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Oceans Monitoring

The oceans play a crucial role in climate regulation, biodiversity and the provision of natural resources. Marine geology has an essential role in understanding these processes and helping to manage the oceans for the well-being of the overall ecosystem.

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      Glaciers are melting at an accelerated rate, which can cause an increase in earthquakes related to the release of pressure under the ice caps. Additionally, melting glaciers can increase the risk of volcanic eruptions by releasing pressure on underlying volcanoes.

      Ocean observation has become more and more sophisticated with the development of high-tech “in-situ” instruments. For example, today’s ocean observation instruments include floating buoys for real-time monitoring for estimating mammal population in critical areas and seismic monitoring of the seabed

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    • Sercel develops and markets advanced Earth and Ocean Monitoring solutions for seismological and oceanographic engineering, scientific community, military and oil & gas applications: 

      • Measurement of micro seismic events caused by earthquake activities
      • Underwater active acoustic communication
      • Underwater positioning 
      • Passive acoustic monitoring on wide frequency range but specialized in ultra low frequency
      • Marine mammal detection 
      • Sercel provides a wide range of seismic sensors & recorders, underwater data transmission systems and marine instrumentation adapted to the harshest environments

      In addition, Sercel, in partnership with SHIP AS A SERVICE, is equipped with a marine test center to help you achieve your in-sea equipment project goals, from testing and validation through to qualification.


      How to monitor Thwaites Glacier which is melting fast?

      The Thwaites Glacier in an isolated part of Antarctica has the potential to cause a catastrophic rise in global sea levels. It is melting fast and accounts for four percent of the world’s annual sea level rise. The scientific community would like to monitor Thwaites in order that they can determine how quickly it is warming and how threatening it could prove to be. Sercel's MATS3G acoustic modem was used on the nupiri muka, a fully autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).

      Do you know Sercel Marine Test Center ?

      The MARINE Test Center is a laboratory born from a partnership between Sercel Underwater Acoustics and SHIP AS A SERVICE. The combination of both companies’ expertise in acoustic communication and marine services make it the ideal choice for the test, qualification and validation of in-sea equipment. The sea test center offers a safe and secure environment within which to achieve your test objectives under optimal conditions.

      Passive Acoustic Monitoring Quietsea in UK waters.

      Marine mammal monitoring provides a window into the state of the oceans, helping to understand ecological change, assess the impacts of human activities and promote the conservation of marine ecosystems.

      Sercel’s QuietSeaTM is a fully integrated Passive Acoustic Monitoring system stepped up performance with the extension of the frequency bandwidth to 180 kHz, allowing the detection of cetaceans (porpoise click trains as example.) 


      Underwater positioning and navigation from MATS LT

      Our light and compact underwater acoustic modem, MATS LT, was recently used by Kopadia, a French company specializing in underwater inspection projects. By allowing easy integration and delivering good results in very shallow waters, MATS LT enabled Kopadia to design, in a record time, a fully integrated positioning and tracking solution for its AUV.


      Conducting underwater seismic surveys can be an extremely challenging task, requiring the deployment of specialized equipment such as ocean-bottom seismometers in hostile environments, often several thousand meters beneath sea-level.