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Increased Use of Seismic Surveys Spurs Push for Global Standards and Strategies

Governments and industries around the world are increasingly using seismic surveys in order to explore for resources, but these methods can cause major noise pollution which threatens marine life.  In response to these threats, a global consortium of experts from universities and environmental organizations are working to put together standards that could apply across jurisdictional boundaries.  Not only would this save global industries from having to navigate individual national regulations, it would also help ensure that ocean noise is recognized as a global pollutant which needs to be managed and limited.

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Ocean Tracking Network to Expand into Brazil

A Halifax-based Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise has teamed up with a parallel Brazilian institute to work on integrating the Brazilian aquatic animal tracking system into the global Ocean Tracking Network.  The Nova Scotia Department of Labour has committed $25,000 to the project, and Brazil based foundations have committed another $60,000.

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Military Aims to Adopt Data Standards to Facilitate Seamless Use of Ocean and Weather Data

The U.S. military and militaries across the globe are aiming to improve data standards in part so that models and simulations can integrate the flow of real world maps, sensor data, ocean data and weather data.  Currently roadblocks can result from multiple formats, poor correlation of source data, and different data dictionaries and grammars.  

Currently, the Data Management and Communications (DMAC) staff within the IOOS PO are actively working to implementing OGC standards for ocean and coastal data in a variety of ways, and IOOC actively supports these efforts through the DMAC inter-agency team.

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Workforce Development May be Key to Improving Gulf Coast Communities

A new Study is demonstrating that the $18.7 billion settlement over the BP oil spill could be a catalyst for the Gulf region, but only if it is invested in educating an updated workforce capable of sustaining economic improvements after the settlement dollars go dry.  Currently, only 26% of adults in southeast Louisiana have a bachelor’s degree, 3% lower than the national average.  And, the state is 40th in the nation in terms of academic science and engineering research and development.  While money invested directly in coastal restoration could be good in the short run, long term improvements in the coastal economy and environment may depend more on long term investments in human resource infrastructure.

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Ocean Networks Canada to Provide Observation Infrastructure

The Canadian federal government has invested over $30 million into ocean observing infrastructure, in part to help develop valuable ocean resources.  The information that will be provided via the Smart Oceans project will support the development of pipelines linking Alberta oil sands to the Pacific coast.  The information will also provide data needed to ensure marine safety and mitigate environmental impacts of increased marine traffic.  

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