In this "FED Talk" video, Dr. Ken Lee reviews the current state of knowledge on oil spill response in Canada. He discusses the collaborative efforts of Canadian and international scientists to advance research on alternative oil spill response and clean-up measures that will enhance our capability and capacity to prevent and minimize impacts to the environment and its living resources. These efforts are part of the Multi-Partner Research Initiative (MPRI), designed to build a research network that brings together the best scientific expertise in oil spill research to enhance Canada's level of preparedness and response capability to marine petroleum incidents. Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Bering Strait

The Bering Strait, a waterway between the United States and Russia, is a marine wildlife "super highway" that supports amazing animals, from beluga whales to spectacled eiders and king salmon. As warming temperatures melts Arctic sea ice, increasing commercial ship traffic through the strait is adding stress and risk of accidents to an already rapidly shifting environment. WWF has five recommended actions that the United States should take to protect the Bering Strait.

REMUS Calibration Experiments held in the MacFarlane Flume at UNH.

Kate Wheelock, Chief of the National Ocean Service (NOS) Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP), shares what the DPP is doing to support all of the NOS offices in response to COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. Learn more about those response efforts here.

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Your computer is now a portal to the North Pole. Explore one of the most remote, mysterious regions on Earth from the comfort of your own home with a new massive open online course (MOOC) featuring short lectures by researchers about their work, stunning footage from an Arctic icebreaker, 360 videos and more.

Uncovering never-before-seen deep sea coral habitat, applying machine learning to severe weather warnings and fish survey data, and upgrading the U.S. global weather forecast model — these are just a few of NOAA’s scientific achievements in 2019.

Calibration of ROV Sensor using UNH's MacFarlane Flume: Tests were conducted in a specially built flume (the MacFarlane flume, also known as ‘Florence’ or ‘Flo’ for short) built by UNH doctoral graduate student Missy Gloekler. The sensors being compared and calibrated can detect oil droplets, gas bubbles, and dissolved oil in the water column by measuring fluorescence, backscatter, and holographic images. These instruments can be deployed on remotely operated underwater vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, and for some, may be operated by hand shipboard. The research team tested several types of fresh and emulsified oils, with and without dispersants, to detect and compare a wide range of droplet sizes, and air/gas bubbles.

Join NOAA ARD Troy Baker and others for this informative session at SETAC.

Spill Modeling: oil spill risk assessment, response planning, and damage assessment in an age of increased transparency

NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS) Year in Review is now available.  The report, NOS by the Numbers: 2019, highlights the accomplishments across NOS programs in fiscal year 2019.  NOS’ capacity to deliver our mission is stronger than ever, and we look forward to building upon our accomplishments in 2020. Congratulations to our NOAA colleagues!

OR&R ERD has re-posted a job announcement for the supervisor position (Supervisory Physical Scientist, ZP-1301-4) responsible for leading the Response Support group, located in Seattle (Org chart, for reference).  The announcement will open on Monday, 1/13, and close on 1/30/20.  Here's the link to the posting for federal employees (MAP): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/556276000  Here's the link to the posting open to the general public (DE): https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/556276200  

Ice in Motion: Satellites Capture Decades of Change

Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group's Final Resotration Plan 2 - Environmental Assessment. Fish, Sea Turtles, marine Mammals, and Mesophotoc and Deep Benthich Communities.

2019 Arctic Report Card (NOAA)

This depressing map of the Arctic lets you track 40 years of melting sea ice (from Living Atlas)

Movement of submerged oil in the annular flume

Deploying the REMUS 600!

Request for Proposals from ADAC Arctic IoNS Workshop

Scientists share real-time observations from the Arctic Ocean

UNH grad student (Melissa Gloekler) delves deep into environmental engineering.