N.O.C. 23 November 2015
MARINE ROBOTICS - Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, officially opened the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre on Monday. Addressing the leading figures in marine technology development, who attended the opening ceremony, Jo said: “I was honoured to open the new Marine Robotics Innovation Centre at the UK's world class National Oceanography Centre. The UK is leading the way in marine science and this new facility will help to put wind in the sails of our marine industry." The new centre will be a hub for businesses developing autonomous platforms with novel sensors, which can be used to cost-effectively capture data from the world's oceans.
NERC - NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
NERC is the UK's main agency for funding and managing research, training and knowledge exchange in the environmental sciences. Our work covers the full range of atmospheric, Earth, biological, terrestrial and aquatic science, from the deep oceans to the upper atmosphere and from the poles to the equator. We co-ordinate some of the world's most exciting research projects, tackling major issues such as climate change, environmental influences on human health, the genetic make-up of life on Earth, and much more. NERC is a non-departmental public body. We receive around £330m of annual funding from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS). This year marks NERC's 50th anniversary.
UUVs - Jo Johnson inspects one of the unmanned underwater survey vessels operated by the NOC. These are small electrically propelled submarines powered by batteries. Submarines came to prominence in World War II with the German U boat. Since then, nuclear submarines have flourished, presenting an unacceptable risk of ocean contamination from the many sinkings of such vehicles of war.
The UK has a globally unique cluster of concentrated academic and industrial expertise in the Southampton-Solent region to develop new products and services to exploit this rapidly emerging technology into new markets. For example, marine robotic and autonomous systems offer the prospect of liberating many marine operations from expensive specialist ships - thereby transforming productivity and improving the quality of what can be done by providing more continuous marine monitoring capability than would otherwise be possible.
NERC holds a monopoly position on funding research and does
not give grants to private companies undertaking similar
research - even where that research is far advanced over their
own favoured groups and associates. This stranglehold on
finance is anti-competitive and retrograde, in that technology
development is retarded. The agenda the NERC and NOC is to
gain and retain control of development, but this regime may
drive independent UK research offshore - and inevitably, lose
the technology lead for the UK.
FIRE TRAGEDY - This beautiful historic pavilion was destroyed by fire in 2014.
EASTBOURNE PIER - Is a monument at risk. It will remain at risk until the former music pavilion is restored. Miss Ocean is joining other concerned citizens and groups in the Eastbourne area who are campaigning for action to see the famous south coast landmark rebuilt.
According to the Eastbourne Independent there are over 650 postings on the Pier Memorial Facebook page.
You can see these for yourself by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/arcadememorial/
Local authority address:
Eastbourne Borough Council
1 Grove Rd
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