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2011-12-20 16:01:00

HOUSTON, Dec. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE:OII) announced that its wholly-owned Norwegian subsidiary, Oceaneering AS, has closed the previously-announced definitive agreement to acquire AGR Field Operations (AGR FO). AGR FO is a provider of inspection, maintenance, subsea engineering, and field operations services, principally to the oil and gas industry. The acquisition price was approximately $230 million, including acquired debt, and was funded...

2011-12-20 13:39:10

Futuristic robots may be coming soon to an ocean near you. Sensorbots are spherical devices equipped with biogeochemical sensors, that promise to open a new chapter in the notoriously challenging exploration of earth´s largest ecosystem–the ocean. The devices are being designed and developed in the laboratory of Professor Deirdre Meldrum, ASU Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Biosignatures Discovery Automation at Arizona State University´s Biodesign Institute....

2011-12-14 02:23:35

Kosterhavet National Park was created to provide a haven for both protected species and nature lovers. Now researchers at the University of Gothenburg have analysed species living on the seabed (benthic species) in the marine national park to determine which marine areas require special protection. "It's not possible to survey each square meter manually in the national park. That's why I've done what experienced mushroom pickers do when they're looking for chanterelles. I've studied what...

Image 1 - Increased Ice Loss Resulted In Greater Greenland Bedrock Lifting
2011-12-11 06:42:42

A higher-than-normal 2010 melting season sped up the melting of ice in southern Greenland, causing sizable portions of the island's bedrock to rise somewhere about a quarter of an inch more than usual, an Ohio State University (OSU) researcher said on Friday. According to an OSU press release, Michael Bevis, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Geodynamics and professor in the OSU School of Earth Sciences, said that 50 GPS stations spread across the coast of Greenland normally "detect uplift of 15 mm...

Image 1 - Researchers Assess Radioactivity Released From The Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Facility
2011-12-07 09:09:22

With news this week of additional radioactive leaks from Fukushima nuclear power plants, the impact on the ocean of releases of radioactivity from the plants remains unclear. But a new study by U.S. and Japanese researchers analyzes the levels of radioactivity discharged from the facility in the first four months after the accident and draws some basic conclusions about the history of contaminant releases to the ocean. The study, conducted by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution chemist...

Image 1 - Japanese Devastation The Result Of Merging Waves
2011-12-06 09:57:05

[ Watch the Video ] Researchers from NASA and Ohio State University have discovered that the deadly tsunami generated from the March 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake that devastated northeastern Japan resulted from merging waves, causing the killer tsunami to double in intensity over ocean ridges, and then amplifying its power upon landfall. Data taken from NASA and European radar satellites captured at least two wave fronts during the events that day. The fronts merged to form a single, more...

2011-12-06 03:00:00

THUWAL, Saudi Arabia, December 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The third Red Sea Expedition of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is almost complete, having set sail from the University on September 15. This 81-day research voyage is the debut expedition for the new Director of the Red Sea Research Center, Xabier Irigoien, who joined KAUST only a few weeks prior. Irigoien was previously the Head of the Pelagic Fisheries and Biological Oceanography at AZTI...

2011-12-02 08:00:00

Tidal Today: Last week, Tidal Today's 5th International Tidal Energy Summit brought the Tidal community together in one place to celebrate the industry's achievements for 2011. London (PRWEB) December 02, 2011 During this meeting, the industry selected the winners for the 2nd Annual Tidal Awards Ceremony and Tidal Today is now pleased to announce who they were. Over the course of the three day event discussions revolved around the ROC banding decision in the UK and the ways in which this...

2011-11-29 10:30:00

RYE, N.H., Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The maritime and ocean research community will benefit greatly from federal funding of more than $1.7 million recently awarded to NERACOOS, the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems. NERACOOS, a component of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), spans coastal waters from the Canadian Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to Long Island Sound. Their mission is to provide those who...

2011-11-29 11:09:04

A new report presents the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date of climate change in the Pacific region. New research providing critical information about how climate change is affecting Australia´s Pacific island neighbors and East Timor has been released today by the Australian Government´s Pacific Climate Change Science Program (PCCSP). The landmark, peer-reviewed publication, Climate Change in the Pacific: Scientific Assessment and New Research, presents the most...


Latest Oceanography Reference Libraries

Baffin Bay
2013-04-18 13:21:50

Baffin Bay, which is located between Baffin Island and the southwest coast of Greenland, is a marginal sea of the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s connected to the Atlantic by Davis Strait and the Labrador Sea. A narrower Nares Strait connects the Baffin Bay with the Arctic Ocean. The Baffin Bay is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that is bordered by Baffin Island towards the west, Greenland towards the east, and Ellesmere Island towards the north. It is connected to the Atlantic through the Davis...

Current Sea Level Rise
2013-04-01 10:39:21

The sea levels all around the world are rising. Current sea-level rise has the potential to affect human populations and the natural environment. Two key factors have contributed to the observed sea level rise. The first is thermal expansion: as the ocean water warms, it expands. The second is from the influence of land-based ice because of increased melting. The major store of water on land is found in the glaciers and the ice sheets. The rising of sea levels is one of several lines of...

Ocean Acidification
2013-04-01 10:32:20

Ocean acidification is the name that was given to the ongoing decrease in the pH of Earth’s oceans, a cause of the uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. About 30 to 40 percent of the carbon dioxide that is released by humans into the atmosphere dissolves into the lakes, oceans, and rivers. To maintain the chemical equilibrium, some of it reacts with the water to create carbonic acid. Some of these extra carbonic acid molecules react with a water molecule to provide a...

Basic Ocean Terms
2013-02-05 12:52:11

Image Credit: Meteorologist Joshua Kelly When meteorologists are forecasting for ocean-going vessels, there are a few terms that we need to understand. The first term is wavelength. Wavelength is defined as the distance between two crests or between two troughs as seen in the image above. The example above highlights the crest to crest concept of wavelength. The next term that we use is wave height, and to determine this, we first must look at the wave when it passes our station. When...

Ocean Analysis for November 17, 2012
2012-11-17 08:24:58

Point #1: Warm finger- This region inside the area marked number 1, represents a warm finger of the ocean temperatures. What is occurring is that the warmer air is being pushed faster in this region than the surrounding locations giving us this little finger of warmer temps in that region. Point #2: Warm Eddie- This is a region of warmer temps surrounded on all sides by colder water. Eddies are a closed circulation of water in the ocean that has in this case warmer temps around it. These...

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