September’s Congressional Wrap Up

2018-10-09T16:40:25+00:00 October 9, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What Passed For the first time in over two decades, five appropriation bills were signed into law before the end of the fiscal year (FY). The first FY 2019 appropriations “minibus” (H.R. 5895, P.L. 155-244) includes $147 billion for agencies included in the Energy-Water, Legislative Branch, [...]

Our Plastic Ocean

2018-10-11T14:49:16+00:00 October 1, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Environment and Public Works committee held a hearing titled, “Cleaning Up the Oceans: How to Reduce the Impact of Man-Made Trash on the Environment, Wildlife, and Human Health?” Why It Matters Plastic is used in countless products — from clothes to [...]

Fish Fights!

2018-09-24T16:34:23+00:00 September 24, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing titled. “Fish Fights: An Examination of Conflicts Over Ocean Resources.” Why It Matters Seafood accounts for 20 percent of the animal protein in the human diet worldwide, and many people around the world depend on [...]

Smooth Sailing For Autonomous Surface Vehicles And Port Optimization In Transportation Hearing

2018-09-17T17:07:24+00:00 September 17, 2018|

(Credit: U.S. Navy) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing titled. “Transportation of Tomorrow: Emerging Technologies That Will Move America.” Why It Matters Safe, reliable maritime transportation is critically important to the blue economy and national security. Marine [...]

Member Highlight: As Nelson Touts Red Tide Research At Mote, Another Potential Bloom Is Detected

2018-09-10T10:27:46+00:00 September 10, 2018|

(Credit: University of South Florida) Autonomous USF robot discovered red tide indicators west of Tampa during mapping exercise. (From Herald Tribune/ By Carlos R. Munoz) -- A new batch of red tide could be brewing west of Tampa. A University of South Florida underwater glider, an autonomous robot that collects subsurface data vital to understanding [...]

Buoying Our Nation’s Economy: The Role Of Ocean Data In Supporting The Blue Economy

2018-07-30T13:42:33+00:00 July 16, 2018|

From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Consortium for Ocean Leadership and the IOOS Association, in conjunction with the Senate Oceans Caucus (chaired by Senators Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)), sponsored a congressional briefing titled, “Buoying our Nation’s Economy: The Role of Ocean Data in Supporting the [...]

Member Highlight: IoT, Data Visualization Warn Coastal Residents about Flooding

2018-05-21T09:52:14+00:00 May 21, 2018|

Spearheaded by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the StormSense project combines IoT sensors, cloud systems, predictive analytics modeling, and data visualization mapping to predict flooding impacts and deliver warnings to residents in the Virginia Beach area. (From Information Week/ By Jessica Davis) -- The sound of the ocean waves may be relaxing when you [...]

Blue Technology: Innovation For The Ocean

2018-05-15T09:16:54+00:00 May 14, 2018|

(Credit: ASV Global) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Consortium for Ocean Leadership Staff What It Was The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing titled “Blue Technologies: Use of New Maritime Technologies to Improve Efficiency and Mission Performance.”  Why It Matters The United States Coast [...]

Illegal Fishing Is Even Darker Than It Seems

2018-04-30T15:27:00+00:00 April 30, 2018|

(Credit: U.S. Coast Guard) What It Was The Oceans Caucus Foundation Congressional briefing titled, “Illegal Fishing And Links To Global Human Trafficking Networks.” This was the second in their national security series, which highlights the ocean’s role in economy, safety, and food securities. Why It Matters Around the world, nations (including the [...]

Science And Technology A Small Slice Of Proposed Defense Budget

2018-03-19T15:41:14+00:00 March 19, 2018|

What It Was The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing titled, “A Review and Assessment of the FY 2019 Budget Request for Department of Defense Science and Technology Programs.” Why It Matters The Department of Defense (DOD) is responsible for protecting our nation. Understanding the ocean, Earth, and [...]

Member Highlight – Deeply Talks: Fighting Illegal Fishing With Big Data, Robots And A.I.

2018-02-20T15:05:34+00:00 February 20, 2018|

(Credit: Getty Images) In this episonde of Deeply Talks, Todd Woody, News Deeply’s executive editor for environment, and a panel of experts talk about how satellites, sensors, artificial intelligence and DNA scanners are creating powerful new tools to fight illegal fishing. Todd is joined by Mark Powell, Vulcan’s senior ocean researcher, and Jake Hanft, an analyst at Schmidt [...]

