How to effectively model oceanographic surface buoy dynamics

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How to systematically evaluate oceanographic mooring compliance

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How to control uncertainty in buoy drag coefficient when designing oceanographic moorings

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Why uncertainty in buoy drag coefficient puts oceanographic data quality at risk

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Why compliance is at the heart of resilient oceanographic surface mooring design

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How to control uncertainty in water current profile when designing oceanographic moorings

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What the History of Flight Can Teach Marine Renewable Energy

Whether it’s 1903 and you’re the Wright brothers, or it’s 2018, and you’re a technology developer third-party verification provides an opportunity for you to benefit from the experience of those who have gone before.
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How to instantly assess oceanographic mooring designs

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Release Announcement v2.45

ProteusDS v2.45 is now available for download.   The software is ready to go, and login credentials for active subscribers will allow you to access ProteusDS v2.45 from our website. In case you’re wondering what’s new, we’ve highlighted some of the critical new features below.   NEW Tools for Modeling Oceanographic

The Connection Between Trash, Autonomous Ships, and Ocean Androids

The ocean is a vital source of the oxygen we breathe, and finding solutions to keep the ocean healthy is one of humanity’s greatest present challenges. At DSA, we’re always inspired by and 100% supportive of what our ocean engineering colleagues are doing to protect the ocean. It is worth

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