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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

New Microbattery Aids Monitoring of Salmon

Scientists have created a microbattery that packs twice the energy compared to current microbatteries used to monitor the movements of salmon through rivers in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Scientists Use Imagery Satellites to Spot and Count Whale Population

Scientists have demonstrated how new satellite technology can be used to count whales, and ultimately estimate their population size. Using Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite imagery, alongside image processing software, they were able to automatically detect and count whales breeding in part of the Golfo Nuevo, Peninsula Valdes in Argentina.

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Is Global Warming Hiding Under Water?

Satellite observations of global sea-surface temperature show that a 30-year upward trend has slowed down within the last 15 years. Climate scientists say this is not the end of global warming, but the result of a rearrangement in the energy flow of the climate system and, in particular, how the ocean stores heat.

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

How unusual were the Antarctic sea ice conditions that trapped a research ship on Christmas Eve 2013?

Extensive sea ice surrounding Antarctica during December 2013 made it even more formidable than usual to access the icy continent. It was in this challenging environment that the Australasian Antarctic Expedition aboard the Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy became trapped by thick floes of ice in eastern Antarctica’s Commonwealth Bay while following the route navigated by

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Satellite Tags, Fishing Data Reveal Turtle Danger Zones

One of the biggest threats to critically endangered leatherback turtles is bycatch from industrial fishing in the open oceans. Now, a team of researchers has satellite-tracked 135 leatherbacks with transmitters to determine the turtles’ patterns of movement in the Pacific Ocean. Combined with fisheries data, the researchers entered the information into a computer model to

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Keeping Whales Safe in Sound

A step-by-step guide to reducing impacts on whales and other marine species during seismic sea floor surveys has been developed by experts with IUCN’s Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd.

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

EOMAP to Deliver High Resolution Environmental Information for the Entire Maya Coast

  EOMAP, a value-added service provider of satellite data was contracted by the Mexican National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO) to deliver high resolution environmental information for the entire Maya coast.

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Effectively Monitoring the State of Europe’s Marine Environment

An EU-funded project has just been launched that will help Member States to effectively and efficiently monitor the environmental status of oceans and seas. This will enable them to meet their obligations under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Researcher Swaps Books for Bike to Raise Awareness of Marine Conservation

University of Bristol researcher Dr Elena Couce will cycle around one of the most diverse areas of our oceans on a 14 month mission to raise awareness of climate change and marine conservation. Elena will head to the Coral Triangle on 16 January, trading her computer and books for a bicycle, snorkel and scuba diving

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

New Ocean Sensing and Monitoring Brings Tutorial Approach to Latest Advances

Optical remote sensing technologies provide the ability to monitor short- and long-term changes in coral reefs, deep-sea fisheries, and off-shore oilfields, and to supply real-time information about seismic activity, water conditions, and equipment functionality.

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