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Editorial or this, the ocean observation edition of Marine

Technology Reporter, we could not be more thrilled than to present our interview with RDML John A.

Okon, Commander, Naval Meteorology & Ocean-

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The targeted focus of our interview with RDML Okon, which starts on page 24, is a look inside how the command currently, and in the future,


John C. O’Malley will increasingly use unmanned assets to help accomplish the vast scope of its work. Many of you reading this already know full well some of the subsea technology needs from this command, but I think you’ll ? nd RDML Okon’s responses to our questions enlightening.

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A different aspect of ‘ocean observation’ is a look inside Emily Penn’s eXXpedition.

This insightful feature pro? le looks at Penn’s mission to meld art and science to help uncover some of the ocean’s more vexing problems. The feature is written by MTR’s sum-

Contributing Writers

Justin Manley, U.S. mer intern Celia Konowe, who has a keen interest in hydrology, ecology conservation and

Elaine Maslin, Aberdeen marine ecosystem threats. She continues to contribute to our pages as she simultaneously

Tom Mulligan, Ireland

Claudio Paschoa, Brazil ? nishes her ? nal year at the University of Rochester.

William Stoichevski, Oslo

From the business side of ocean observation Elaine Maslin looks inside the activities of

Autonomous Robotics Ltd., and its work on “Flying Nodes,” a system designed to speed

Production Manager

Irina Vasilets up deployment and enable more ? exible survey geometries compared to cable-based deployment.

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Finally, we had a pair of interesting video interviews recently. The ? rst is with Patrik

Nicole Ventimiglia

Möller, CEO of CorPower Ocean, which is gearing up to deliver ‘bankable’ wave power renewable energy to the world by 2024. The second – topical as we endure the most active

Corporate Staff hurricane season in the U.S. ever – with Olav and Oliver Hollingsaeter, with via their

Manager, Marketing company OceanTherm are examining how to morph proven ‘bubble curtain’ technology

Mark O’Malley used to keep Norwegian fjords ice-free into a system that could effectively help to tempo-

Accounting rarily reduce the sea surface temperature and the power of hurricanes.

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