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A special issue of the Advances in Atmospheric Sciences is highlighting recent scientific work in Arctic climate and its impacts on Eurasian weather and climate. Links to each of the papers is presented below.

MARINE ecologists have shown that traces of DNA in the sea can be used to monitor shark populations.

A new article in Geophysical Research Letters says that global mean sea level rise accelerated three times faster during 2005-2015 than during 1993–2014.

Smaller ocean microplastics (below 1mm) made visible with fluorescent dye - viewed through a microscope. Credit University of Warwick


The smallest microplastics in our oceans – which go largely undetected and are potentially harmful – could be more effectively identified using an innovative and inexpensive new method, developed by researchers at the University of Warwick.

In 2015, NASA’s Cassini mission discovered that a global ocean lies beneath the icy crust of Saturn's geologically active moon Enceladus. Now, Harvard researchers Manasvi Lingam and Abraham Loeb have published research suggesting that such conditions are not only common in the universe, but are capable of sustaining life. Image courtesy of NASA.


Is complex life in the universe a cosmic imperative or a rare phenomenon? Two researchers from Harvard say that the answer may lie within subsurface planetary oceans that never receive light, and yet, may still be able to support life.

General model of thermohaline circulation.


Ocean acidification is generally thought to diminish the deeper down you go, but according to a new article in the journal Nature Climate Change, a “slowing down of the thermohaline circulation due to global warming could reduce the pH in the deep oceans, as more organic material would decompose with a longer residence time.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking to recover the full $1.042 billion of its reinsurance coverage to help pay the federal flood insurance program’s losses from Hurricane Harvey. Those paid losses exceeded the minimum threshold for the NFIP’s reinsurance coverage, according to the Insurance Journal.

For Doug Gibson, the executive director of the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve in California, a 29 November 2017 event was more than two decades in the making, according to an article in The Coast News.

According to an article at MRCTV, Scientists are calling for a worldwide ban on glitter, warning that the arts and crafts supplies are a hazard to the environment, particularly the ocean.

The Trump Administration is considering removing some protections for the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument and the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, both in the central Pacific Ocean, and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the coast of New England.


The Trump administration is considering rolling back federal protections for a number of national monuments. While most are on land and relatively accessible, three are deep below the ocean’s surface and many miles from the mainland: The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument and the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, both in the central Pacific Ocean, and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the coast of New England.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of the Army (the agencies) are proposing to amend the effective date of the 2015 rule defining “waters of the United States.”

BOEM has released the latest edition of BOEM Ocean Science magazine, which focuses on the multi-faceted work of BOEM’s Marine Minerals Program (MMP). The program helps18 coastal states manage and prepare for the impacts of coastal erosion, while benefiting the Nation as a whole in many respects.

A fishing boat in the Columbia River.


The National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) has one vacancy for a fish biologist located in any of the following location: Seattle, WA, Lacey, WA or Portland, OR. The salary range is $90,955 to $142,352 per year and the deadline to apply is 19 December 2017.

OceanWise seeks a Marketing Coordinator to support their promotional and sales activities internationally. The successful candidate will be responsible for implementing OceanWise’s marketing plan and contributing to the plan as they grow into the role.

Imagine starting the day in London demonstrating the coolest Underwater Drone to potential customers and then enjoying dinner in Copenhagen before your morning meeting with the world's largest shipping company the next day... Meet thousands of potential clients and customers for our world-class products through our strong marketing efforts, and have the opportunity to bring them the absolute best underwater robots on the market.

Deep Trekker Inc. is currently seeking a Business Development ROCKSTAR to be based from their Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada offices. As a customer facing driver of new robotics business at Deep Trekker Inc., you will assume responsibility for the generation of sales originating from customers and reseller channels in a variety of industries around the world. This role offers the opportunity for worldwide travel, 360-degree account ownership, and a fun work environment with a young, energetic team.

The task of the Business Development Representative is to increase the Company’s sales for its Remotely Operated Vehicles. Deep Trekker Inc. is headquartered in Kitchener-Waterloo, ON.

Key Responsibilities

  • Driving ROV sales to meet/exceed annual revenue targets in select industries and regions;
  • Promoting the awareness of the Deep Trekker products and building long term relationships with operators, channels, and prime contractors;
  • Managing leads, accounts, and reseller channels through consistent and proactive communication
  • Monitoring industry media for suitable business opportunities;
  • Actively prospecting and reaching out to potential customers by using trade publications, media, internet research and social media in order to drive new business for Deep Trekker products
  • Preparing all quotations, paperwork, and invoices to complete sales and manage accounts
  • Ensuring that Deep Trekker is included on all relevant bid lists for procurement in government and military;
  • Overseeing the preparation of pre-qualification submissions
  • Following-up with clients on submitted bids and ensuring that clarification requests and questions are responded to;
  • Participating in and leading client negotiations;
  • Ensuring delivery of products by working closely with the manufacturing and shipping departments
  • Assisting and coordinating in the preparation of technical documentation such as sample procedures, schedules and training;
  • Providing weekly reports;
  • Consistent daily data input and updating of the CRM system;
  • Assisting sales of selective long term and channel opportunities;
  • Maintain knowledge on current product features, pricing, offerings, policies, and procedures;
  • Provide customer service on proposed systems, and post-sales support and customer service
  • Develop product quotations for new and existing customers
  • Make and deliver invoices and track payments, shipments and other details
  • Manage incoming customer calls and conduct outbound proactive calls to existing leads or customers
  • Perform administrative duties such as managing sales database, spreadsheets and processing POs
  • Schedule services for customers based on internal resources and requirements
  • Communicate with all customers and internal staff in a respectful and informative manner
  • Promote the company’s products at tradeshows and open house events
  • Attend regular sales meetings to review accounts and brainstorm strategies
  • Research new markets and provide reports, lead lists, and other information as requested
  • Respond to inbound sales emails
  • Answer inbound sales calls
  • Perform other duties as required
  • Travelling domestically and overseas

