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  • Observing arctic ice-edge plankton blooms from space

    Ongoing climate-driven changes to the Arctic sea-ice could have a significant impact on the blooming of tiny planktonic plants (phytoplankton) with important implications for the Arctic ecosystem, according to new research conducted by scientists at the UK\'s National Oceanography Centre (NOC). Advances in modern satellite technology offer the opportunity to observe and monitor ice-edge blooms at ...

  • The Chelsea Mariner Shuttle for Large Marine Ecosystem Monitoring

    The new Chelsea Mariner Nu-Shuttle is based on the successful Nu-Shuttle towed oceanographic vehicle. It is a generic, robust monitoring system designed for regular monitoring of large marine ecosystems. Undulating behind a research vessel or ship of opportunity it enables a wide range of oceanographic measurements to be made underway from the surface to depths in excess of 150 metres. ...


    By Chelsea Technologies Group

  • Aquatic Bacteria: Possible markers for monitoring arctic climate change

    The study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition, shows that bacterial communities in the six rivers shifted synchronously over time, correlating with seasonal shifts in hydrology and biogeochemistry. The research team documents these patterns through a three-year, circumpolar study of planktonic bacterial communities in the six largest rivers of ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Assure Controls to unveil latest in biosensor technology at connect with CONNECT

    Assure Controls, Inc. announced that they will unveil the latest in Biosensor Technology at Connect with CONNECT, the QwikLite® 200 Biosensor System. For saltwater, freshwater and sediment samples, the QwikLite 200 Biosensor System uses reliable controls as part of single-use disposable test kits, providing the easy, fast and reliable comparisons — and the only quantifiable result for aquatic ...


    By Assure Controls, Inc.

  • Ocean pH value decreasing

    A research project into ocean acidification has increased knowledge about conditions in the Baltic Sea and Kattegat-Skagerrak. When the pH value falls, the whole marine ecosystem is affected. A newly developed measurement technique provides information about natural variations in the oceans, which results in improved environmental monitoring. Since 1850 the pH value of the world’s ...

  • Improving water quality in Europe`s rivers

    The European Water Framework Directive (WFD) urges policy implementation managers to respond to poor ecological, chemical and quantitative status of the water system caused by negative pressures from different drivers. This issue discusses recent experiences with regard to different stages of river basin management strategy, to help us understand how we can safeguard water, an indispensible ...

  • Municipal markets sales manager appointment

    Fluid Imaging Technologies, USA, has hired Jonathan Dawson, of Pownal, Maine as their new sales manager for municipal markets. His role will be to further develop the application of the FlowCAM, in the municipal markets where the system is used to monitor water quality and the activity of microorganisms in reservoirs and other municipal water facilities. Municipal Markets Sales Manager ...

  • Plastic pellets everywhere, and diving robot sensors

    The Dr Fridtjof Nansen is plying the waves of the southern Indian Ocean, trawling for trash. Every time the ship's scientific crew threw down special nets, they hauled in pieces of plastics, underscoring the risk of dramatic upheavals in marine ecosystems even in one of the world's least-known and least-visited environments. An estimated 5 trillion ...

  • North Atlantic ecosystems under threat at `critical` sea temperature

    Rising sea temperatures place various pressures on marine species, sometimes causing dramatic ecosystem-wide changes. A new study has found that in the North Atlantic these 'shifts' tend to occur around a critical temperature threshold. As these temperatures are predicted to reach northern areas of Europe over the coming century, careful monitoring and planning is needed to anticipate and manage ...

  • EPA christens new great lakes research vessel (IL, IN, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA, WI)

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, Paul Anastas today joins Congressman Jim Oberstar, D-Chisholm in the christening of the Lake Explorer II, a new vessel to support EPA research in the Great Lakes Area. The vessel is being commissioned as the RV Lake Explorer II to support EPA research in the Great Lakes—a vast region with over ...

