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APR 2017

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52 st / April 2017 OCEARCH Partners with Jacksonville University OCEARCH has launched at Jack- sonville University (JU) for student- centric marine science learning. OCEARCH is dedicated to the study of keystone marine species such as great white and tiger sharks, and JU is located at the nexus of an important great white shark habitat and migra- tion area. OCEARCH Founding Chair- man and Expedition Leader Chris Fischer will take on the role of explor- er in residence at JU. Under the new collaboration, the MV OCEARCH will be home-ported in Jacksonville. The MV OCEARCH has tagged more than 200 sharks and done dozens of research expeditions from South Africa to the Galapagos Islands to Australia over the past decade. The learning opportunity will ex- tend beyond marine sciences stu- dents to JU students in disciplines such as marketing, public policy, film, engineering, aviation, sustainabil- ity, communications, business and environmental sciences. Located on the banks of the St. Johns River and a quick trip away from the Atlantic Ocean, JU is also home to the Marine Science Research Institute. $3 Million Gifted to UNH Ocean Lab Thanks to a $3 million gift from an anonymous alumnus, the Univer- sity of New Hampshire (UNH) will be able to expand its work in ocean exploration with the construction of a new wing at the Chase Engineering Laboratory to support a recently cre- ated bachelor's degree in ocean engi- neering and faculty research. Coastal, marine and other ocean science fields represent a vast area of employment expected to see nearly 20 percent growth in the next five years, according to the U.S. Depart- ment of Labor. The UNH School of Marine Sci- ences and Ocean Engineering, found- ed in 2013, allows students and fac- ulty to engage in innovative research across a broad platform of marine and ocean studies, through both lab and field experiences. The building expansion will in- clude four research labs, an instru- mentation lab, a machine shop and a computer cluster room for students. It will also house a 90-seat lecture hall, a seminar classroom and a large cov- ered outdoor workspace. Work is un- derway, with the new features set to open in the fall. The new research labs will provide space for UNH's four identified ar- eas of academic study and research within ocean engineering: ocean structures, coastal sediments, ocean acoustics and marine robotics. El Niño Could Increase Coastal Hazards Last winter's El Niño was one of the most powerful climate events of the past 145 years. If such severe El Niño events become more common in the future, the California coast— home to more than 25 million peo- ple—may become increasingly vul- nerable to coastal hazards. And that's independent of projected sea level rise. New research conducted by U.S. ocean research sigma S6 WaMoS ® II Wave and Surface Current Monitoring System, developed by OceanWaveS GmbH, uses an existing or dedicated X-band radar to measure essential wave field parameters for wind, sea, and swell in real time. All WaMoS ® II data can be accessed via standard interface protocol (NMEA) and can be displayed for an operating range of up to 4km. The system supports operational decision making by gathering accurate data over a full 360° area and, if required, shares the results throughout your existing network to ensure efficient and safe operations. sigma S6 WaMoS ® II WAVE & CURRENT MONITORING WWW.RUTTER.CA REAL-TIME DECISION SUPPORT

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