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Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island is the first commercial offshore wind farm in the country. The Northeast United States holds great economic promise for offshore wind development.


A study released in October 2017 found considerable economic potential for offshore wind development in the United States.

Satellites measured land and ocean life from space as early as the 1970s. But it wasn't until the launch of the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) in 1997 that the space agency began what is now a continuous, global view of both land and ocean life.

The experimental protocol, including navigational protocol of the source ship and transmission schemes of the sonar. Session names reflect both the stimulus presentation and order of presentation. The navigational protocol was identical across experimental sessions but which transmission scheme was used depended on the type of session. The bottom panels show the source level in terms of RMS sound pressure as well as cumulative sound exposure.


Naval efforts to protect endangered whales by gradually increasing the noise levels of sonar have limited benefit, researchers at the University of St Andrews have found.

Scientists from Plymouth Marine Laboratory in the United Kingdom take seawater samples from the English Channel. Credit: Photo courtesy of Karen Tait, Plymouth Marine Laboratory.


The planet is home to a vast number of microscopic living organisms - plants, animals, and bacteria- found from deep sea volcanoes to the highest mountain peaks. These organisms too small to be seen by the naked eye affect both human health and the health of the world’s ecosystems. Despite their centrality to life on Earth, scientists have a limited understanding of their fundamental structure.

Sandia National Laboratories water power engineers Giorgio Bacelli (left), Dave Patterson (center), and Ryan Coe (right) with Sandia’s wave energy converter buoy. Photo credit: Randy Montoya.


Compared to wind and solar energy, wave energy has remained relatively expensive and hard to capture, but engineers from Sandia National Laboratories are working to change that by drawing inspiration from other industries.

New study identifies impacts of ocean-climate variability on biodiversity of pelagic forage species in California Current: A new study from researchers at NOAA fisheries, as part of the Sanctuaries MBON project, quantified biodiversity indices of pelagic forage species that are linked to ocean climate conditions.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of the Army (the agencies) are proposing to amend the effective date of the 2015 rule defining “waters of the United States.”

BOEM has released the latest edition of BOEM Ocean Science magazine, which focuses on the multi-faceted work of BOEM’s Marine Minerals Program (MMP). The program helps18 coastal states manage and prepare for the impacts of coastal erosion, while benefiting the Nation as a whole in many respects.

Sources of discharges and emissions from offshore installations. Image source: OSPAR


According to a new report, downward trends observed in discharges from offshore oil and gas installations can be directly attributed to measures adopted by the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR) and their subsequent implementation by the offshore oil and gas industry.

Bayou Sauvage marsh, where the CPRA has been replenishing the soil so the marsh can provide a buffer from storms. Photo courtesy CPRA.


You’ve probably heard the numbers: Louisiana’s coast loses about one football field of land an hour. Coastal erosion and climate change continue to be some of the biggest problems facing the state. Still, Louisiana has beefed up its investment in finding a solution since Hurricane Katrina, and much of the action is happening in Baton Rouge.

An EU-funded green initiatives project aims to define the port of the future and its challenges.

Key milestones in the evolution of the Ocean and Climate Initiatives Alliance (OCIA).


“The fundament is changing. While the world is facing up to the challenges of Climate Change, we must also address the realities of Ocean Change. Accumulated human activities have created the rise in greenhouse gases that is causing warming atmospheric temperatures, resulting in corresponding warming of the Ocean, deoxygenation and acidification.

Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2018 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world. Applications are accepted through January 28 of each year for enrollment beginning late spring.

The Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry (MC&G) Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) invites exceptional candidates to apply to one or more of our full-time exempt tenure-track positions on our scientific staff.

Aerial view of nature-based shoreline at NOAA laboratory on Pivers Island in Beaufort, North Carolina, in 2014. The shoreline, constructed from salt marsh plants and submerged oyster reef, was planted in 2000 and has successfully prevented erosion of the lawn behind the marsh. Credit: NOAA.


NOAA's National Center for Coastal Ocean Science is seeking to fill a number of contract positions for the aquaculture program. The deadline for application is 3 November 2017.

