ocean instrumentation News

  • Tracing CO2 elements in the ocean

    The surface waters of the vast Southern Ocean are suffering from 'marine anaemia' – a serious deficiency in the micronutrient iron. Just as iron deficiency negatively affects the health and productivity of humans and other land-based creatures, so it affects the phytoplankton (microscopic marine plants) existing in the oceanic realm. The environmental consequences of this condition restrict ...


    By Australian Government

  • Real-Time Ocean Observing Systems

    Sea-Bird's Inductive Modem (IM) system for moorings provides reliable, real-time data transmission for up to 100 instruments that can be positioned or repositioned at any depth, without the use of cable connectors. IM moorings use standard plastic-jacketed wire rope as both the transmission line and mooring tension member. The heart of the IM system is an Inductive Modem Module (IMM) that ...

  • Ocean Networks Canada Releases Ocean pH Sensor Verification Report

    Part of Ocean Networks Canada’s broad mandate is to test and validate new technologies for ocean research. Within their array of ocean installations is the Ocean Technology Test Bed (OTTB) in Saanich Inlet, British Columbia, which provides easy access to instruments for long-tem in situ testing. In order to assess the ability of Sea-Bird Scientific’s new SeaFET Ocean pH sensor ...

  • New Technology for Ocean Acidification Research

    Ocean pH has dropped from approximately 8.2 to 8.1 pH over the past 200 years, representing a 25% increase in acidity. The development of better instruments to measure ocean pH, particularly in the deep ocean, is vital to understanding the magnitude and impact of these changes. High-resolution in-situ measurements of pH in the ocean are now possible with innovative adaptations to ion sensitive ...

  • Microplastics discovered in the deep, open ocean

    A unique study by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will provide valuable new insights into the concentrations of microplastics in the open ocean from surface to the sea bed. Professor Richard Lampitt and Dr Katsia Pabortsava, who lead microplastic research at NOC, said “There is considerable uncertainty about the concentration and characteristics of the many ...

  • Jason-2 begins mapping oceans

    Less than a month after the launch of the Jason-2 ocean altimetry satellite, the Ocean Surface Topography Mission has produced its first complete maps. The maps were calculated from the first 10 days of Jason-2’s operational orbit starting on 4 July. After reaching its operational orbit some 1,336 km above the Earth at a 66º inclination, Jason-2 and its experimental predecessor, Jason-1, began ...

  • Global ocean data for global monitoring

    Local weather conditions have always been linked to global climatic developments. Global climatic factors – such as El Nino or La Nina in the Pacific Ocean - have an impact not only on neighbouring continents; their influence is also felt in regions as far removed as continental Europe. With the onset of global climate change, its influence on local weather is getting more distinct. Severe ...

  • Natural Assets: Conservation instruments or instruments for change?

    Nobody is surprised when their water is cut off if they haven’t paid the bill. We admit that companies have to recoup their investments and maintain infrastructure (water withdrawal, treatment, distribution, etc.), on top of paying staff and suppliers. Why don’t we apply the same logic to the services offered by nature? The answer is simple: they are perceived to be free. Year after year, plant ...

  • Another successful day at Ocean Business 2015

    We've had another fabulous days at Ocean Business 2015! Francois Leroy senior vice president Liquid Robotics. together with St Andrews ...

  • Indian Ocean pirates impede climate observations

    Australian scientists have sought the help of the United States and Australian navies to plug a critical gap in their Argo ocean and climate monitoring program caused by Somali pirates operating in the western Indian Ocean. "We have not been able to seed about one quarter of the Indian Ocean since the increase in the piracy and that has implications for understanding a region of ...

  • NASA To Launch Ocean Wind Monitor To Space Station

    In a clever reuse of hardware originally built to test parts of NASA's QuikScat satellite, the agency will launch the ISS-RapidScat instrument to the International Space Station in 2014 to measure ocean-surface wind speed and direction. The ISS-RapidScat instrument will help improve weather forecasts, including hurricane monitoring, and understanding of how ocean-atmosphere interactions influence ...

  • Hydro-International Highlight SWIFT SVP at Ocean Business

    @hydro_intl have highlighted Valeport in its Conference Overview video. @valeportltd have launched its new Sound Velocity Profiler, the SWIFT SVP, and Valeport's Sales and Marketing Manager, Kevin Edwards, points out the key features of this new, exiting product.  The SWIFT SVP is a compact unit that will feature high accuracy SV, Pressure and Temperature as you would ...


    By Valeport Ltd

  • Pioneers of modern ocean science meet to launch book

    On Thursday 8th July 2010, almost one hundred ocean scientists who once worked at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) near Godalming, UK, are to meet at Southampton"s National Oceanography Centre to launch of a book "Of Seas and Ships and Scientists". The book describes the origins of NIO in the inter-war years and during World War II, and its development under the charismatic ...


  • Ocean research drives growth for SEAL Analytical

    Business is booming in the UK for SEAL Analytical, the manufacturer of the AA3HR and QuAAtro automated segmented flow laboratory analyzers. Explaining the recent upturn in business, EMEA Sales Manager Haydon Warner says: “Automated testing of large numbers of samples at very low levels of analysis has been the main driver. Our team of application chemists and engineers are constantly ...

  • Time to stop losing ocean data to vandalism

    More must be done to prevent damage of ocean data buoys that costs money, vital data — and lives, say Sidney Thurston and M. Ravichandran. The global community relies on a rapidly expanding ocean observing network to understand the climate and ecosystems, to help warn against ocean-borne hazards such as tsunamis and storm surges caused by cyclones, and to support sea rescue ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Deep-ocean sentinels on northern climate watch

    Up to 3,000 metres tall and carrying an array of special marine sensors, the moorings were deployed earlier this month as part of an international collaboration to monitor the Timor Passage and Ombai Strait – two strategic deep ocean channels which act as 'chokepoints' in the global system of ocean currents. Valued at over $1 million, the moorings were deployed as part of Australia's ...

  • Teledyne Webb Research Awarded Open Ocean Glider Contract for Ocean Observatories Initiative

    Teledyne Webb Research announced today that it has been selected to provide Open Ocean gliders for the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). This award follows closely on the recent award to Teledyne Webb Research of the Coastal Glider program for the OOI. The Open Ocean Slocum G2 gliders will support the high latitude Global Arrays of the OOI. Similar to the Coastal Glider program, this ...


  • Prince Albert II of Monaco Joins the Global Ocean Commission and UNEP in Calling for Comprehensive Ocean Governance

    With the fate of the Earth's marine environment hanging in the balance and human-induced challenges accelerating, ocean champions from around the globe - including His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and the former Heads of State, Ministers and business leaders of the Global Ocean Commission - have joined forces in a clarion call for comprehensive and integrated ocean governance. The ...

  • Aquatec Group to launch advanced turbidity logger at Ocean Business

    Aquatec Group are pleased to announce the launch of the latest addition to their Sediment? Solved range at Ocean Business in April – the AQUAlogger 310TY advanced turbidity logger. The instrument has new sensing capabilities, user friendly features and subsea data access. The compact logger measures turbidity to 10,000FTU (typical), with optional integral temperature and pressure sensors. ...


    By Aquatec Group Ltd

  • Valeport Launch New SWIFT SVP Product At Ocean Business

    Valeport are using Ocean Business as the launch platform for a new sound velocity profiler, which will be on show for the first time at Ocean Business 2015 in Southampton, UK. Recognised as world leaders in sound velocity technology, Valeport’s latest addition to their porfolio of sound velocity sensors and profilers ...


    By Valeport Ltd

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