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The FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) programme has opened its third call for support package applications. Support packages will help commercialize offshore renewable energy technologies by giving free access to FORESEA’s network of test sites. The call is open to technologies ready to deploy and complete testing before 2019. The call runs until 29 September 2017.

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Deep ocean temperatures were generally high throughout the Paleocene and Eocene, with a particularly warm spike at the boundary between the two geological epocs around 56 million years ago. Temperatures in the distant past are inferred from proxies (oxygen isotope ratios from fossil foraminifera). "Q" stands of Quarternary. Graph by Hunter Allen and Michon Scott, using data from the NOAA National Climatic Data Center, courtesy of Carrie Morrill.

56 million years ago, during a period referred to as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), Earth generated an extreme rise in temperatures estimate at 5 to 9°C (9 to 16°F). It is suspected that huge amounts of carbon were released into the atmosphere and oceans in the form of carbon dioxide and methane as Pangaea began to split into separate continents, but there remain plenty of questions. A new sailing expedition hopes to provide some answers; and they are looking for participants.

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The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA), a collaborative RD&D program funded by nine leading offshore wind developers and the Scottish Government, has launched a competition targeted at finding new ways to inspect offshore wind substructures and reduce the cost of offshore wind. The competition is open to innovators with inspection technologies that can provide information and data on grout integrity and welds for both monopiles and jackets.

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The National Coral Reef Management Fellowship seeks fellows for the following jurisdictions: Florida, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hawai’i, Guam, and American Samoa. Fellows are employed directly through Nova Southeastern University but will be located onsite at each host agency. Interested candidates can apply online by July 11, 2017 at 17:00 EST.

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Watching the sunrise from the EMEC offices on a snowy morning in Stromness. Photo credit: EMEC.

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland is the world’s leading test facility for wave and tidal energy converters, having supported more real-sea deployments than at any other site in the world.

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Team members from the NOAA Fisheries Coral Reef Ecosystem Marine Debris Removal Program stand on a debris pile they gathered at Midway Atoll. Photo credit: NOAA.

The 2017 NOAA Habitat Month digital photo contest recognizes photographers who have captured beautiful and captivating images of coastal and ocean habitat and the people, science, restoration, and protection activities associated with it. NOAA conserves habitat to sustain fisheries, recover protected species, and maintain resilient coastal ecosystems and communities.

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