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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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