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Three new founders support work of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Gifts help advance work to understand ongoing ocean changes

East Boothbay, Maine – Lyn and Daniel Lerner, Anna Marie and John E. Thron, and the Harold Alfond Foundation became the latest three “Founders” of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. Their significant charitable gifts support research that is advancing what is known about the global ocean, how it works, and the important role marine microbes play in maintaining planetary balance. These contributions bring the total number of Founders to 15. Bigelow Laboratory’s Founders Campaign is limited to the first 20 donors who provide unrestricted support of $250,000 or more to the Laboratory. The campaign was launched in 2010 to support the Laboratory’s expanding operations and implementation of its strategic plan as it opened its new campus in East Boothbay in 2012.

SAMS scientist named oceanographer of the year

A scientist at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) has been awarded a prestigious marine science prize in recognition of his contribution to oceanography. Professor Stuart Cunningham, who is the principal investigator in physical oceanography at SAMS, has won this year’s Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) Oceanography Award.

British Antarctic Survey - Underwater robot sheds new light on Antarctic sea ice

The first detailed, high-resolution 3-D maps of Antarctic sea ice have been developed using an underwater robot. Scientists from the UK, USA and Australia say the new technology provides accurate ice thickness measurements from areas that were previously too difficult to access.


The results, published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience (Monday 24 November 2014), step up the pace of research in the polar regions aimed at understanding the dramatic sea ice changes in the context of climate change.

SAMS launches new research centre connecting society and the sea

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban has launched a new research centre to improve understanding of how society interacts with the marine environment, and so improve how marine and coastal areas are managed and governed.


The mission of the Laurence Mee Centre for Society and the Sea is to connect communities, values, policy and places to bring long-term, sustainable benefits to communities. The centre was named after the late Professor Laurence Mee, former director of SAMS and the UK's first professor of marine and coastal policy, who died in August.

New ocean observing tower erected at Myrmidon Reef

Visitors to Myrmidon Reef will notice a new reef addition after AIMS erected a new weather station tower on the reef early last week. The tower replaces the previous tower that was knocked down during Tropical Cyclone Yasi in February 2011. This is the last of several AIMS ocean observation facilities to be replaced in the wake of the Category 5 cyclone.

Construction of the new tower started at AIMS’ Cape Ferguson headquarters in April this year. Made of enduring galvanised steel, the tower is approximately 13m tall and weighs 18T, including 6T of ballast to hold it in place against future cyclones. Ready since September, both tide and weather conditions had to be perfect to safely install the large structure.


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