May Newsletter | Marine Technology Society
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  • MTS News & Updates
  • NOAA Guidance Regarding Administrative Relief
  • Industry News & Features
  • Call for Papers
  • Upcoming Conferences
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MTS NEWS & UPDATES
Back by Popular Demand: "Applications of Bioluminescence in Marine Technology" Webinar

After the popularity of this webinar offered earlier this month, Dr. Edie Widder will again provide a virtual overview of planktonic bioluminescence and measurement applications. These include mapping of plankton distribution patterns, tracking bioluminescent red tides, mapping sediment toxicity and luring giant squid.

We have increased the capacity of the virtual room to allow 500 attendees to attend. A recording of the webinar will be included in its entirety at a later date to accommodate for any technical issues.

Don't miss this webinar with Dr. Widder - on Wednesday, May 27th from 12noon - 1:00 p.m. (EST) - about the applications of bioluminescence in marine technology.

Nominations Open for The Walter Munk Scholar Award and Commemorative Lecture

Oceanographer Walter Munk was renowned for his pioneering work on predicting wave and surf conditions, underwater sound propagation, internal waves, and the development of acoustic tomography.
Named in Walter's honor, the Munk Award and Commemorative Lecture honors his legacy of daring exploration and discovery through ocean research, education or conservation.

Nominate an outstanding colleague for this award by the Monday, May 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)

NOAA Guidance Regarding Administrative Relief for Those Impacted By COVID-19

"The purpose of  this notice  is to provide information on guidance set forth by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memorandum M-20-17  Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Due to Loss of Operations ."
INDUSTRY NEWS & FEATURES
USS Nevada Shipwreck Located


The wreck of one of the U.S. Navy's longest serving battleships has been found 15,400 feet beneath the surface about 65 nautical miles southwest of Pearl Harbor, researchers said Monday.

The USS Nevada (BB-36), which served in two world wars over the course of a career that spanned more than three and a half decades, was discovered by underwater and terrestrial archaeology firm SEARCH, Inc. and marine robotics company Ocean Infinity at the bottom of the Pacific.

An Archipelago in the Atlantic Wants to Add Tidal Power to Its Energy Mix by Using Kite-like Tech

Posted by: CNBC

Situated in the wilds of the northeast Atlantic between Iceland and Scotland, the Faroe Islands are peaceful, remote and beautiful. The archipelago is also the site of a trial that, using tidal “kite” technology, could radically alter its energy mix and, in the long run, make it greener.

At the beginning of April, Swedish firm Minesto announced that, together with the Faroese utility SEV, it had been granted the necessary permits and consents to install two grid-connected tidal kite systems in the Vestmannasund strait, which is located in the northwest of the Faroe Islands. SEV is the Faroe Islands’ main energy provider.

VideoRay ROVs Equipped with Sonardyne Positioning


VideoRay LLC and Sonardyne International Ltd. have been working together to demonstrate enhanced remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations through integration with positioning systems.

UK-based underwater positioning specialist Sonardyne initially integrated Micro-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) technology with VideoRay’s Mission Specialist Technology for ROVs in 2018. Since then, the systems have been deployed together in a range of applications from aquaculture to mine countermeasures operations.

Microplastics Discovered In 150-Year-Old Sediments 7,000 Feet Beneath The Ocean Surface

Posted by: Newsweek

Researchers have discovered microplastics buried in seabed sediments deep below the ocean surface that are more than 150 years old.
The team identified the tiny plastic pieces in core samples collected from the Rockall Trough—a deep-sea basin located to the northwest of Scotland in the North Atlantic.

Led by Winnie Courtene-Jones from the Scottish Association for Marine Science, the scientists examined the sediments—taken from more than 7,000 feet below the ocean surface—in order to reveal the extent and quantity of microplastics within them. They documented the microplastics throughout the upper 10 centimeters [3 inches] of the sediment core, according to a study published in the journal  Marine Pollution Bulletin .

Saab Seaeye to Deliver Sea Wasp ROV to Dutch Navy

Posted by: Naval Today

Saab Seaeye, a subsidiary of Saab Underwater Systems AB, has received an order from the Dutch Defence Material Organisation (DMO) for deliveries of the Sea Was p underwater vehicle system. As informed, the Sea Wasp systems to be delivered will be used by the Dutch Navy.

With a base weight of only 75 kg, Sea Wasp is a small and flexible remotely operated vehicle (ROV) which can be used for a wide range of underwater operations, both within the commercial and military sectors. Sea Wasp can, for example, be used for sea mine detection and other reconnaissance operations.

New Study Looks at How the “Blob” Came Back


Weakened wind patterns likely spurred the wave of extreme ocean heat that swept the North Pacific Ocean last summer, according to new research led by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. The marine heat wave, named the “Blob 2.0” after the 2013-2014 “Blob,” likely damaged marine ecosystems and hurt coastal fisheries. Waters off the U.S. West Coast—particularly Northern California, Oregon, and Washington—hit a record-breaking 2.5˚C (4.5˚F) above normal, the authors found.

XSEDE Supercomputers Simulate Tsunamis from Volcanic Events

Posted by: Inside HPC

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island are using XSEDE supercomputer to show that high-performance computer modeling can accurately simulate tsunamis from volcanic events. Such models could lead to early-warning systems that could save lives and help minimize catastrophic property damage.

URI Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Ocean Engineering Stephan Grilli and his team recently published research results in the  Nature Scientific Reports . Their paper focused on the December 22, 2018, collapse of the Anak Krakatau volcano and subsequent tsunami, which was the first time in recent history an event such as this happened. The event allowed researchers an opportunity to test their models and modeling methodologies for accuracy against the observations that were recorded.

Research Project Boosts Performance of Wave Energy Converters


The three-year Horizon 2020-funded WaveBoost project has resulted in a step change improvement achieved to the reliability and performance of wave energy technology. 

Led by CorPower Ocean, the WaveBoost consortium designed and developed an advanced power take off (PTO) system allowing wave energy converters (WECs) to operate safer and more reliably in harsh ocean conditions while increasing annual electricity production by 27 percent. The system incorporates a new pneumatic module that has 80 percent less components, thus reducing complexity and CAPEX while improving reliability, compared to previous designs. An energy redistribution system manages fluctuating power input from ocean waves to support grid integration and increase energy production.

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