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POGO Newsletter Issue 33: July 2018

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SMART Cables Could Turn Future Telecommunications Cables into Ocean-Spanning Observation Network

Submitted by Dr. Bruce Howe, Chair of the SMART Cables Joint Task Force, Professor of Ocean and Resources Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa


The goal of the SMART Cables Initiative is to harness the global network of undersea fiber-optic telecommunications cables as a new platform for deep ocean monitoring and tsunami warning.


Microplastics are even found at Point Nemo - Volvo Ocean Race has delivered valuable data for marine science

GEOMAR Press Release: 29 June 2018 / Kiel, The Hague.


UK Foreign Secretary announces strategy to protect world’s oceans at the NOC

22 June 2018


The UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, on a visit to the NOC in Southampton, unveiled an ambitious plan to bring together all of the Government’s international oceans work under a single strategy for the first time.


For full story, visit the NOC website:


Underwater robots give unique Arctic insight

SAMS press release: 8 June 2018


Underwater robots have uncovered new evidence about life in the Arctic and, for the first time, revealed the moment the region’s marine ecosystem springs into life after the dark winter season.

The unique data was gathered by autonomous ocean-going ‘gliders’ and will help marine scientists understand more about the so-called ‘Arctic spring bloom’, which kick-starts the ecosystem and is crucial in providing food for animals in the region.



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