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Ocean Research


November 2016 Issue

RJE Supports Research
With Education Program

RJE International, has been working with oceanography, robotics and engineering programs and universities across the U.S. for the past year by gifting product to aid in their studies and explorations.

These studies focus on: monitoring the Arctic ice sheets and kelp forest in the Aleutian Islands with the University of Alaska; fracture zones and volcanic sediment with the University of Hawaii; being able to predict hurricanes earlier with the University of Maryland; and California Coast eco and seafloor mapping with UC San Diego.

Benioff Ocean Initiative
To Tackle Ocean Problems

The Benioff Ocean Initiative, led by the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), aims to research the root causes of pervasive ocean problems and use science to solve them, supported by funding from Marc and Lynne Benioff. Marc Benioff is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Salesforce, a software company. The couple has gifted UCSB more than $10 million to establish the initiative.

Headquartered at UCSB’s Marine Science Institute, it will be run as a collaboration among ocean scientists worldwide, as well as students. The initiative invites the global public to identify ocean issues that need solving by submitting ideas online at www.boi.ucsb.edu. From each round of crowdsourcing, one top idea will be selected by the initiative’s team of marine scientists, who will then study the problem and research and create a solution.

Human Skeleton Found
In Antikythera Wreck

An international research team discovered a human skeleton during its ongoing excavation of the famous Antikythera shipwreck (circa 65 B.C.), the largest ancient shipwreck ever discovered, which holds the remains of a Greek trading or cargo ship in the Aegean Sea. The first skeleton recovered from the wreck site during the era of DNA analysis, this find could provide insight into the lives of people who lived 2,100 years ago. Led by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the team recovered a human skull including a jaw and teeth, long bones of the arms and legs, ribs, and other remains. Other portions of the skeleton remain in the seafloor, awaiting excavation during the next phase of operations. If enough viable DNA is preserved in the bones, it may be possible to identify the ethnicity and geographic origin of the shipwreck victim.

MacArtney Supplies
Optical Sensor

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, German Centre for Materials and Coastal Research will use an optical sensor to provide a scientific basis for sustainable development and future-oriented coastal management. The LISST-VSF will be used in situ to measure the volume scattering function (VSF) of particles. This Sequoia instrument is available through MacArtney Underwater Technology and marks the first LISST-VSF sale to the European market by the company in its role as exclusive representative of Sequoia Scientific products in the Nordic countries and Germany.

Esri Now a Partner

Esri has partnered in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. The new partnership will help accelerate innovative surveys of the ocean. Esri will donate its ArcGIS Online platform to support the $7 million XPRIZE competition. Teams will compete to develop fast, autonomous deep-sea technologies that can map the seafloor at high resolutions. Competing teams will submit their maps using Esri ArcGIS Online to ensure all participants are judged from a consistent technology platform. NOAA will award a $1 million bonus prize to incentivize teams to develop complementary underwater sensing technology that can detect and track a biological or chemical signal to its source.

Sensor Testing for EU
Biogeochemical Project

CTG’s Dr. John Attridge (technical director) and Dr. Cathy Rushworth Curran (senior scientist) were at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany, to test and integrate the sensors developed under the SenseOCEAN EU FP7-funded project. This was the first time the sensors were incorporated onto the common communications interface developed under SenseOCEAN and led by CTG; a major step toward developing the integrated multisensor suite.

The project aims to advance the ability to measure crucial biogeochemical parameters, including nutrients, micronutrients, the oceanic carbonate system, oxygen, nitrous oxide and chlorophyll, at high precision and accuracy. The project brings together 12 European partners from academia and industry.

Funding for Underwater
Holographic Imaging

FAU Harbor Branch scientists are creating technology that will allow them to view in 3D the millions of microscopic creatures and particles that populate bodies of water, including the Indian River Lagoon (IRL), thanks to funding provided by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

FAU Harbor Branch research professor Dr. Jim Sullivan is the principal investigator on the project and was recently awarded a multiyear grant worth nearly $900,000 from the NSF to pursue work on an underwater holographic imaging system for long-term studies of marine particles, both in the ocean and in the IRL.

The research could help local scientists better understand such topics as harmful algal blooms, spawning and recruitment of fish/coral/shellfish, biophysical interactions, sediment dynamics and a host of other issues relevant to IRL research.

Wreck of HMS Terror
Confirmed in Terror Bay

Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Team confirmed that the wreck located in Terror Bay in Nunavut is that of HMS Terror, the second ship of the ill-fated 1845 Franklin Expedition to find the Northwest Passage.

The validation was based on a side sonar scan survey and three dives on the wreck. A multibeam echosounder was used to complete an additional survey. The next step is to discuss protection of the site.


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