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September 2012 Issue

25 Years Ago
1987. Operation Deepscan began the ďlargest scientific expeditionĒ of Scotlandís Loch Ness. The 20-boat floatilla examined an unidentified fish species at 700-foot depths, mapped the Loch with Lowrance X-16 chart recorders and researched temperature changes and thermoclines. ... NOAA awarded a $4 million contract to Sutron Corp. for 250 acoustic water-level measurement and satellite telemetry field units to upgrade the National Water Level Observation Network. ... Inmarsat began seeking proposals for techniques allowing it to use its existing communications satellites for the satellite navigation and positioning markets.

15 Years Ago
1997. The Aquarius underwater laboratory was schedule to be redeployed to 60 feet below the ocean surface at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in the fall after undergoing renovations. ... Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. completed the construction of the RV Kairei for delivery to the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology. ... A $175,000 New Jersey state grant was awarded to allow the Stevens Institute of Technology to establish a network enabling officials and the public to gauge real-time beach conditions during storms via the Internet.

10 Years Ago
2002. A report published by the National Academy of Sciences stated that the effects of an oil spill on marine life are related to the type of petroleum spilled, the nature of the ecosystem and rate of contamination, rather than just the spillís size. ... The U.S. Department of Energy and the Australian Bureau of Metrology established an atmospheric radiation measurement site in Darwin, Australia, to improve climate models and weather forecasts of conditions such as droughts and monsoons. ... Lockheed Martin Corp. purchased the first AquaMap ShipHull positioning system from Desert Star Systems for use on its CETUS II AUV. This allowed the AUV to fly precise lines along a hullís sides and bottom.


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