Innovators: Ocean Observation & Science

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JOT CALLS FOR PAPERS: YOUTH AND OCEANS

by wade on March 19, 2014

The Journal of Ocean Technology (JOT) has themed is September 2014 issue around research by new and emerging young scientists involved in the development of innovative ocean technology.   In line with that theme, the production team invites young researchers  either starting their careers or studying at university or college, to submit technical papers for The Journal of Ocean Technology Vol.9, Iss. # 3: Youth and the Oceans.   Read more.

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SMART OCEANS - SMART INDUSTRIES FOR CANADA

by wade on March 18, 2014

(Montreal, QC,17 March 2014) The World Ocean Council (WOC) and Canada’s Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network are co-organizing an international workshop to advance ocean industry data collecting and sharing. The event will set the stage for an initial Canadian Atlantic pilot project on ocean observations by industry, in support of Canada’s commitment to trans-Atlantic research under the “Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation,” with potential for future expansion to the Pacific and Arctic Oceans.
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ECHOSOUNDERS VERSUS AIR BUBBLES IN RESEARCH VESSELS

by wade on March 15, 2014

(HYDRO INTERNATIONAL: 28/02/2014) It is widely recognised that air bubbles may have a negative effect on echosounding systems. Klaus von Bröckel from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany, has written an article about dealing with air bubbles from sweep-down and cavitation processes and outlining experiences with the last three large research vessels (RVs Polarstern, Meteor and Maria S. Merian). The practical experience resulted in the development of an optimised new hull form for the replacement of RV Sonne. Read more.

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LOCAL SONAR INNOVATOR STACKS UP WELL AGAINST INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS

by wade on March 4, 2014

The Feb. 20, edition of HYDRO International featured a story on the introduction of EdgeTech's 2205 AUV-based sonar system which they billed as “Ultra-high-resolution sidescan sonar” but no quantifiable numbers were used. That makes it difficult to determine whether or not they have a  competitive advantage  over, for example, locally based Kracken Sonar Systems Inc.
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STUDY EQUATES MARINE PROTECTED AREAS WITH BAND-AIDS ON CRITICALLLY DAMAGED ECOSYSTEM

by wade on March 4, 2014

(St. John's: 27 Feb. 2014)  A paper co-authored by Memorial University’s Dr. Rodolphe Devillers and an international group of researchers argues that established global marine protected areas (MPAs) are too often a case of all show with no substance and do not adequately protect the most vulnerable areas of the world’s oceans. Read more.