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Dr.ir. C.D. de Jong (Fugro-Intersite B.V.)

Alfred Wegener Institute - Foundation for Polar and Marine Research

The Institute's research mission is to improve our understanding of ocean-ice-atmosphere interactions, the animal and plant kingdoms of the Arctic and Antarctic, and the evolution of the polar continents and seas. Given the major role played by these regions within the Earth's climate system, global change is a central focus of the research effort at AWI.
AWI collaborates in numerous international research programmes and maintains close contacts with many universities and institutes in Europe and farther afield. It sends scientists to other institutes throughout the world, to other research ships and stations, and invites scientists from other nations to cruises aboard 'Polarstern', as well as to Bremerhaven and Potsdam. About a quarter of those participating in 'Polarstern' expeditions are scientists from abroad.  

Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping

The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (C-COM)/ Joint Hydrographic Center (JHC) is a University of New Hampshire program aimed at creating a national center for expertise in ocean mapping and hydrographic sciences. Guided by a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the JHC operates in partnership with NOAA's National Ocean Service. The C-COM is a University center that expands the scope of interaction and cooperation with the private sector, other government agencies and universities. In addition to NOAA support, C-COM currently has projects underway funded by the US Geological Survey, the Office of Naval Research, the Naval Research Lab, DARPA, NSF and several private sector partners.
The centers focus their activities on two major tasks, an educational task, aimed at creating a learning center that will promote and foster the education of a new generation of hydrographers and ocean mapping scientists, and a research task aimed at developing and evaluating a wide range of state-of-the-art hydrographic and ocean mapping technologies and applications.
The Centers' graduate degree program in ocean mapping has been awarded Category A Recognition by the International Federation of Surveyors/International Hydrographic Organization/International Cartographic Organization (FIG/IHO/ICA) Advisory Board on Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors.

Consortium for Ocean Leadership

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that represents 95 of the leading public and private ocean research education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy.  The organization also manages ocean research and education programs in areas of scientific ocean drilling, ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships. The Consortium for Ocean Leadership advances research, education and sound ocean policy. Our vision is a global society that views its own well-being as intimately connected to the ocean. 

CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research

CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research (CMAR) houses Australia’s leading regional climate change modelling research teams. Our research aims to advance Australian climate, marine and earth systems science. We focus on issues affecting Australia and the world, and we provide a range of scientific and consulting services that are underpinned by this research.
CMAR's research is delivered largely through the National Research Flagships, in particular through research themes in the Wealth from Oceans Flagship, and with the Bureau of Meteorology through the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research. 

Davey Jones' Locker - Seafloor Mapping, Marine and Coastal GIS

Established in 1998, Davey Jones' Locker is the laboratory of Dr. 'Deepsea Dawn' Wright, Professor, Department of Geosciences, Oregon State University. The lab dives into the following specialties:

  • Marine and coastal geographic information systems (GISs), particularly spatial analysis, data modeling, data conversion, and metadata.
  • Processing, production, visualization, and interpretation of seafloor maps based on multibeam bathymetry, sidescan sonar,
  • towed camera imagery, and submersible observations.
  • Web GIS (including coastal web atlases).

Delft Cluster

We are using our small country of the Netherlands more and more intensively. The population is growing and also the ambitions. We want to take an important position within Europe. We want more industry and a good accessibility. At the same time we want a safe living environment without flooding, pollution, noise and inconvenience from building activities. A mixture of wishes that is only obtainable with high-quality knowledge and new concepts. Delft Cluster has signed up for the necessary scientific knowledge.  

Delft University of Technology - Acoustic Remote Sensing Group

The Acoustic Remote Sensing (ACRS) group develops data-processing techniques for acoustic remote sensing applications used in earth's waters and its atmosphere. Both water and air are almost transparent to low-frequency sound waves. Signals can travel thousands of kilometres across the globe and are therefore very useful for both small and large scale remote sensing applications. For water, it is even the obvious choice.
The main topics of our group are hydroacoustics of river- and seafloors using advanced sonar systems, and remote sensing of the atmosphere with infrasound. We also develop new sensor methodologies, such as small autonomous underwater robots with bio-mechanical propulsion.