  • UK’s largest marine robot mission is underway off northwest Scotland

    An ambitious two-week mission involving ten marine robots has commenced off northwest Scotland. The third in a series of demonstrator missions, this latest phase sees the largest fleet of marine robotic vehicles simultaneously deployed in UK waters. The mission comprises seven submarine gliders and three surface Wave Gliders that are working together in fleets to collect a range of environmental ...

  • Careful land management protects Mississippi watersheds

    Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists at the National Sedimentation Laboratory (NSL) in Oxford, Miss., are studying how farming practices and conservation strategies can improve water quality in the Yazoo River Delta and beyond. As part of this effort, research leader Martin Locke and his colleagues have been tracking changes in the Beasley Lake watershed for more than a decade. During ...

  • The Institute of Oceanology, China has just taken delivery of a Chelsea SeaSoar towed oceanographic vehicle system

    Note: This press release is intended for media focusing on Ocean Business 9-11 April 2013. If you plan to use it in your online publication I'd be really grateful if you could feature it as near to the exhibition as possible. Thanks!   The Institute of Oceanology Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS), Qingdao, has just taken delivery of a Chelsea ...


    By Chelsea Technologies Group

  • Jenfitch, LLC Announces JC 9450 ROS kills Listeria in less than 10 seconds

    Jenfitch, LLC recently completed a study with the UC Davis Post Harvest Dept using JC 9450 ROS as a reagent in rinse water containing a heavy organic loading.  They found that controlling the ORP above +700 mV, they observed a 6 log reduction in Listeria Monocytogene and Salmonella. JC 9450 ROS is a new generation of disinfectant developed for the 21st ...


    By Jenfitch, LLC

  • Fifth of corals dead: only emission cuts can save the rest, says IUCN

    The world has lost 19 percent of its coral reefs, according to the 2008 global update of the world’s reef status. The report, released by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, of which IUCN is a member, shows if current trends in carbon dioxide emissions continue, many of the remaining reefs may be lost over the next 20 to 40 years. This will have alarming consequences for some 500 million ...

  • Protozoa detect water toxins

    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) biologist Scott Gallager has grand plans for his revolutionary Swimming Behavioural Spectrophotometer (SBS), which employs one-celled protozoa to detect toxins in water sources. The SBS has been selected as a 2010 ‘Better World\' technology by the Association of University Technology Managers. This success story was actually a concept which the US ...

  • Multiple threats to the health of the Baltic Sea

    The Baltic Sea is one of many marine areas facing manmade and natural pressures. Recent changes in the ecosystem have caused serious losses in ecological and economic resources. According to a new study, improved management is needed to restore a healthy ecosystem in the Baltic Sea. This includes closing fisheries to allow cod stocks to recover. This research suggests that both climate and ...

  • ‘Hidden larder’ for sharks and whales revealed in Welsh waters

    The mission saw an unmanned underwater glider travel to an area around 50 miles to the south west of Wales called the Celtic Deep, which is a haven for wildlife but also an extremely busy shipping route and fishing ground. The glider travelled 600 km in 30 days, undertaking nearly 3000 dives from the sea surface to the seabed at a depth of 100m. Data from the glider shows a previously hidden ...

  • EPA Funds Coastal Observation System for Indicators of Ocean Acidification in Casco Bay

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided a total of $85 thousand toward establishing a state-of-the-art coastal observing system in Casco Bay Maine to help coastal managers evaluate the threat of coastal acidification from excess CO2 in the atmosphere. The system was deployed on April 23, 2015. “Ocean acidification resulting from climate change and excess greenhouse gases ...

  • New method for detecting microplastic particles in fish stomachs

    A novel approach for identifying and isolating anthropogenic – including microplastic – particles in fish stomachs has been devised by researchers in Belgium. The new method may enable scientists and policymakers to better assess the presence, quantity and composition of particles ingested by marine life, and improve understanding of the environmental effects of marine plastic ...

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