Archive for 01/30/2012

Hydro International – 

Oceanographers have identified a series of ocean hotspots around the world generated by strengthening wind systems that have driven oceanic currents, including the East Australian Current, polewards beyond their known boundaries.

The hotspots have formed alongside ocean currents that wash the east coast of the major continents and their warming proceeds at a rate far exceeding the average rate of ocean surface warming, according to an international science team whose work is published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Tasman Hot Spot Ocean currents


Paper co-author, CSIRO’s Dr Wenju Cai, said that while the finding has local ecological implications in the region surrounding the hotspots, the major influence is upon the ocean’s ability to take up heat and carbon from the atmosphere.

In Australia’s case, scientists report intensifying east-west winds at high latitudes (45º-55ºS) pushing southward and speeding up the gyre or swirl of currents circulating in the South Pacific, extending from South America to the Australian coast.  

The resulting changes in ocean circulation patterns have pushed the East Australian Current around 350 kilometres further south, with temperatures east of Tasmania as much as two degrees warmer than they were 60 years ago.

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Hydro International – 

The newly-established Norwegian renewable energy company STRAUM merges three technology environments to become a leading supplier of wave, tidal and ocean wind power technology. STRAUM believes consolidation is the key to success.

Tidal energy
Norway has a strong history of developing world class offshore and hydropower technologies. This is a unique platform to develop marine renewable energy systems from, and a competitive advantage we believe now is materialised in STRAUM, says CEO Harald Østerberg. Through consolidation the company gathers expertise and financial strength to break through in the global market. He sees synergies connected to technology development and commercialisation.

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gCaptain – 

Yesterday marked 32 years since the sinking of Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn.

Twenty-three of the Blackthorn’s 50 crewmembers lost their lives during the Coast Guard’s worst peacetime disaster, and a memorial inscribed with the names of the crewmembers that perished now stands two miles north of the accident site.

Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker, Atlantic Area Commander, was at the ceremony honoring the ship’s crew. Below are his thoughts immediately following the ceremony. – LT Stephanie Young, USCG. Our worst peace time loss.

Thirty-two years to the day and connections to this event still remain. Personal connections abound, including my own. I remember the disbelief I felt when I saw the message. Had to be a mistake. It wasn’t. The news got worse. And worse still.

Over the years I have wondered how each of the effected lives would have turned out had this fate not befallen them.

Would my classmate Frank Sarna maybe be in my privileged position instead of me ?

Questions that will remain forever unanswered. A cuttermen tribute is read by Lt. Craig Allen, prospective commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter William Flores. He begins to read the names of the fallen.

The bell tolls. As I prepare to deliver my remarks the bell tolls for each member of the crew as one of 23 crew members from the soon-to-be Coast Guard Cutter William Flores places a rose on the memorial to honor the fallen.

When the name of my classmate is called and the bell rings, a lump forms high in my throat. It would remain through my entire remarks.

It was a fittingly moving ceremony brilliantly executed with the help of Sector St. Petersburg and countless unseen supporters.

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