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WHOI Selects Ranger 2 USBL, deep water acoustic positioning system, for RV Neil Armstrong

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) on behalf of the Navy and replaced the recently retired R/V Knorr vessel for the U.S Navy’s new oceanographic research vessel, R/V Neil Armstrong. The deep water acoustic positioning system, Ranger 2 USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine), produced by Sondardyne, Inc., a Houston-based subsea technology company, has been selected for Neil Armstrong. Neil Armstrong is the first of two new Ocean-Class vessels ordered by the United States to fulfil national requirements for a high specification research ship based on the East Coast of the country. Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 USBL acoustic positioning technology will support the vessel’s work by enabling science teams to precisely monitor the position of underwater targets deployed from the Neil Armstrong.

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Marine biodiversity observing in northern Chukchi Sea

In August 2015, the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (AMBON) team of researchers from the University of Alaska’s School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, the University of Maryland, University of Washington, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) initated their first field effort to sample marine biodiversity on the Chukchi Sea shelf. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is supporting this study to improve environmental impact assessments and a broader perspective of the ecosystem. The AMBON field efforts have been successful in sampling important ecosystem components across species and regions and in detecting important patterns of ecosystem function. The AMBON is one of three U.S. projects working to develop a Marine Biodiversity Observing Network (MBON) for the nation.

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Oregon State University scientists highlight all the ways to do ocean observing

Oregon State University’s marine scientists hold an annual public event to display their efforts and methods to explore the deep sea. Saturday April 9th at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, the public is encouraged to come and learn about the recent advancements in deep sea ocean observations. The all-day event usually draws 2,000 people annually.

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Oceanology International 2016 in Review

In its 47-year history, the Oceanology International 2016 (OI2016) had its largest show ever with an overall attendance of 14,161. The event was held on March 15-17 in London’s ExCel, the exhibition covered 8,500 meters squared occupied by 520 exhibiting companies from 33 countries. In addition to the exhibits, the conference streams over the three days dealt with a wide array of marine topics: Aquaculture; Green shipping; Handling big data; Hydrography, Geophysics and Geotechnics; Marine renewables; Marine technology and services sector role in the Blue Economy; Monitoring structural integrity understanding risk and reliability; Oil & Gas: What’s next for ageing offshore assets?; Positioning & metrology; and the Unmanned vehicles and vessels showcase. OI curators hope to replicate the success of OI2016 for upcoming events in China (9-11 November, Shanghai) and San Diego (14-16 February).

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Massive Network of Robotic Ocean Probes Gets Smart Upgrade

The US $21-million Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling Project (SOCCOM) is deploying almost 200 advanced probes to monitor several chemical and biological variables in the Southern Ocean. The advanced probes will be added to an existing international Argo network of 3,900 floats; the floats periodically dive to depths of 2,000 meters measuring temperature and salinity. In hopes to extent the 2,000 meter limit, NOAA has developed a Deep Argo project to monitor ocean variables down to 6,000 meters. Nine Deep Argo floats have been deployed south of New Zealand in January and similar pilot arrays have been planned in the Indian Ocean and the North Atlantic.

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