Deltares has a unique combination of knowledge and experience in the field of water, soil and the subsurface. It is frontrunner in the development, distribution and application of knowledge for meeting the challenges in the physical planning, design and management of vulnerable deltas, coastal areas and river basins. Deltares works for and cooperates with Dutch government, provinces and water boards, international governments, knowledge institutes and market parties. 

Department of Environmental, Earth & Ocean Sciences

The University of Massachusetts Boston is 'The Environmental Campus' of the five-campus University of Massachusetts system, and the Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences Department (EEOS) is the campus' premier interdisciplinary environmental department. EEOS was officially established in September of 2004, from the merger of Environmental, Coastal and Ocean Sciences (EEOS), Earth and Geographic Sciences (E&GS) and the undergraduate Environmental Studies Program (uESP). EEOS, together with another newly-formed entity, the campus-wide Center for Environmental Health, Science and Technology (CEHST), are the two cornerstones of the University's vision for national preeminence in environmental research and academic programs.
EEOS integrates the natural and social sciences to generate and apply new knowledge about the quality of our environment and the sustainable use of its resources. It focuses on promoting integrated science, planning, policy, and education for understanding earth-system processes and managing the impacts of urbanization on linked watershed and coastal marine systems. The department's strong interdisciplinary makeup (natural and social sciences within the same department) and its focus on linked watershed-coastal systems are unique in the country. 

Florida Atlantic University - Department of Ocean Engineering

The Department of Ocean Engineering's mission is to provide an outstanding ocean engineering program for learning and research and to prepare individuals to meet national and international engineering challenges in the ocean environment.
The department has an annual five million dollar research expenditure in the areas of marine materials, acoustics and vibrations, hydrodynamics and physical oceanography, marine structures, and autonomous underwater vehicles. The research is sponsored by various national and state funding agencies, including the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, the Florida Department of Transportation as well as marine and offshore industries.  

Florida State University - Department of Oceanography

The Florida State University Department of Oceanography graduate program offers both master of science and doctor of philosophy graduate degrees in oceanography with specializations in biological, physical, geological, and chemical oceanography.  

Florida Tech Department of Marine and Environmental Systems

Our mission is to integrate oceanography, ocean engineering, environmental science, marine science, meteorology and related academic concentrations into interdisciplinary knowledge-based optimal solutions to vital contemporary issues through education, research and service. 
Directions in the Department of Marine and Environmental Systems tend to mirror the interdisciplinary nature of the interests and expertise of a closely related multidisciplinary faculty in oceanography, meteorology, ocean engineering and environmental sciences, with each program offering bachelor of science, master of science and doctoral degrees. 
The spectrum of research in marine and environmental systems ranges from utilizing the scientific method in understanding particular phenomena to a more applied approach directed toward developing solutions to specific problems. The understanding of problems and a vision of alternative solutions manifests itself in research and engineering design of systems or components with direct benefit to human quality of life.   

Göteborg University - Marine Research Centre

The three Marine Research Centres at the universities of Gothenburg (GMF), Stockholm (SMF) and Ume(UMF) were established in 1989 as national resources for marine research, following the decision of the Swedish Government. The aim is to inform about, to coordinate and to support marine education, research and environmental monitoring.
The main goals of the Marine Research Centre are to stimulate and support high quality marine research and to maintain marine science at internationally high level. 

Great Lakes Maritime Academy

The Academy prepares future Merchant Marine Officers/business professionals for the challenge of operating ships of all types.  Curricula range from seamanship, navigation and piloting to steam and diesel engineering together with three semesters at sea aboard commercial vessels.  Along with a USCG unlimited tonnage license, cadets earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University. 

HafenCity Universität, Hamburg - Department Geomatik, MSc Hydrography

The hydrography program was examined by the International Advisory Board of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), and accredited according to the 'Standards of Competence of Hydrographic Surveyors' at Category A (highest level). 

