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NOAA deploys a flotilla of Saildrones in the Arctic

September 06, 2018

In 2014, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) partnered with Saildrone, Inc. to test the possibilities of using unmanned sailing vehicles to collect data. From 2015 to 2017, missions including one to the Bering Sea, were used to verify the data platforms and to confirm that the sensors were working well. Each year they continued to tweak the challenge sensors adding more complex variables. Jessica Cross is quoted. 

Link: NOAA deploys a flotilla of Saildrones in the Arctic

Why a Quiet Hurricane Season Isn't Necessarily a Good Thing

August 02, 2018

Forecasters at Colorado State University say the approaching peak of the 2018 hurricane season will be relatively quiet in the Atlantic Basin. But a report released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration pointed out a troubling trend that could have implications for future hurricane forecasting: Warming in the Arctic could drive future Atlantic hurricane tracks farther west and thus make a U.S. landfall more likely. Jim Overland is quoted. 

Link: Why a Quiet Hurricane Season Isn't Necessarily a Good Thing

Saildrones go where humans can’t — or don’t want to — to study the world’s oceans

July 01, 2018

NEAH BAY, Clallam County — As the crew of a Makah tribal salmon boat unloaded their catch like generations of fishermen before them, scientists at the other end of the pier in this small coastal community were wrangling more futuristic cargo. Chris Meinig is quoted and the Arctic and TPOS Saildrone missions are referenced. 

Link: Saildrones go where humans can’t — or don’t want to — to study the world’s oceans

Saildrones Launched On Washington Coast To Study Fisheries

June 28, 2018

Two autonomous Saildrones launched from Neah Bay this week on a to find out whether the wind and solar-powered vehicles can improve the efficiency and accuracy of fisheries surveys off the West Coast. PMEL is referenced. 

Link: Saildrones Launched On Washington Coast To Study Fisheries

Citizen scientists are unearthing climate data from old ships' logs

May 23, 2018

In the 1870s, the U.S.S. Jeannette set sail on a voyage to the North Pole. When the vessel reached the Arctic, it got stuck in ice floes. For two years, the ship, with its crew, drifted in frigid waters. Kevin Wood is quoted. 

Link: Citizen scientists are unearthing climate data from old ships' logs

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