Robot Vehicles Embark on Fish Tracking Mission

Robot Vehicles Embark on Fish Tracking Mission

Posted by Eric HaunNovember 4, 2014

  • MBA Sepia being loaded

Three marine robot vehicles have been launched from Plymouth today to undertake a fish tracking mission in and around new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Scientists from the Marine Biological Association (MBA) and engineers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are working together on this pioneering project to study how fish use these areas on a day-to-day basis.
Using acoustic pingers, plaice, sole, brill and rays are being tracked at sea by the ocean robots programmed to patrol a large area of the MPAs there are also a number of seabed listening stations which work in concert with the ocean robots.
The three

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Bureau of Meteorology introduces new weather language

Bureau of Meteorology introduces new weather language

      Updated    10 Oct 2014, 6:40amFri 10 Oct 2014, 6:40am

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is using new terminology to make it clearer for the public to understand rainfall forecasts.

When predicting rain, the BoM will now use a percentage rather than words to describe the chance of daily rainfall.

The forecasts will utilise the new Meteye information system which is helping the Bureau with more exact forecasting across the country.

Senior forecaster Rick Threlfall told 612 ABC Brisbane's Rebecca Levingstonthat the change is set to make things clearer on the

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New German research vessel inaugurated by Chancellor Merkel



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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Huge bolts of lightning over Adelaide Airport captured by Rowland Beardsell in March 2013, that features in the calendar. Source: Supplied

Ladrones de Arena



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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