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JUL 2017

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www.sea-technology.com July 2017 / st 25 ploying these technologies, operated remotely from the vessel, will provide scientists with data otherwise unattain- able. These devices will collect infor- mation from places under the ice and into the far depths of the ocean. Be- yond championing the latest editions of ROVs for the polar regions, the ship also will boast the communication and data oversight technology required to deliver real-time data, thus improving efficiency to maximize the researchers' time and resources. Charting Harsh Waters To Plot Our Future It is well-known our sea levels are continually rising, causing numerous concerns and requiring immediate ac- tion to comprehend the polar ice melt and discern its impacts on our climate, global ocean circulation and ecosys- tems. It is estimated that by 2100 the oceans could rise as much as 6 ft., re- sulting in more than 13.1 million peo- ple in the United States—and nearly 180 million people worldwide—being uprooted from their homes. While the immediate impact of rising sea levels on the coastal regions is clear, it greatly affects those who live inland as well, as people living on the coast will be relo- cating. This will require inland areas to update various infrastructure, housing and transportation systems to accom- modate the influx of residents. The RRS Sir David Attenborough's expeditions will contribute immensely to research efforts to better understand polar and ice sheet melting. The ves- sel's explorations in the polar regions are essential for us to have perspective on all the major changes occurring for marine life, the Earth's oceans and our climate system. The world-class labo- ratories on board will enable scientists to study data on marine biology and ocean surroundings delivered from ro- botic submarines and marine gliders. Precise statistics about the polar en- vironment will also be delivered from airborne robots and onboard environ- mental monitoring systems. The Backbone of Scientific Advancement As the newest polar research vessel is preparing to embark on some of the most advanced research endeavors, Saft is contributing significantly to the research community to continually ad- vance the science behind battery tech- nology. Saft aims to continue advanc- ing its current solutions and develop new chemistries and cell formats for next-generation solutions. Saft is consistently enriching its R&D efforts. It has created two incu- bators: one in France and another in the U.S. In 2016, it allocated nearly 9 percent of its sales, or more than $71 million dollars (€65 million), for R&D. It has a total portfolio of 160 patents, with 22 granted in 2016 alone. Currently, Saft is working on next-generation active materials for high-performance cathodes and lith- ium-alloy anodes. The goal with this undertaking is to elevate performance, safety and lifetime, all while lowering cost. Groundbreaking collaborations between Saft, Rolls-Royce, BAS and NERC, for example, are paving the way for advancements in science and technology. With our environment and digital lifestyles in constant transforma- tion, agility and adaptability are key to protecting our precious environment and resources. ST Annie Sennet is the executive vice president of Saft's Space & Defense Division and has been in- strumental in building Saft's space market presence and leadership in lithium-ion technology, as well as guiding the group's success in the defense battery markets for the past several years. The RRS Sir David Attenborough polar research vessel. Sonar Systems info@edgetech.com USA 1.508.291.0057 CHOOSE THE LEADER IN UNDERWATER TECHNOLOGY Acoustic Releases and Transponders USBL Positioning and Tracking

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