Novel Technologies Reveal Key Information About Depleted East Pacific Green Sea Turtles

2018-01-31T08:13:20+00:00 January 31, 2018|

(Credit: Cali Turner Tomaszewicz) Populations of green sea turtles living in the eastern region of the Pacific Ocean have rebounded in recent years, but their numbers remain dangerously depleted. Research by led by biologists at the University of California San Diego and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service is offering previously unknown information [...]

The Agency That Helped Create The Internet Now Wants To Wire The Ocean

2018-01-26T13:13:55+00:00 January 26, 2018|

(Credit: Argo) The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has had a hand in some of the most transformational innovations of the last half-century, including the computer network that evolved into the internet, the graphical user interface and passive radar. Now DARPA is seeking proposals for what could be the next big thing: a network of intelligent floats [...]

How Blockchain Is Strengthening Tuna Traceability To Combat Illegal Fishing

2018-01-26T13:07:31+00:00 January 26, 2018|

(Credit: Mern/ AP) In a significant development for global fisheries, blockchain technology is now being used to improve tuna traceability to help stop illegal and unsustainable fishing practices in the Pacific Islands tuna industry. (From International Business Times/ By Candice Visser and Quentin Hanich) -- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Australia, Fiji [...]

Can Hobbits Swim? ‘Mordor Under The Sea’ Found Off Australia

2018-01-25T11:04:10+00:00 January 25, 2018|

(Credit: P. Reynolds, S. Holford, N. Schofield, and A. Ross) Today in news best suited for sneaky little Hobbitses and Shire-folk, scientists unveiled a map of a faraway volcanic realm that has a distinct look of Mordor about it. Unfortunately for any ring bearers, the molten landscape has probably been hidden underwater for millions [...]

Temporary ‘Bathtub Drains’ In The Ocean Concentrate Flotsam

2018-01-23T13:29:45+00:00 January 23, 2018|

An experiment featuring the largest flotilla of sensors ever deployed in a single area provides new insights into how marine debris, or flotsam, moves on the surface of the ocean. (From Science Daily) -- The experiment conducted in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill placed hundreds of drifting [...]

Fish In Protected Areas Found 4 Times More Than Elsewhere

2018-01-19T17:07:57+00:00 January 19, 2018|

(Credit: Octavio Aburto/ Scripps Institution of Oceanography) An international team of researchers has found that the fish population in marine protected areas (MPAs) is more abundant when compared to that in the outside habitat. (From International Business Times/ By ​Rahul K R) -- The researchers used hydroacoustics technology to find that the [...]

Drones Are A New Tool For Duke, UNC Scientists. And They Found Oodles Of Sea Turtles

2018-01-18T12:46:08+00:00 January 18, 2018|

(Credit: Vanessa Bézy/ UNC-Chapel Hill) Scientists from Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill have found a powerful new weapon for counting elusive sea turtles: camera-equipped drones. (From Charlotte Observer/ By Bruce Henderson) -- A drone equipped with a high-resolution digital camera with near-infrared vision helped researchers document hundreds of thousands of olive ridley sea turtles [...]

Marine Robots Detect Whales In The Deep Ocean

2017-12-29T10:31:40+00:00 December 29, 2017|

(Credit: University of East Anglia) Scientists at the University of East Anglia have been recording the sounds made by whales and porpoises off the coast of northern Scotland – using a fleet of pioneering marine robots. (From -- From the metallic clicks of deep-diving sperm whales to the eerie whistles made by pods of [...]

Columbia Engineers Develop Floating Solar Fuels Rig For Seawater Electrolysis

2017-12-20T16:36:53+00:00 December 20, 2017|

(Credit: Justin Bui / Columbia Engineering) Design is the first practical floating solar hydrogen-generating device to perform water electrolysis without pumps or membranes; could lead to low-cost, sustainable hydrogen production. (From Columbia University) -- In a single hour, more energy from the sun hits the Earth than all the energy used by humankind [...]