Key Working Relationships

With the CEO, COO, CTO and Marketing

Desired Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate is wicked smart, with an unnatural level of energy and ability to get stuff done.

  • You must ooze enthusiasm, and thrive where things move lightning fast! Must have experience in sales and leadership;
  • a similar sales and marketing role in the subsea services market is an asset, but not required
  • You must possess the ability to communicate with people who are hardworking, “in the trenches” types, but be equally polished and confident enough to deal with high level C-execs and government personnel
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills;
  • Able to understand technical concepts and turn a wrench from time to time;
  • Confident at using MS Office, CRM, and accounting software;
  • Flawless English writing and speech; Other languages an asset
  • Creative thinker, Self-starter;
  • Ability to travel worldwide EXTENSIVELY at a moment’s notice

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Associate

Required licenses or certifications:

  • Valid Canadian Passport
  • Driver's License

On behalf of the Wind Energy Technologies Office, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled U.S. Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium FOA.

Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2018 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world. Applications are accepted through January 28 of each year for enrollment beginning late spring.

The Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry (MC&G) Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) invites exceptional candidates to apply to one or more of our full-time exempt tenure-track positions on our scientific staff.

Human activities in the ocean such as fishing, marine energy, transport, etc. can have an impact on marine ecosystems, often in multiple ways.

Landing String Solutions LLC has signed an agreement with Trelleborg’s offshore operation for Trelleborg to manufacture its patented landing string buoyancy system featuring 100% composite materials. Through this agreement, both companies aim to market the solution to a wider customer base globally.

The Greenland Climate Research Centre will be taking delivery of a SeaBat T50-R Extended Range high-resolution multibeam sonar. The sonar will be hull mounted on R/V Sanna. R/V Sanna operates as a research vessel on the West Greenland coast, collecting valuable data about Greenland's marine resources and oceanographic environment.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions launches a unique rotary seal with “outstanding performance and reliability” when running at greater speeds and higher temperatures.

Echoscope® was used to monitor the cable touch-down position during the cable lay process.


Coda Octopus are delighted to report successful deployment of the Echoscope® real-time 3D sonar system on the Race Bank offshore wind farm project by DeepOcean. The Echoscope® was used for a vast number of tasks including live cable touch-down monitoring and position recording, monitoring of first and second end pull-ins, cable-cut marking and survey of the as-laid inter-array cables.

Corvus Energy has been selected by Wärtsilä as the supplier of a lithium ion based energy storage system (ESS) for the world’s first full service hybrid fish farm processing and transport vessel. The Orca Energy ESS from Corvus will supply electrical power to the vessel's propulsion system to enable environmentally-friendly and lower cost operations.

Runde Environmental Centre (REC) and Innovation Norway (IN) are cooperating to build a bilateral cooperative cluster for deep-sea environmental monitoring and knowledge. Called the DeepSea Environmental Monitoring Cluster, it will emphasize integration and connection.

Cape Wind would have placed 130 turbines on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound. Image courtesy of NOAA.


Once well-positioned to become the nation's first off-shore wind farm, Cape Wind has given up on trying to develop a 46-square mile site in Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts, and relinquished its federal lease, according to the Cape Cod Times.

Rutter Inc. has delivered their sigma S6 Oil Spill Detection to a port in Saudi Arabia. Rutter’s system will be fully integrated by the port’s Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) provider to add environmental protection capabilities to their traffic management system. Rutter’s technology is currently being integrated into the system, with full deployment in 2018.

SMD is the technical lead on VAMOS, which enables access to high grade EU reserves of deeper seated minerals by providing a new Safe, Clean and Low Visibility Mining Technique.


UK-based subsea engineering specialist Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) has successfully completed first stage testing in a pioneering project which is set to uncover valuable European mineral resources.

The foundation and well of an old house in Sacandaga Lake. Photo courtesy of JW Fishers.


What can be done when disaster strikes and the unforgiving sea claims expensive or invaluable objects? JW Fishers has assisted in the recovery of countless ships, anchors, aircraft, indispensable equipment, and, in the most devastating of cases, love ones.

The first of its kind in the US, the Bourne Tidal Test Site (BTTS) was installed in the Cape Cod Canal during early November. On the day before Thanksgiving, a barge owned by AGM Marine, Inc. pulled up its moorings and was towed back to New Bedford, leaving the BTTS ready for business.

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