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Military Listens Close To Marine Scientists' Ocean Sound Data
#Hydrophones - Could the world's network of hydrophones used by marine scientists to track ocean sounds such as whale songs also be used to spy on the movements of military submarines? That's a real concern among North America's top brass,…
Legacy Report Concludes Four-Year European Marine Research Programme
#MarineScience - The recent publication of the SEAS-ERA Legacy Report brings to a successful conclusion the four-year work programme of the SEAS-ERA Network, a consortium of 21 European marine research funding organisations (RFOs) from 18 member and associated member states.…
Impressive €70m In EU Marine Grants for Irish Science Projects
#marineinst – In the six years between 2007-2013, 111 Irish research groups (including SMEs) have participated in 210 competitive EU-funded marine projects; winning over €70 million in grant-aid. "These figures", said Marine Institute, Chief Executive, Dr Peter Heffernan, "are even…
SMARTSkills Workshop For Marine Researchers In Galway This Month
#MarineScience - The Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) and the Marine Institute will host a one-day SMARTSkills 2014 workshop on Wednesday 27 August in Oranmore, Galway. This workshop is aimed at preparing early-stage researchers in developing successful…
Marine Institute Pays Tribute To Dr Kostas Nittis
#InMemoriam - The Marine Institute was saddened to hear of the untimely passing of esteemed colleague and friend Dr Kostas Nittis of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Athens. A distinguished oceanographer, Dr Nittis served the marine science community as…
Marine Institute Bursary Programme Highlighted
#marinescience – Twenty-two 3rd level students highlighted the value of the Marine Institute bursary programme at the annual Bursar Seminar day recently (24th July) where they show cased their skills and experience gained at the Institute.The Marine Institute Bursary programme…
Marine Scientists Make New Discoveries on the Rockall Bank
#marinescience – A team of thirteen marine scientists representing eight nationalities led by Dr Aggeliki Georgiopoulou from University College Dublin (School of Geological Sciences) and Dr Veerle Huvenne from the National Oceanography Centre, UK (Marine Geoscience), recently completed a two…
Funding For New Research On Galway Coastal Climate
#MarineScience - Research funding of some €96,000 has been awarded to NUI Galway to study the marine environment of Galway Bay - and what that information can mean for those who live around it. As the Galway Advertiser reported earlier…
Galway Teachers Discover Their Local Seashore During 'Explorers' Training
#Marine - Local primary school teachers in Galway have just finished a week-long training course (1-5 July) on how to incorporate marine studies into their schools through fun activities and projects. Sea for Society (EU FP7 project) research last year…
Marine Researchers Pore Over Data Collected From Whittard Canyon
#MarineScience - Marine scientists from Ireland, the UK, US and Germany are starting to examine data collected from the Marine Institute's recent research mission to the Whittard Canyon in the North Atlantic, according to RTÉ News. As previously reported on…
National Maritime College Marks First Decade With Summer Conferrings
#cokrharbour – The National Maritime College of Ireland at Ringaskiddy, in Cork Harbour, the first higher education facility in the State to be built using the PPP process, marked its 10th year as it hosted the Cork Institute of Technology…
Frenchman's Plan For 'Starship Enterprise Of The Seas'
#NewDesign - The Verge has some beautiful artists' renderings of a proposal for an amazing ocean laboratory that's been dubbed 'the Starship Enterprise of sea exploration'. The brainchild of architect and oceanographer Jacques Rougerie, the SeaOrbiter is the culmination of…
Irish Marine Scientists Explore Whittard Canyon Deep-Sea Submarine Canyon
#deepsea – An international research team, led by scientists from NUI Galway, is currently exploring the Whittard Canyon deep-sea submarine canyon system in the North East Atlantic onboard the Marine Institute's RV Celtic Explorer. Researchers from Ireland, the UK, the…
Bursary Students join the Marine Institute for Summer Science Placements
#marinescience – The annual Marine Institute bursary programme gets underway this month (June, 2014) with 22 third-level students. Over eight weeks the students will work in a variety of areas including fish and shellfish assessments and surveys, sampling salmon and…
Deep Sea Fish Remove One Million Tonnes of CO2 from UK & Irish Waters Every Year
#fish – Deep sea fish remove and store more than one million tonnes of CO2 from UK and Irish surface waters every year, according to a new study completed by researchers from the Marine Institute and the University of Southampton,…
Postgrad Research Opportunity: Cold Water Carbonate Ecosystems In Irish Waters
#MarineScience - Marine-related postgraduates (MSc and PhD) across Ireland and Germany are being offered a unique opportunity to gain offshore marine research and training skills and experience acting as chief scientists of their own research voyage from 11-17 September as…

Marine Science Perhaps it is the work of the Irish research vessel RV Celtic Explorer out in the Atlantic Ocean that best highlights the essential nature of marine research, development and sustainable management, through which Ireland is developing a strong and well-deserved reputation as an emerging centre of excellence. From Wavebob Ocean energy technology to aquaculture to weather buoys and oil exploration these pages document the work of Irish marine science and how Irish scientists have secured prominent roles in many European and international marine science bodies.

 

At A Glance – Ocean Facts

  • 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean
  • The ocean is responsible for the water cycle, which affects our weather
  • The ocean absorbs 30% of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by human activity
  • The real map of Ireland has a seabed territory ten times the size of its land area
  • The ocean is the support system of our planet.
  • Over half of the oxygen we breathe was produced in the ocean
  • The global market for seaweed is valued at approximately €5.4 billion
  • · Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems in the world — at 230 million years
  • 1.9 million people live within 5km of the coast in Ireland
  • Ocean waters hold nearly 20 million tons of gold. If we could mine all of the gold from the ocean, we would have enough to give every person on earth 9lbs of the precious metal!
  • Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector in the world – Ireland is ranked 7th largest aquaculture producer in the EU
  • The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean in the world, covering 20% of the earth’s surface. Out of all the oceans, the Atlantic Ocean is the saltiest
  • The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. It’s bigger than all the continents put together
  • Ireland is surrounded by some of the most productive fishing grounds in Europe, with Irish commercial fish landings worth around €200 million annually
  • 97% of the earth’s water is in the ocean
  • The ocean provides the greatest amount of the world’s protein consumed by humans
  • Plastic affects 700 species in the oceans from plankton to whales.
  • Only 10% of the oceans have been explored.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year, equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute.
  • 12 humans have walked on the moon but only 3 humans have been to the deepest part of the ocean.

(Ref: Marine Institute)

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