people & companies MTEM Partners with Global Marine in N. Sea MTEM (Multi-Transient Electromagnetic), the Edinburghbased company that provides electromagnetic surveying for the oil and gas industry has selected Global Marine Systems Limited (Global Marine) to provide the cable installation for a North Sea oil finder project, for Venture Production Plc. The work has begun in a 24 km stretch of water located 200km off the North Scottish coast. MTEM's technology will be deployed offshore to help oil companies determine oil and gas reserves, before drilling. If successful, the technology could be rolled out to other oil companies, potentially delivering billions of pounds of cost savings. MTEM's electromagnetic surveys will be deployed undersea to detect levels of hydrocarbons beneath the ocean floor, and help pinpoint the location of oil and gas deposits. The company will utilize Global Marine's cable ship Sovereign to lay receiver cable on the seafloor in between 80m and 100m water depth which will accurately record the level of hydrocarbons under the sea at predefined locations. The recordings will then be transmitted to the Sovereign's onboard recording laboratories and evaluated. For more infomation, Email deborah.bartlett@ globalmarinesystems.com Kooyman Honored for Antarctic Field Research New York City's Explorers Club awarded Gerald Kooyman of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego its highest honor for accomplishments in polar field research. Kooyman, a professor emeritus of biology and research physiology, is a distinguished scientist who has conducted research on marine birds and mammals for 45 years. Through extensive field research in Antarctica, he has become one of the world's foremost experts on emperor penguins and Weddell leopard seals. This year's annual event, "The Importance of Polar Places," was intended to coincide with the launch of the International Polar Year (IPY), a major international science initiative launched this month. IPY was developed to bring attention to the importance of the polar regions. The Explorers Club awarded Kooyman its Finn Ronne Memorial Award for Polar Field Science and Exploration "for his innovative and 52 MTR groundbreaking research on the diving behavior and physiology of Weddell seals and emperor penguins and for scientific achievement during a lifetime of Antarctic field research," according to the award citation. The Explorers Club bestows the Finn Ronne Award, a memorial honoring the famed Norwegian-born U.S. polar explorer, to individuals "noted for accomplishments in polar field research that best typify the spirit of explorer Finn Ronne." Ronne was well known for his many years spent exploring and mapping Antarctica. Kooyman, a member of the Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine at Scripps, studies the anatomy and physiology of airbreathing vertebrates as well as the exercise physiology and diving behavior of aquatic vertebrates, marine birds and marine mammals. He was the first scientist to design and implement studies using a time-depth recorder to measure diving in free- diving seals. In recent years, Kooyman has focused his research on diving and population studies in emperor penguins. During recent expeditions to Antarctica, Kooyman has documented climate-induced changes and theirimpacts on emperor penguin habitats. A member of the Explorers Club and several scientific societies, including the American Polar Society, Kooyman in 2005 was the first recipient of the Kenneth Norris Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Marine Mammalogy. The Explorers Club was founded in 1904 by a group of the world's leading explorers of the time. It is a multidisciplinary, not for profit organization dedicated to the advancement of field research, scientific research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. With more than 3,000 members worldwide, the organization is headquartered in New York. April 2007
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