HBO opleiding Hydrografie - Hogeschool van Leeuwarden, Maritiem Instituut Willem Barentsz

De opleiding aan de Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden wordt gegeven op het Maritiem Instituut Willem Barentsz op Terschelling. Het is een vierjarige HBO opleiding die je uiteindelijk de titel Ingenieur (Ing.) oplevert. De school bezit een oefenschip, de m.s. Octans. Bovendien worden er geregeld periodes georganiseerd waarin je met state-of-the-art apparatuur van bedrijven wordt gewerkt aan een opdracht. In het derde jaar is er een stage. 

Japan Marine Science and Technology Center

The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology’s (JAMSTEC) main objective is to promote marine scientific research and related technology, and to contribute to the advancement of academic research with engagement in fundamental research and development concerning ocean, and in cooperative activities on academic research related to the Ocean, for the benefit of peace and human welfares. 

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory - Ocean Remote Sensing

Ocean remote sensing research is conducted by the APL Space Department's Ocean Remote Sensing Group to solve problems associated with civilian and military applications of remote sensing in the marine environment. The largest efforts have concentrated on the extraction of oceanographic information from synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery and applications of radar altimetry. Underlying both of these efforts is a substantial basic research program addressing the physics of microwave scattering from the sea surface. Numerous projects associated with applications of optical and infrared remote sensing techniques have also been part of the research program. Sponsoring agencies have included NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and various Navy offices. 

Joint Oceanographic Institutions

Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI) is a consortium of 20 premier oceanographic research institutions that serves the U.S. scientific community by leading large-scale, global research programs in scientific ocean drilling and ocean observing. For more than 25 years, JOI has helped facilitate discovery and advance global understanding of the Earth and its oceans through excellence in program management. 

Marine Advanced Technology Education Center

The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center is a national partnership of educational institutions and organizations working to improve marine technical education in the U.S. and to meet the workplace needs of America's marine-related workforce and employers. Headquartered at Monterey Peninsula College, the MATE Center is one of eleven Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers established with funding from the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program.  

Massachusetts Institue of Technology - Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences: Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate

The Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate (PAOC) oversees a broad program of education and research in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT. Many of the most important discoveries in our science, such as chaos, the chemistry of the ozone hole and the physics of hurricanes were made by PAOC scientists.  

Maritime and Ocean Engineering Research Institute

The Maritime & Ocean Engineering Research Institute (MOERI) as an affiliated research institute of KORDI (Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute) has been doing pioneering and challenging R&D in the field of ship and offshore technologies during its history over 30 years. As a state-support research institute, MOERI also makes every effort to support the government policy and national needs for ocean development & preservation, and marine safety. It includes the development of facilities & equipments for ocean resources exploitation, the development of ocean space and energy utilization techniques, the development of technologies of maritime safety, and the development of marine pollution and disaster countermeasures. MOERI also supports the needs from naval research fields, and ocean scientific research fields. 

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS) is the national focus for oceanography in the UK with a remit to achieve scientific excellence in its own right as one of the world's top five oceanographic research institutions. NOCS delivers a diverse mission, which ranges from managing the national research vessel fleet and other major facilities, to programmes of strategic research for NERC, and academic research and education in ocean and earth sciences in support of the University's mission.
NOCS activities also encompass major ocean technology development, long-term observations, managing international science programmes, promoting enterprise and knowledge transfer, providing advice to Government, business and charities, and the engagement between science and society. Moreover, the Centre is also specifically charged with working with the wider science community to provide strategic leadership, coordination and facilitation for the whole of the UK marine and related earth sciences. 

Naval Postgraduate School - Department of Oceanography

One of the major goals of the NPS research program is to provide cost-effective research and unique research laboratory facilities that permit students and faculty to support Fleet and OPNAV needs. We provide independent assessment of proposed solutions to Naval issues, pre-deployment evaluation of new technologies, and combined student-faculty expertise for current research and development programs. The NPS Research Programs is comprised of sponsored research programs, institutionally funded research programs and  integrated graduate education and research programs. 

Newcastle University - School of Marine Science and Technology

The School of Marine Science and Technology is the largest and broadest-based marine school in the UK, covering the fields of marine engineering, marine biology, naval architecture, offshore engineering, coastal management and small craft technology, and enjoys a substantial international reputation. 

