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June is turning out to be a busy month for the FMRI programme. It is one week since our Lead Scientist, Katy Hill, was hosted by the National Oceanography Centre as part of the NOC Association of Marine Science National Capability Beneficiaries Annual Meeting. It was a valuable opportunity to look at the Science Requirements Framework (SRF) with current users of the NERC National Marine…

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The last fortnight has seen our Lead Scientist Katy Hill and our Grand Challenge Champions facilitating the 'Marine Science in 2040' conversation at a series of national Roadshow workshops in Edinburgh, Liverpool and Exeter. Our thanks to the 59 delegates who signed-up to contribute to the Science…

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of the Grand Challenge Champions who will be supporting the development of the Science Requirements Framework.

To discuss any area of the Science Requirements Framework, you can get in touch with the relevant Champions via the FMRI inbox: fmri-at-noc.ac.uk

The Champions

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There is now an exciting opportunity to join the FMRI team at the National Oceanography Centre as FMRI Lead Engineer.

This new role is being created to lead the conversation with technical subject matter experts across disciplines including: ship technologies, marine autonomy, sensors and digital infrastructure. It will be a key role in developing the…

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UKRI have announced a £4m Infrastructure Fund investment in Future Marine Research Infrastructure: Accelerating Adoption of Sensor Innovation. This investment aims to demonstrate that sensor innovation can be rapidly developed into deployable solutions for marine science.

You can learn more about this call by…

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Funded by FMRI, a team from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have been collaborating with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to overcome the challenges to securing the MGN 664 certification required for an autonomous platform to operate within territorial waters. As a result of this work, the team have secured the MCA approval for BAS to…

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Advanced sensor technologies are the key to unlocking a marine research infrastructure that is cutting-edge, resilient to changes in the ocean system, reliable and responsive to future user requirements. FMRI therefore commissioned the National Oceanography Centre and Defra to co-host a community engagement exercise exploring the challenges and opportunities in Measurement Systems for…

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FMRI has been funding the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) to undertake a demonstrator mission using a wave-propelled uncrewed surface vessel (USV) to recover scientific data from a sensor moored 1,800 metres deep in the Rockall Trough.

This is an incredible achievement by the team at SAMS and our [industry] partners at Autonaut and Sonardyne. We believe it is…

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The Net-Zero Oceanographic Capability scoping study (2021) identified the expansion of marine autonomy as one option for a future research infrastructure. The FMRI programme therefore invited the Challenger Society and NOC Association for Marine Science National Capability to establish the joint Upscaling of Autonomy Working Group (UAWG) to explore this option in more detail with the marine…

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It's a busy week for members of the FMRI Programme Leadership Team who are communicating the programme's vision to key stakeholders. In London, our SRO has been providing evidence to the inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Ocean into the Future of Ocean…