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January 2013 Issue

25 Years Ago 1988. West Germany’s Deutsche Bundespost, the country’s signatory for the International Maritime Satellite Organization (Inmarsat), proposed amendments that would allow it to provide land-mobile satellite communication services. Inmarsat had a nine-satellite global communications system with 6,200 ships at the time. ... The U.S. Office of Naval Research turned over the new AGOR-23 vessel to the University of Washington, who still operates it today as the RV Thomas G. Thompson. ... In a series of U.S. Navy budget cuts, the Navy Remote Ocean Sensing System (NROSS) was canceled.

15 Years Ago 1998. Scientists from the University of South Carolina and Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium began to test a possible link between blooms of Pseudo-nitzschia and coastal areas characterized by eutrophication. ... A potential hole in the ozone had opened in the Arctic stratosphere, researchers said after finding record-low levels of ozone values there in the spring of 1997. Researchers speculated this was due to a fundamental shift in polar climatology. ... Fugro-UDI Ltd. completed an unusual survey of a 443-meter-long, 9.5-meter-diameter vertical pipe at an inland power station in North Wales, using a Scorpio 60 ROV, which recorded video observations.

10 Years Ago 2003. NASA announced plans to launch two satellites, the Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) and SeaWinds. ICESat would initially measure ice-sheet mass balance, and SeaWinds would track the speed and direction of winds over the Earth’s oceans. ... Scientists found that fluorescein, a nontoxic dye that glows in the dark, can be used to detect skin diseases in all types of fish. ... EIVA A/S acquired Geological & Marine Instrumentation. ... During Wolf Creek Nuclear Reactor’s 12th refueling outage, nondestructive-examination personnel utilized Deep Ocean Engineering Inc.’s P150 ROV to perform reactor maintenance and inspections.


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