Biological Surveys News

  • El Nino and the IMF force water tariff hikes across the global South

    Domestic water and wastewater tariffs soared in cities across the developing world from 2015 to 2016 as utilities passed on the effects of rising energy costs, reforms to government subsidies and rampant inflation, the latest survey from Global Water Intelligence has found. Tariffs in Northern Europe and Australia meanwhile are finally coming down as efficiency measures bear fruit. The ...

  • Searching for the elements needed for low-carbon technology on the sea-floor

    Today the Royal Research ship (RRS) James Cook will embark on an expedition to discover new sources of the rare metals, critical for low carbon technologies. This forty day investigation will use robotic submarines, autonomous seafloor instruments and drilling to answer questions about what controls the formation of these marine mineral deposits on the floor of the North East Atlantic. Chief ...

  • 2016 AWWA utility compensation survey now available

    The American Water Works Association has announced that the 2016 AWWA Compensation Survey of Water and Wastewater Utilities is now available for purchase. Available for utilities serving populations over 100,000, populations from 10,000 to 100,000, and populations under 10,000, the 2016 survey provides data and analyses of salaries, salary ranges, and compensation practices in the water and ...

  • Little hills have big effect on biodiversity

    New research, published today in Progress in Oceanography by scientists at the NOC and the University of Southampton, show that deep-sea hills increase the biodiversity of forams - a very important group of shelled protozoans. There are over 25 ...

  • Winners of the BBA Pumps 2015 Customer Satisfaction Survey in the Netherlands

    In September, Erwin Brandstätter and Markus Grafeneder of the Austrian company HABAU Hoch- und Tiefbaugesellschaft m.b.H. were warmly received by BBA Pumps in the Netherlands. The two guests were the lucky winners of the 2015 customer satisfaction survey. This prize was won through a raffle which takes place each year. The winner receives an all-inclusive trip to ...


    By BBA Pumps

  • FL, GA, SC Beaches Face 80-95 Percent Chance of Erosion from Hurricane Matthew

    Millions of Americans are currently within Hurricane Matthew’s projected path, and as the powerful storm continues its approach to the Eastern Seaboard residents from South Florida to North Carolina are making preparations for what Matthew may bring. If Matthew’s current track remains constant, one thing is certain - this category four hurricane will bring wide-spread coastal erosion, ...

  • Environmental Baseline Survey in Qatar

    WKC Group completes an Environmental Baseline Survey and Baseline Noise Measurements in Qatar WKC recently undertook an environmental baseline survey within the Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC) on the North Eastern coast of the State of Qatar. Ras Laffan lies on the North Field, the ...


    By WKC Group

  • New technology for remotely mapping beaches

    Science and industry will now be able to map beaches and sandbanks without getting any feet wet. This follows three years of collaborative research resulting in a new commercial licence between National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and Marlan Maritime Technologies to sell new coastal mapping technology. The depth and pattern of sediment on the floor of the intertidal zones changes daily, yet ...

  • UK’s oldest deep-water Marine Protected Area successfully protects coral reefs

    A unique study recently published by scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and University College Cork shows that deep, cold-water corals are very slow to recover from damage. Therefore deep-water Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) protect vulnerable marine ecosystems most effectively when they are put in place before that damage occurs. This study used data from deep-water robots to ...

  • Missing Airliner Found Using Valeport Equipment

    The Underwater Detection of Crashed Airplane (Air Asia QZ8501) has been accomplished using a variety of Marine Survey Equipment including Valeport's MiniSVP Sound Velocity Profiler & CTD Monitor as part of the Indonesian National Agency for Search and Rescue recovery effort. ...


    By Valeport Ltd

  • Hawaii, Fiji, Denmark, Bali and California: 2016 CBE Summer Fellows

    This summer, nine Middlebury Institute students from the Ocean and Coastal Resource Management concentration of the International Environmental Policy degree program are pursuing fully funded internships at top marine organizations around the world through the Center for the Blue Economy. Launched in 2011, the ...

  • EPA Releases Scientific Report Showing U.S. Coastal Waters a Mix of Good and Fair Health

    Biological Quality is rated good in 56% of coastal and Great Lakes nearshore waters. Healthy communities of bottom-dwelling macroinvertebrates (such as worms and clams), which are indicators of biological quality, are supported in these waters. Water Quality is rated fair in 48% of coastal and Great Lakes waters and good in 36% when measuring phosphorus, nitrogen, water clarity, chlorophyll a, ...

  • Shallow Water Hydrographic Surveying Has A New Leader SWiFT SVP

    Following a successful showing at Ocean Business, Valeport has now released the latest addition to its portfolio of sound velocity sensors and profilers, the SWiFT SVP. Initial feedback suggests that it's possibly the best Shallow Water Survey Sound Velocity Profiler available today.    Positioned as the ultimate handheld profiler, the SWiFT SVP has been designed from the outset with ...


    By Valeport Ltd

  • Spain activates alert as oil spill threatens Canary Islands

    Spain's government activated an environmental emergency alert Saturday over oil slicks that threaten pristine beaches on the southwestern Canary Islands. The government activated a level 2 alert after analyzing ocean current data from Spain's Oceanographic Institute, saying the slicks could affect the islands' vulnerable coasts. Level 2 is the second highest alert level. The islands are a popular ...


    By Associated Press

  • AWWA introduces first-ever very small and rural utility compensation survey

    The American Water Works Association is encouraging very small and rural water utilities to participate in its first-ever compensation survey specifically focused on very small and rural water and wastewater systems. The survey results will be complied together for utilities to examine salaries, salary ranges and compensation practices of similarly sized utilities. The ...

  • Sentara Leigh and Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospitals are First in the World to Receive Center of Excellence Designation for Managing Infection Risk

    Today DNV GL announced a new certification program aimed at transforming hospitals’ approach to managing infection risk. DNV GL certified Sentara Leigh and Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospitals in Virginia as the first two Centers of Excellence for its Managing Infection Risk (MIR) Certification, recognizing exceptional processes and an approach to mitigating infection risk that exceeds ...

  • Sustainable Development in Canada – Too many questions unanswered

    This terse opening statement by Canada’s new Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Julie Gelfand signals her serious concerns about the federal governments management of climate change and related issues. The Commissioner said there were far too many unanswered questions about the federal government’s management of greenhouse gas emissions, the environmental ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Farming Blamed For Scottish Beach Pollution

    Farming has been blamed in part for health fears as 14 Scottish beaches fail pollution tests. According to the Scottish Herald, paddlers, surfers, swimmers and bathers at 14 Scottish beaches are being put at risk by pollution from overflowing sewers and farms. The annual survey of Scotland’s bathing waters is shortly due to be released by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and will ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Underwater survey noise affects feeding and social behaviour of harbour porpoises

    Noise from underwater geological surveys may be affecting the feeding and social interactions of harbour porpoises, new research has found. The study, conducted off the north-east coast of Scotland, found that the buzz clicks used by porpoises to hunt and socialise were reduced by 15% during the surveys. Underwater geological surveys are often conducted using seismic airguns. These repeatedly ...

  • Panama Canal Marine Resistivity Survey with SuperStingR8

    The AGI SuperStingR8 with marine streamer and graphite electrodes(US Patent 6,674,286) were deployed along the entire 77-km long Panama Canal at 25m transect spacing to total 773 line-km of data.  This is the largest towed marine resistivity survey of this type to date.  AGI SuperStingR8 Marine resistivity data were successfully used to estimate geotechnical properties of the canal ...


    By Advanced Geosciences, Inc.

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