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Carpinteria Salt Marsh. Photo Credit: MATT PERKO


Oceanographer uncovers the relationship between size and productivity in one of the world’s most complex ecosystems

Full of rainwater from Hurricane Irene, which drenched New England in August 2011, the Connecticut River sent large amounts of muddy sediment into Long Island Sound. Photo by NASA Earth Observatory


Sea levels in coastal areas can be affected by a number of factors: tides, winds, waves, and even barometric pressure all play a role in the ebb and flow of the ocean. For the first time, however, a new study led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has shown that river outflow could play a role in sea level change as well.

Scientists have detailed how they designed and tested a biodegradable ocean drifter that tracks and measures shallow-depth (0.60 meter) surface currents. Drifters are an important tool that allows researchers to capture data of ocean currents over long periods of time. However, the study authors note that “because of the large numbers involved, drifters must be low-cost, compact, easy to handle, and also made of materials harmless to the environment”.

A Flightwave Edge UAV, piloted by Trent Lukaczyk, soars towards R/V Falkor, while a DJI Mavic, piloted by Manuel Ribeiro, follows behind.


Using multiple autonomous vehicles simultaneously, an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers returns to the US after exploring the North Pacific Subtropical front – a sharp boundary where cold fresh waters from the north meet warm salty waters from the south.

A landmark international study, recently published in Nature Geoscience, shows that the Great Barrier Reef has suffered 5 death events in the last 30,000 years.

A research team has successfully recorded the sound of methane bubbles from the seafloor off the Oregon coast using a hydrophone, opening the door to using acoustics to identify – and perhaps quantify – this important greenhouse gas in the ocean.

Cyanobacteria on the surface of Lake Okeechobee at Port Mayaca on 24 June 2018. According to NOAA, the cyanobacteria covered ninety percent of the lake less than one week later. Photo credit: Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch and Ed Lippisch


For the second time in three years, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has issued a state of emergency in Lee and Martin counties, due to massive freshwater cyanobacteria blooms that have turned Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers into public health hazards.

Cod around a sunken oil rig. Credit: Photo by C. Kuyvenhoven


A large group of international researchers have just published a scientific article in which they encourage environmental authorities across the globe to rethink the idea of removing oil rigs, wind turbines and other installations in the sea when they are worn out.

Credit: International Maritime Organization (IMO)


Seven ASEAN countries have formally launched an ambitious initiative aimed at improving the environmental health of the seas in the region, through the implementation of key International Maritime Organization (IMO) marine environment protection treaties.

On June 19, 2018, President Trump signed an Executive Order Regarding Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on a visit to the UK’s National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. Source: National Oceanography Centre


Government will agree a new strategy to support long-term health of the marine environment.

Long-snouted seahorse © Doug Anderson


The UK’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is now consulting on the third and final tranche of Marine Conservation Zones, which involves the designation of 41 new sites and the addition of further protection to 12 existing sites.

With its theme ‘Back to the Negotiating Table - Working Together’, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Contracts and Insurance Seminar will be held on 20 September.

The University of South Florida College of Marine Science, located in Saint Petersburg, Florida, is actively seeking to fill two open rank positions in oceanography:

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium for Research and Education (LUMCON) seeks to hire two new Assistant Professors in the second phase of a multi-year faculty expansion.

The Global Wind Summit, starting in September in Hamburg, will be the biggest and most important meeting of the wind industry worldwide.

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group will hold its annual public meeting on June 26, 2018 at the Tulane River and Coastal Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Richard Noble OBE pictured with the Bloodhound supersonic car.


A free business event will take place on 12th July 2018 at China Fleet Country Club in Saltash, Cornwall

3D image of Mevagissey Harbour which was generated using data collected by this new vessel


Marine-i, the EU funded program set up to boost the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, has made a grant award to a pioneering hydrographic survey company, Ultrabeam Hydrographic. This company provides ultra-high resolution hydrographic surveys for clients with marine based assets, such as harbors, subsea pipelines and oil and gas platforms.

Echosounders can help quantify biomass in the ocean, such as the Antarctic krill seen here. (Photo © Uwe Kils/Wikimedia Commons.)


With fish and other marine life becoming increasingly important for feeding our growing human population, science-based fisheries management is crucial to keep stocks sustainable. How can acoustic-based scientific instruments contribute in this respect, while also opening up opportunities for interdisciplinary scientific research?

An albatross glider, designed by MIT engineers, skims the Charles River. Photo: Gabriel Bousquet


MIT engineers have designed a robotic glider that can skim along the water's surface, riding the wind like an albatross while also surfing the waves like a sailboat.

Original Image of Pillar coral near Port Everglades, Florida.


Subaquatic imagery analysis plays an essential role in measuring the health of fragile aquatic ecosystems which thrive on the oceans dwindling coral reefs.

Oceanographic equipment manufacturer Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have equipped the NASA EXPORTS Field Campaign with three Marine Snow Catchers and will contribute to the upcoming PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) Mission that aims to provide insight into Earth’s ocean and atmosphere using remote sensing.

REDMOND, Washington, May 8, 2018 — Okeanus Science & Technology, LLC, today announced delivery of a self-contained, Rapid Mobilization Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Launch & Recovery System to Phoenix International Holdings Inc. in Largo, Maryland.

Mike Arnold, CEO of M2 Subsea.


M2 Subsea, the global independent provider of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) services, has secured contracts worth more than £10 million over the past six months.

Swathe Services are pleased to announce that an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV), designed and built by Unmanned Survey Solutions in Hayle, Cornwall, has been purchased by Trondheim University for research studies in Norway.

Teledyne Marine and local manufacturers’ representative, DASCO Equipment, have announced plans to jointly host a Users’ Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on September 18-19, 2018.

On May 19, from The Ocean Cleanup assembly yard in Alameda, a 120-meter section of the cleanup system was towed out of San Francisco Bay and into the Pacific to conduct a tow test.

Backhoe parked along Ninigret Marsh in Rhode Island. The Ninigret Marsh Restoration Project team won WEDA’s 2018 Environmental Excellence Award for Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change.


During its Annual Summit & Expo in Norfolk, Virginia, in June, the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) presented Environmental Excellence Awards, recognizing projects that demonstrate environmental excellence in each of three categories: Environmental Dredging, Navigation Dredging, and Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change.

The demand for AML Oceanographic’s real-time underway profiling system, Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP), has swelled rapidly as organizations seek to reduce costs and improve data quality on both hydrographic and ocean science surveys.