Unlocking Marine Mysteries With Artificial Intelligence

2017-12-20T16:03:21+00:00 December 20, 2017|

(Credit: John Freidah) Each year the melting of the Charles River serves as a harbinger for warmer weather. Shortly thereafter is the return of budding trees, longer days, and flip-flops. For students of class 2.680 (Unmanned Marine Vehicle Autonomy, Sensing and Communications), the newly thawed river means it’s time to put months [...]

The Earth Is Humming—Here’s What It Means

2017-12-15T12:10:20+00:00 December 15, 2017|

Ocean floor. (Credit: Paul Nicklen, National Geographic Creative) Our blue planet spins suspended in outer space—and it hums, too. European researchers say the Earth's incessant hum originates from the bottom of the ocean. This study, published by researchers from the Paris Institute of Global Physics in the journal Geophysical Research Letters in November, gleans material from ocean-bottom seismometer [...]

An Entrepreneurial Bootcamp For Scientists?

2017-12-11T16:13:03+00:00 December 11, 2017|

What It Was The House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a hearing titled “From lab to market: A review of NSF Innovation Corps” to discuss successes and improvements to the six-year-old program. Why It Matters The number of global problems that could find solutions from the fields of science, [...]

A Model Explains Effects Like The Formation Of Clouds From The Sea

2017-12-04T17:37:40+00:00 November 30, 2017|

All liquids always contain gases in a greater or lesser concentration depending on the pressure and temperature to which it is subjected. These gases almost always end up as more or less small bubbles on the surface of the liquid. When these bubbles explode, especially if they are microscopic, minuscule drops are expelled at great velocity, and the drops almost instantly travel notable distances from the surface of the liquid that they came from.

Antarctic Glacier’s Rough Belly Exposed

2017-11-28T16:54:45+00:00 November 28, 2017|

The melting Antarctic ice stream that is currently adding most to sea-level rise may be more resilient to change than previously recognized. New radar images reveal the mighty Pine Island Glacier (PIG) to be sitting on a rugged rock bed populated by big hills, tall cliffs and deep scour marks.

South Africa Tackles Crime At Sea With Ship-Spotting Satellites

2017-11-14T17:53:28+00:00 November 14, 2017|

In October last year, a fishing boat set out from Velddrif, a small town on South Africa’s west coast. It sailed northwest for about 25 nautical miles (46 kilometres), then turned sharply and headed back the way it had come. Staying clear of coastal settlements, it entered the West Coast National Park marine protected area — a strictly no-fishing zone — where it slowed down and began to sail in a zigzag pattern. “It was obvious what they were doing,” says Niel Malan, a marine biologist who works in South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs in Cape Town. “They were poaching.”

Ocean Sound Waves May Reveal Location Of Incoming Objects

2017-11-02T09:06:22+00:00 November 2, 2017|

New acoustic analysis could pinpoint impacts by meteorites or possibly plane debris. The ocean can seem like an acoustically disorienting place, with muffled sounds from near and far blending together in a murky sea of noise. Now an MIT mathematician has found a way to cut through this aquatic cacaphony, to identify underwater sound waves generated by objects impacting the ocean’s surface, such as debris from meteorites or aircraft. The results are published this week in the online journal Scientific Reports.

Senators Agree Science Is Key

2017-11-30T15:29:48+00:00 October 30, 2017|

The Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing on the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA; P.L 109-479) reauthorization on Tuesday titled “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: Fisheries Science.” The MSA, the nation’s primary law to regulate commercial and recreational fisheries, has enabled rebuilding of numerous U.S. fish stocks and decreased overfishing. Over the last 41 years, science-based management has played an increasingly important role, which should continue with this reauthorization.

Research: Show Us The Value

2017-11-30T15:30:50+00:00 October 23, 2017|

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Energy Management held a hearing, “Broken Beakers: Federal Support for Research.” Subcommittee members agreed on the importance of research and its daily benefits, but the role government should play in funding studies was split along party lines. The three main points of contention had to do with research merit, proposal selection process, and return on investment.

Sticky Tech: Robots That Mimic Remoras Could Expand Ocean Exploration

2017-10-24T12:32:27+00:00 October 18, 2017|

Scientists studied how remoras hitch rides on sharks, rays, and other animals to develop a device that does the same and that potentially could be used to study marine life and further the reach of underwater autonomous vehicles. Li Wen first noticed remoras in 2012. A postdoc at Harvard University at the time, he was working on 3D printing of synthetic shark skin. “I tried to find a nice image of a real shark online, then I noticed that there is always a parasitic fish attached to the shark,” said Wen, now a professor of bio-robotics at Beihang University in Beijing.

