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ORCA prototype ready for the open ocean

Its name refers to one of the biggest animals in the sea, but ORCA, the Ocean Radiometer for Carbon Assessment instrument, will be observing the smallest.

 

If selected for a flight mission, ORCA will study microscopic phytoplankton, tiny green plants that float in the upper layer of the ocean and make up the base of the marine food chain.


Conceived in 2001 as the next technological step forward in observing ocean color, the ORCA-development team used funding from Goddard's Internal Research and Development program and NASA's Instrument Incubator Program (IIP) to develop a prototype. Completed in 2014, ORCA now is a contender as the primary instrument on an upcoming Earth science mission.

Weather forecasts improve as vandalism of research equipment comes down

There’s an unlikely contributor to the accurate projections of the paths of Phailin and Hudhud cyclones. Several research buoys in the Indian Ocean, which collect data on the waters and the atmosphere, used to be routinely tampered with by fishermen. Awareness programmes and inputs to fishermen on potential fishing zones by government institutions have led to a drastic reduction in vandalism of these buoys. This has improved forecasting.

EMODNET: digitization initiative for valuable historical datasets

EMODNET would like to ask if you know of any marine biological datasets (species occurrence, abundance and biomass) from the European seas that are sitting in an old paper report, a computer disk from the 1980's or a pdf, and are in need of rescuing.

 

The EMODnet Work Package 4 (http://www.emodnet-biology.eu/workpackages/11) is working on digitizing these valuable historical datasets to make them available to the marine community. There's a strong focus on the Mediterranean, so any suggestions from the area are welcome!

EMB presents Rome Declaration and contributes to panel discussion on effective science-policy interface at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference (17-21 November, Barcelona)

Wednesday 19 Nov 2014: Today, Niall McDonough, Executive Secretary of the European Marine Board is presenting the Rome Declaration at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference in Barcelona. Niall is also part of a panel discussing successful science-policy interface.

Call for proposals for JAMSTEC cruise programme

JAMSTEC is planning long-distance, long-term multidisciplinary research cruises (large-scale research cruises) to be conducted between April, 2016 and March, 2019, using its vessels that will be open to both Japanese and overseas universities or research institutes. No decision has yet been made on the number of cruise plans that can be implemented. To plan these future cruises, we are planning to hold a workshop on the 6th and 7th of Nov. , and are calling for researchers to submit pre-proposals (Deadline for submission: Friday, September 19, 2014 (Japan time)).

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