Norwegian University of Science and Technology - Department of Marine Technology

The Department of Marine Technology, which is a part of the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, offers an international two year MSc programme in Marine Technology. Marine Technology is an ideal specialization for first-degree engineers with technical interests. This is an education that provides innovative, professional challenges and lead to a variety of career possibilities. 

Nova Scotia Community College - Marine Geomatics

This one-year program develops professionals who have a thorough grounding in the area of Geomatics and can use their skills to effectively explore, manage and monitor marine and coastal environments. This one-year advanced diploma program is designed to complement an existing university degree in the sciences, a two-year diploma in a related field of study, or previous geomatics-related experience. 

Old Dominion University - Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography

Established in 1991, the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography (CCPO) at Old Dominion University promotes research on the physical oceanography of the coastal ocean and related oceanographic processes. Through funding which allows faculty, visitors, students, consultants, and research associates to focus their efforts on specific research areas, CCPO supports and facilitates innovative research on the physical oceanography of the coastal ocean and other coastal related processes. 

PACON International

PACON International is a non-profit, tax-exempt, scientific organization dedicated to the sharing of scientific and technological information among the Pacific maritime nations. PACON International is an organization of marine scientists, engineers, industrial organizations, and policy makers dedicated to sharing state-of-the-art marine science and technology and the appropriate applications of this technology. Our principle goal is to provide information to all participating nations to promote the environmentally sound utilization of ocean resources and to advance knowledge in the various disciplines. The organization provides an international forum for nations and islands of the Pacific to exchange information, ideas and technology.  

Polish Academy of Sciences - Institute of Oceanology

The Institute mission is to generate the knowledge to support the sustainable use and protection of the marine environment through innovative, high-level scientific and technological research that significantly adds to the knowledge and understanding of the environment, and provides information and technology for its clients. The Institute's clients are Polish and international users of marine science and technology, the Polish community, governmental agencies, policy makers, educators and students.
The Institute of Oceanology conducts scientific research in the shelf seas and coastal regions including the Baltic and European Arctic Seas. 

Princeton University - Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences

The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program is a unique collaboration between a renowned academic institution, Princeton University, and a world class climate research laboratory, the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. AOS, which is an autonomous Program within the Geosciences Department, hosts graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and visiting senior researchers, as well as permanent research staff and faculty. The highly flexible graduate program offers students opportunities for research and courses in a wide variety of disciplines related to climate, atmospheric sciences and oceanography, including geophysical fluid dynamics, atmospheric physics, atmospheric chemistry,  biogeochemistry of the land and ocean, atmospheric modeling, ocean modeling, climate dynamics, global climate change and paleo-climate. Through the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) Program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute, students can explore climate- [and air pollution] related policy. Students benefit from an unusually high faculty-to-student ratio and access to GFDL's supercomputing resources. We invite you to find out more about our program by exploring our website. 

Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory

The Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory (POL) is a fully-owned research laboratory of the Natural Environment Research Council. Research includes:

  • Physics of estuarine, coastal and shelf sea circulation.
  • Wind wave dynamics & sediment transport processes.
  • Global sea level science and geodetic oceanography.
  • Marine technology & operational oceanography.

Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is the National Oceanographic Institution of the Netherlands. The institute was founded in 1876 and is part of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
The mission of NIOZ is to gain and communicate scientific knowledge on seas and oceans for the understanding and sustainability of our planet, and to facilitate and support marine research and education in the Netherlands and Europe. 

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

With more than a century of exploration and discovery in global sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography is the world's preeminent center for ocean and earth research, teaching, and public education. A graduate school of UC San Diego, Scripps's leadership in many scientific fields reflects its continuing commitment to excellence in research, modern facilities and ships, distinguished faculty, and outstanding students - and the horizons continue to expand. 

Seiche Underwater

Courses in the field of underwater acoustics. 

