocean Science.

(L-R) Chelsea’s Brian Phillips and John Ramsden, Sonardyne.

Companies

Leading subsea technology developer Sonardyne International Ltd. has acquired maritime and marine science technology specialist Chelsea Technologies Group Ltd.

Credit: Coral Sea Foundation

Companies

The Coral Sea Foundation are actively seeking partners to share in a unique vessel development program, leading to active operations of their 140ft multihull expedition yacht.

Photo by Cassie Boca

Companies

Multimillion-pound center between Newcastle University and Northumbria University will train scientists to transform our understanding of planet Earth.

The turnkey Launch & Recovery System can deploy and retrieve instrumentation packages to 3,000m and has a safe working load of 4,000lbs.

C-Innovation, LLC (C-I), an affiliate of Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) and its family of companies, has opened a new dock facility in Port Fourchon, La., to expand the capabilities of its Subsea Services group.

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