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FixO3 - 1st call for transnational access to European ocean observatories

Research organizations and marine technology companies are invited to access 15 ocean observatories to conduct scientific studies or to test technology prototypes with full financial and logistics support. The submission process will be open from until end of July 2014. All material and guidelines for submission are now available on http://www.fixo3.eu/tna/


This opportunity comes from the Europe-funded Fixed-point Open Ocean Observatory network (FixO³) project, coordinated by the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC). As part of this initiative private companies and research institutions working on marine technology or wanting to conduct scientific research, have the opportunity to apply for access to one or more observatories and receive full scientific and technological support.

SCOR travel grants available

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) has approved a small number of bursaries for participation of individuals from developing countries and countries with economies in transition http://www.scor-int.org/Eligible_Countries-28March2014.pdf in the 2014 Challenger Conference for Marine Science, to be held in Plymouth, UK in September 2014 - http://www.2014.challenger-society.org.uk/default.asp .This travel support is made possible through a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to SCOR.

Simons Foundation Announces Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology

The Simons Foundation announces the launch of the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE). SCOPE is now accepting applications for SCOPE Investigator Awards through a Request for Applications (please click here for more details).

Registration Open for Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

The XPRIZE Foundation, the leading non-profit that’s solving the world’s Grand Challenges through large-scale incentivized prize competitions, is collaborating with ocean philanthropist Wendy Schmidt to offer $2 million dollars in prizes to address ocean acidification through the development of breakthrough pH sensor technology. The winning pH sensor(s) of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE will be radically more accurate, durable, and affordable to spur global research and industries in ocean services and to address ocean acidification. 

SOOS-CliC-WMO PSTG online survey

This joint initiative of Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS), Climate and the Cryosphere (CliC), and World Meteorological Organization Polar Space Task Group (WMO PSTG) aims to identify the satellite data requirements for the Southern Ocean (across all temporal/spatial scales) and to compile this information into a community report of Southern Ocean satellite data requirements.

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