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International team of scientists try to unravel the Ontong Java Plateau mystery

In January 2015, Hobart hosted a visit from Schmidt Ocean Institute’s (SOI) international oceanographic research vessel (RV) Falkor, arriving from the northwest Pacific Ocean before heading to the Tasman Sea. SOI offers ship time to technology-focused science projects through awards given to researchers from around the world, whose proposals are successfully selected through a competitive process.

Prof Mike Coffin, a marine geophysicist and Executive Director of the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), is just back from leading a voyage between the Solomon Islands and Micronesia.


The largest volcanic eruption in the planet’s history most likely formed the Ontong Java Plateau, a submarine elevation the size of Western Australia that mostly falls within the marine jurisdiction of the Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands.

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.


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