A new ecosystem has been discovered in volcanic cavities beneath hydrothermal vents at a well-studied undersea volcano on the East Pacific Rise off Central America.
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In situ characterization of droplets and particles in the marine environment is an important component of Environmental Baseline Surveys (EBSs) and spill response activities. CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) has extensive experience using Laser In Situ Scanning and Transmissometry (LISST) instruments manufactured by Sequoia Scientific, including deep water LISST instruments designed for monitoring oil droplet size during accidental discharges for which subsea dispersants are a potential response tactic.
Marine habitat characterization is crucial for assessing resources at risk, identifying ecological services, and developing mitigation measures for the offshore energy industry. In deep water, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) equipped with high-resolution digital cameras and lighting are often used to accomplish the collection of imagery that can be used to examine and interpret seafloor features, including the identification of sensitive benthic habitats (e.g., hard grounds and seeps).
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is organizing multiple sessions during the biannual Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) in New Orleans, Louisiana February 18-23, 2024. OSM is a biannual flagship conference for the ocean sciences, attended by a diverse community of scientists, students, journalists, policymakers, educators, and other stakeholders.
An international drilling expedition off the Norwegian coast led by Christian Berndt, Professor of Marine Geophysics at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, and Sverre Planke, Professor of Marine Geophysics at the University of Oslo, confirms the theory that methane emissions from hydrothermal vents were responsible for global warming about 55 million years ago.
Underwater Contracting (UCO), a leading provider of underwater services to the offshore energy, inspection, construction, and aquaculture markets has developed a unique ROV-deployed system to repair small holes in fish farm nets.
The 2nd Gulf of Mexico Coral Reef Symposium takes place on November 2-3, 2023 to discuss the current state of Gulf of Mexico reefs and identify research needs for Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS). Experts in coral reef science and management will gather information on current and past research on the northern Gulf of Mexico reefs, establish region-wide research goals (especially at FGBNMS), and facilitate interdisciplinary research collaborations.