MODIS Aqua satellite image of the Gulf of Mexico from October 23, 2011, showing areas of elevated chlorophyll a (in red and orange). NOAA analysts monitor these images and other data for areas of high chlorophyll that may be algal blooms.


The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences is recruiting for the Chief of our Stressor Detection and Impacts Division.

Photo credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project.


Texas Sea Grant is seeking two Planning Specialists to work on community planning issues and long-term recovery from Hurricane Harvey. One position will be located in Houston and one position will be located in Corpus Christi.

A narrow road along the Irish coast. The OSPAR Commission serves to protect the marine environment in the North‐East Atlantic Ocean.


OSPAR is looking for a new Deputy Secretary to oversee work related to OSPAR’s Committee on the Environmental Impact of Human Activities.

Echoscope® was used to monitor the cable touch-down position during the cable lay process.


Coda Octopus are delighted to report successful deployment of the Echoscope® real-time 3D sonar system on the Race Bank offshore wind farm project by DeepOcean. The Echoscope® was used for a vast number of tasks including live cable touch-down monitoring and position recording, monitoring of first and second end pull-ins, cable-cut marking and survey of the as-laid inter-array cables.

Corvus Energy has been selected by Wärtsilä as the supplier of a lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for the world’s first full service hybrid fish farm processing and transport vessel. The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus will supply electrical power to the vessel's propulsion system to enable environmentally-friendly and lower cost operations.

Martin Austin (left) explains the Doppler principles and the operation of the Nortek Vector for measuring the suspended sediment flux in the shallow Laugharne estuarine environment.


Students from the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University, have a 30-year tradition of heading to the Laugharne Estuary in south Wales each summer to investigate the sediment dynamics of this energetic environment.

A consortium led by exactEarth Europe and comprising OceanWise, UK Satellite Applications Catapult, Pole Star Space Applications and TeamSurv has completed the demonstration of a new global maritime machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet-of-Things (IOT) platform/service. The project was funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) Integrated Applications Promotion Programme.

The autonomous ocean vehicle Wave Glider was deployed on the central Great Barrier Reef from the AIMS research vessel Cape Ferguson. (From left to right) Scott Bainbridge (AIMS) with Daniel Merritt (Liquid Robotics), Ricardo Puig (Liquid Robotics), Michael de La Chapelle (Boeing) and Shahmi Suhaimee (Liquid Robotics).


In partnership with Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) has demonstrated how a revolutionary high-tech autonomous ocean vehicle, the Wave Glider, can improve monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef and coastal waters.

The Wave Glider near Antarctica’s Palmer Station in December (that’s summer for this region) before starting its epic voyage on the Southern Ocean. Photo credit: Avery Snyder, University of Washington.


The Southern Ocean is key to Earth’s climate, but the same gusting winds, big waves and strong currents that are important to ocean physics make it perilous for oceanographers.

Offshore wind foundations structures await loadout. Photo credit: Gary Norton / NREL 17889


After decreasing prices of crude oil have forced layoffs throughout the oil and gas industry, some of the players in the offshore oil and gas industry are looking toward a new future: offshore wind. Combining the nascent offshore wind industry with decades of offshore engineering, manufacturing, and installation know-how creates an opportunity for traditionally offshore oil and gas companies and rising-star renewables to thrive.

On 2 November 2017, the States of Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island released three reports that set out the context for offshore wind development in the Northeast and reveal its potential economic development benefits.

Integral Consulting Inc. (Integral) has been awarded two contracts with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). As part of a 3-year multi-laboratory research project, Integral’s Marine Science and Engineering group is deploying equipment to collect high-fidelity wave measurement data.

On October 12 Boluda Towage and Salvage’s French subsidiary Boluda France maneuvered the first floating wind turbine in France through the port of Nantes Saint-Nazaire, deploying tugs Croisic and VB Ouragan.

The WOC Ocean Executive Forum will bring together a unique, cross-sectoral panel of CEOs at the 2017 Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) to engage in a high-level plenary discussion to advance industry leadership and collaboration in ocean sustainable development.

UK subsea company Rovco has been awarded a three-year contract to support one of the world’s largest offshore windfarms, Gwynt y Môr, which lies eight miles off the coast of North Wales in the UK.

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