Southampton Solent University - Faculty of Technology

The Faculty of Technology of Southampton’s Solent University offers several three year full time BSc courses, related to Maritime Industry:

TNO Defence, Security and Safety - Maritime

The maritime cluster plays an essential role in the Dutch economy. One of the focus groups of TNO is the traditionally bustling maritime industry in the Netherlands. We support clients from the Ministry of Defence as well as civil maritime clients in all their innovation needs, ranging from fishery matters to hydraulic engineering.
It is our aim to apply our extensive military and civil maritime knowledge and expertise to innovations that benefit the competitive position of companies. We participate actively in the Maritime Knowledge Centre for the accumulation of fundamental knowledge in ship design, shipbuilding and shipping.
We also use our knowledge and expertise in numerous products and integrated solutions, such as:

  • Improved sonar systems for selective fishing.
  • Non-lethal anti-piracy measures.
  • Environmental impact assessments of commercial operations at sea.
  • Identification of extractable sand resources at sea.
  • Safer methods for navigation in narrow waterways.
  • Reduced emission and lowered fuel consumption in shipping traffic.

University of New Brunswick - Ocean Mapping Group

The Ocean Mapping Group was established at the University of New Brunswick in 1988 in response to a national need to develop advanced ocean mapping capabilities. The research of the Ocean Mapping Group is focused on developing new and innovative techniques and tools for the management, processing, visualization and interpretation of ocean mapping data. While we define ocean mapping in its broadest sense (including the water column, sea surface and sea bottom), our initial efforts have been directed to seafloor mapping, and in particular, towards problems associated with high-volume seafloor bathymetric and imaging systems. 

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) is an interdisciplinary program that provides an educational and research environment to examine the dynamical, physical, and chemical processes that occur in the atmosphere and the ocean. A major theme is the establishment of a physical basis for understanding, observing, and modeling climate and global change. 

University of Hawaii - School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology

The School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology was established by the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii in 1988 in recognition of the need to realign and further strengthen the excellent education and research resources available within the University. SOEST brings together four academic departments, three research institutes, several federal cooperative programs, and support facilities of the highest quality in the nation to meet challenges in the ocean, earth and planetary sciences and technologies. 

University of Oxford - Marine Group

Formed in 1991 as a result of the University Grants Committee (UGC) review of UK Geology Departments, the Marine Group is interested in the dynamics of the world's ocean basins and their margins. 

University of Plymouth - Geomatics Research Group

The Geomatics research group is based within the Faculty of Science (University of Plymouth). Its areas of interest include coastal zone management, hydrography, geodesy, GIS, GPS, meteorology, navigation & remote sensing. The aims of the group are:

  • new areas of collaborative research.
  • links with commercial organizations.

The group also teaches undergraduate/postgraduate courses in:

University of Rhode Island - Graduate School of Oceanography

The University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) is playing a key role in the development of ocean science. As a leading institute of ocean education and research, our interests span the core disciplines of marine geology and geophysics, biology, atmospheric and ocean chemistry, and physics. Fascinating projects cut across these disciplines. One GSO program, for example, explores the distribution and sustenance of life far beneath the seafloor by drawing on ocean drilling, geology, geochemistry and microbiology.

University of Southern Mississippi - Hydrographic Science

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Hydrographic Science Graduate Program began as a joint venture between the DMS and the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO). USM contributes the academic environment including faculty support, as well as research, educational facilities and equipment. NAVOCEANO contributions include field support in the form of equipment loans and a multi-beam data collection platform; and support personnel and students. The program received Category A certification from the International Congress of Surveyors/International Hydrographic Organization’s International Advisory Board on Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors in April, 2000. Since its inception, the program has progressed from 100% student enrollment through NAVOCEANO, to a diverse mixture of students from NAVOCEANO, NGIA, U.S. ACE, NRL, NOAA, the private sector, as well as foreign navies and hydrographic offices. 

University of Tokyo - Ocean Research Institute

The Ocean Research Institute, Japan's general oceanographic research and educational institution, was established in 1962 within the University of Tokyo as a national research center. Since then, the Institute has carried out a wide range of leading research in the fields of marine physics, chemistry, biology, geoscience, and resources. 

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society.


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