oceanography instrumentation News

  • Go big or go home: instrumenting the nearshore

    Leaning over the side of the 22-foot boat and pulling up the first line of temperature sensors, oceanographer Jamie MacMahan described the state of the line as the worst bio-fouling he had ever seen. It was slimy and smelly. One down, 34 more to go. This was only a pilot project, but MacMahan’s mantra of ‘Go big or go home’ meant that more than 300 instruments were attached to ...


    By RBR 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 ...


  • U.S. army engineer research & development center- call for proposals

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Funding Opportunity W912HZ10BAA01 The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for various research and development topic areas relevant to its 7 laboratories, including the Coastal and Hydraulics Lab, the Environmental Lab, and the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab. ERDC is responsible for ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Ocean-Climate Links Central to $97.7 Million Research Contract

    WASHINGTON, DC, August 23, 2007 (ENS) - 'No longer will ocean exploration and research be limited to scientists. Everyone with a connection to the web, including students, teachers, decisionmakers and the general public, will be able to have access to these undersea networks, enthused Mark Abbott today. As dean of Oregon State University's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

  • New submersible logger for Turner Designs Cyclops-7 Sensor provides in situ monitoring

    Turner Designs Cyclops-7 Sensors include Blue Green Algae, CDOM/FDOM, Chlorophyll, Crude Oil, Fluorescein Dye, Optical Brighteners, Tryptophan, Refined Fuels, Rhodamine WT Dye, Turbidity Precision Measurement Engineering, Inc. (PME), an internationally known freshwater instrument design corporation is proud to announce the release of the Cyclops-7 Logger, a submersible, portable device that ...

  • Earth Networks Monitoring System Captures Historic High Milestone of Carbon Emissions at Mauna Loa

    For the first time since measurements began in 1958 by acclaimed researcher Dr. Charles David Keeling of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, the ...


  • PME Integrates Turner Design Chlorophyll Sensor For Real-Time Monitoring

    Precision Measurement Engineering, Inc (PME), an internationally known oceanographic and limnologic instrument design corporation, has integrated the Turner Designs Cyclops-7 Chlorophyll sensor to their T-Chain, a multi-sensor string. The T-Chain is a temperature string designed to collect a variety of water column measurements such as temperature, dissolved oxygen, PAR and pressure. The T-Chain ...

  • 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 ...

  • Industry collaboration helps NOC study climate

    Measuring devices being installed on a cargo ship will provide oceanographers with vital data on the oceans’ ability to slow the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as part of a major new collaboration between industry and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). The cargo ship belongs to the China Navigation Company (CNCo) who are partly funding this project. Scientists from the ...

  • Big robot fleet takes to UK Waters

    A fleet of marine robots is being launched in the largest deployment of its kind in British waters. Unmanned boats and submarines will travel 500km (300 miles) across an area off the southwestern tip of the UK. The aim is to test new technologies and to map marine life in a key fishing ground. In total, seven autonomous machines are being released in a trial heralded as a new era of ...

  • 400 ppm CO2 Milestone Marked Using Picarro Technology

    Researchers from SCRIPPS studying atmospheric levels at the Mauna Loa Observatory last week recorded the milestone 400 parts per million (ppm) CO2 concentration using instrumentation from Picarro Inc. The Mauna Loa observatory is a premier atmospheric research facility, and ideal for monitoring climate change due to the undisturbed air and minimal outside influences atop the Big Island of ...


    By Picarro, Inc

  • Free workshops and demonstration of Chelsea Technologies’ sensors and systems at Ocean Business 2007

    Chelsea Technologies Group (CTG) will be providing in-classroom and on water demonstrations of their key products at Ocean Business 2007, the ocean technology training and procurement forum, taking place during 27-29 March at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. This event will provide delegates with an opportunity to actually test-drive the equipment and systems. CTG will be holding ...


    By Chelsea Technologies Group

  • 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 ...

  • Acoustic bubble spectrometer- Gen II from Dynaflow, Inc.

    DYNAFLOW, INC. is pleased to announce the release of Generation II of the ABS Acoustic Bubble Spectrometer©® (ABS) for the measurement of bubble size distributions and void fractions in gas/liquid mixtures. The ABS can be used in a wide variety of applications requiring the monitoring of the bubble population such as high velocity flows, oceanography, chemical engineering, cavitation studies, ...


    By Dynaflow, Inc.

  • 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 ...

  • LI-COR Analyzers Monitoring Carbon Dioxide Worldwide as Atmospheric Levels Reach 400 parts per million

    On May 13, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported a preliminary daily average carbon dioxide (CO2) reading of 400.07 parts per million (ppm) at the Mauna Loa Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii. On May 9, a reading over 400 ppm was reported at the site for the first time ever. But that reading (400.03 ppm) was later revised to 399.89 ppm. The first CO2 ...

  • Outpacing climate change with atmospheric research collaboration

    Tiny particles in air called aerosols create smog, seed clouds, and control how much of the sun's heat makes it through the atmosphere. And yet these particles are the least understood aspect of climate research. Now, two research institutions are working together to tackle the role of aerosols in climate change -- specifically how aerosols from pollution, oceans and wildfires contribute to ...

  • Bruker’s aurora Elite enables almost simultaneous determination of isotope ratios, the ultimate tool for geochemistry research

    The unsurpassed sensitivity of Bruker’s new aurora Elite ICP-MS system, in combination with its low abundance sensitivity and fast scan speed, will now drive applications in the challenging market of geochemistry research. Thanks to ultra-high sensitivity and very short integration ...


    By Bruker Corporation

  • Phosphorus pollution research in great lakes

    NOAA has awarded New York-based Stony Brook University USD285,895 as part of an anticipated three-year, nearly USD500,000 project to determine how different kinds of phosphorous, a nutrient required by all plants for growth, trigger toxic blooms of blue-green algae in the Great Lakes. The project will focus on the algal species Microcystis, which frequently causes massive and unsightly blooms in ...


  • Mixing processes below evaporation reduction covers - a use for the scamp and MSCTI

    Researchers from the Griffith School of Engineering at Griffith University in Australia are assessing a variety of methods for reducing the rate of evaporation. These methods include the implementation of a water cover and chemical films.PME’s MicroScale Conductivity and Temperature Instrument (MSCTI) and the Self Contained Autonomous MicroProfiler (SCAMP) are being used study mixing dynamics in ...

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