NOAA’s Office Of National Marine Sanctuaries And Liquid Robotics Collaborate To Protect Vulnerable Marine Sanctuaries And Ecosystems

2017-10-17T15:45:19+00:00 October 17, 2017|

Liquid Robotics and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) Pacific Islands Region (PIR) announced a multi-year agreement to develop solutions to help protect and preserve the Hawaiian and American Samoa marine sanctuaries and monuments. Liquid Robotics’ Wave Glider, an autonomous surface ocean robot, will be the core technology to conduct long-term environmental monitoring and surveillance of the Pacific’s most diverse and endangered underwater ecosystems. This partnership will help address the critical long-term monitoring and scientific data collection gaps that are not economically feasible with traditional research assets.

Scientists Develop Tool Which Can Predict Coastal Erosion And Recovery In Extreme Storms

2017-10-17T15:12:49+00:00 October 17, 2017|

The damage caused to beaches by extreme storms on exposed energetic coastlines and the rate at which they recover can now be accurately predicted thanks to new research led by the University of Plymouth. Working with the University of New South Wales, scientists have developed a computer model which uses past wave observations and beach assessments to forecast the erosion and/or accretion of beach sediments over the coming year.

A New Wave Of Gadgets Hits The Water To Clean Up Plastic Trash

2017-09-12T09:32:55+00:00 September 12, 2017|

Trash skimmers are being deployed in harbors to collect growing amounts of garbage, but some scientists say resources would be better spent stopping the source of pollution. Kewalo Harbor is one of the Hawaiian capital’s busiest waterways. Each day, dozens of charter, diving and fishing boats filled with people – mostly tourists – motor in and out. Next to the harbor is Ala Moana Beach Park, a popular swimming, surfing and picnic spot. With all those people in and around the harbor comes a lot of trash. Kewalo Harbor, along with other aquatic tourism hotspots, is experiencing serious problems with pollution.

Member Highlight: Liquid Robotics Debuts Next Generation Wave Glider

2017-09-11T10:59:26+00:00 September 11, 2017|

Long-duration unmanned surface vehicles manufacturer Liquid Robotics has rolled out its next generation Wave Glider, featuring advancements to the platform’s operational range, and performance for missions in high sea states and high latitudes. Other updates include advancements for expanded sensor payloads and increased energy and storage capacity required for long duration maritime surveillance, environmental monitoring and observation missions.

VIMS Uses Drones To Find, Study Algal Blooms

2017-09-07T17:09:22+00:00 September 7, 2017|

One day in late July, Donglai Gong was piloting his little quadcopter above his house when he noticed his drone camera picking up something odd in the York River below. “There were features, like, streaks of darkness,” Gong recalled Wednesday at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point. Gong is an assistant professor studying the physics of coastal and polar oceanography. “And, being a physicist, I had no idea what biological processes could be causing that. So I took some pictures. They looked pretty.”He emailed those pictures to VIMS colleagues, many of whom were biologists who knew exactly what was going on: a harmful algal bloom, or HAB.

Carbon Nanotubes Worth Their Salt

2017-08-28T11:53:25+00:00 August 28, 2017|

Lawrence Livermore scientists, in collaboration with researchers at Northeastern University, have developed carbon nanotube pores that can exclude salt from seawater. The team also found that water permeability in carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with diameters smaller than a nanometer (0.8 nm) exceeds that of wider carbon nanotubes by an order of magnitude. The nanotubes, hollow structures made of carbon atoms in a unique arrangement, are more than 50,000 times thinner than a human hair.

Swiss Researchers Created A Robotic Eel To Help Track Water Pollution

2017-08-15T14:45:31+00:00 August 15, 2017|

Researchers in Switzerland have developed a 4-foot-long pollution-tracking robotic water snake. The "Envirobot" comprises several special-purpose modules, which constitute it's eel-like design, according to a press release on the l'cole polytechnique fdrale de Lausanne website. The purpose of the modules are twofold. First, each has a small electric motor that lets the robot swim like a water snake. Secondly, each segment has a unique sensor for gathering different data and measurements. More modules can be added as needed.

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