New German research vessel inaugurated by Chancellor Merkel

2014.07.15

 

The new 116 m long ship will go into service in December 2014 and will focus its activities on the Pacific and Indian ocean.

RV Sonne  Credit: M. Wessels, MEYER WERFT

 

The research vessel is named after its 45 year old predecessor the RV “SONNE”. The main difference with the former SONNE, a converted fishing trawler is that the current vessel was purposely build to conduct research activities. Research covered by the new “SONNE” will range from aspects of climate change, research of marine biodiversity in deep seas, sustainable exploration of marine resources, research on georisks, volcanology and natural disasters up to geochemistry and the study of oceanic currents.

During the official inauguration in Rostock Chancellor Merkel called the “SONNE” ‘the new star

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Ladrones de Arena

 

EL PAÍS

Un joven se mete en el mar y camina unos metros por la orilla. Y cuando el agua le llega hasta el pecho se sumerge. Una vez en la superficie, sale con una pala desbordante de arena húmeda. La introduce poco a poco con movimientos enérgicos en un cubo que sostiene la mujer que espera a su lado. Antes de colocar el pesado cubo sobre su cabeza, se detiene un instante cerrando los ojos. Una ola la golpea por detrás y pasa por encima de ella. Cuando ya ha pasado, se levanta, aprieta los dientes y vadea la orilla.

Los ladrones de arena tienen prisa. El reflujo dura seis horas, por lo que tienen que aprovechar la marea baja para coger arena.

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US.- The National Hurricane Center (NHC)

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is a component of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) located at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. The NHC mission is to save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous tropical weather and by increasing understanding of these hazards. The NHC vision is to be America's calm, clear, and trusted voice in the eye of the storm and, with its partners, enable communities to be safe from tropical weather threats.

To meet its mission, the NHC is composed of several units. The Hurricane Specialist Unit (HSU)maintains a continuous watch on tropical cyclones and areas of disturbed weather within the North Atlantic and eastern North Pacific basins. The HSU prepares

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Weathering the storm: AF eyes in the sky provide global weather data


Posted 9/30/2014   Updated 9/30/2014

 
    
 

by  Senior Airman Alexander W. Riedel Air Force News Service


9/30/2014 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- -- In the absolute silence of space, a special group of satellites circles our planet in a fast, low earth orbit, their cameras and sensors point toward Earth as they record endless data and images of storm systems and weather patterns moving across the globe below.
Back on the ground, hidden in a D.C. suburb, Maj. Jonathan Whitaker squints against the sun and points to Marine One, the U.S. president's dedicated helicopter, as it arches its way across the horizon of the nation's capital.
Whitaker is commander of Detachment 1, 50th Operations Group,

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Pilotage Facilities Upgraded at Port of Santos

         

 
 

With the establishment of the Center for Coordination, Communication and Traffic Operations (C3OT), Santos Pilotage Services in Brazil has solidified its position as one of the most modern and advanced pilotage service providers in the world. Video cameras strategically positioned along the Port, cutting-edge meteorological and oceanographic equipment designed to measure wave height, wave period, direction and speed of local currents and winds, tidal range and visibility, will allow a real-time and thorough monitoring of the Port of Santos channel throughout its 20 kilometers and 67 terminals and berths. The aim: to ensure greater agility and safety in the maneuvers of the ever growing-size ships that call at this port, and which require extra caution when navigating the narrow and winding stretches of

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