A seal watches as the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star steams through thick ice floes near Antarctica towards the U.S. National Science Foundation’s McMurdo station, Jan. 8, 2018. The crew of Polar Star will attempt to break through more than 15 miles of ice in McMurdo Sound, sometimes as much as 10 feet in thickness, to resupply NSF facilities there during Operation Deep Freeze. ODF is the U.S. military’s contribution to the NSF-managed, civilian U.S. Antarctic Program, and one of the most difficult U.S. military peacetime missions due to the harsh environment in which it is conducted. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Ens. Christopher Popiel.
Most microplastics come from bigger items – many of them only used once. Photo credit: NERC.
Inspired by the real tuna, BIOSwimmer™ is designed for high maneuverability in harsh environments, with a flexible aft section and appropriately placed sets of pectoral and other fins.
NASA's GRACE satellites (artist's concept) can measure Atlantic Ocean bottom pressure. In 2009, this pattern of above-average (blue) and below-average (red) seafloor pressure revealed a temporary slowing of the deep currents. Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech.
Eric Schott (right) and his graduate student, Matt Spitznagel, take a blood sample from a crab at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center on Tilghman Island. Photo credit: Rona Kobell.
One of the standardized measurements taken at all CARICOMP Caribbean monitoring sites is water turbidity, an indicator of water quality. Decreases in visibility were most likely where human populations increased the most. Photo credit: Karen Koltes.
Transport truck driving along Highway 99, British Columbia, Canada.
A community meeting in Napoleonville, Louisiana, on the Bayou Bridge pipeline on 8 February, 2017, where residents voiced opposition to the project. Photo courtesy of Emily Kasick.
ROV KIEL 6000, an electrically powered work class vehicle operated by GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, holds a manganese nodule with associated fauna. The ROV is manufactured by Schilling Robotics and has an operational depth rating of 6000 m. Photo courtesy of GEOMAR.
Belgium’s Secretary of State for the North Sea, Philippe De Backer.
The SKYF drone, designed by Russian company ARDN technology, has a maximum flight speed of 70 kilometers per hour (43.5 miles per hour) at a maximum height of 3,000 meters (9,843 feet).
Photographs from the GIWW Shoreline Restoration Project from 2015 and 2017. The project has stabilized the shoreline and grown healthy vegetation over the recycled plastics matrix.
Aquabotix’s Integra AUV/ROV is designed for multiple underwater missions across several sectors
Nautilus is the first company to explore the ocean floor for polymetallic seafloor massive sulphide deposits. Nautilus was granted the first mining lease for such deposits at the prospect known as Solwara 1, in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea, where it is aiming to produce copper, gold and silver.
Exxon offshore natural gas production platforms in Gulf of Mexico near coast of Dauphin Island, Alabama (February 2014).
The Wello Penguin – For over 10 years, Wello has been developing a device that captures the energy from passing waves. The 10 MW wave energy park will be the largest in the world.
Pictured from left to right are: Ducks Unlimited volunteers Rusty Legg and Bill Ansell; ConocoPhillips Chairman and CEO Ryan Lance and Phil Precht, director-Coastal Wetlands; and DU volunteer Jim Grant.
MaRINET2 provides free access to a network of offshore renewable testing facilities, such as this testing basin for wave and offshore wind devices at the Lir National Ocean Test Facility, which operates within the MaREI Centre at University College Cork in Ireland.
Julia Gorton, an Explorer-in-Training who worked at the College of Charleston Geology Department’s Visualizations Lab in Charleston, South Carolina, analyzing the ocean floor using data collected from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. Photo courtesy of NOAA.