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Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, Aug 16th, 2017, 6:30 pm.
Speaker: Sgt. Patrick Foley - Massachusetts State Police Underwater Recovery
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State PoliceSgt. Foley will discuss his duties and experiences as part of the State Police Underwater Recovery Unit

State Police Divers are highly skilled, professional individuals who, aside from the daily duties of a Trooper, are called upon in times of need to perform the delicate and sometimes emotionally grueling task of search and recovery. Their duties include: active search and rescue, evidence location and recovery, body location and extrication, vehicle location and recovery, underwater survey for security purposes, hull searches, obstruction identification and removal.

URT members are available 24 hours a day and are ready for deployment to any part of the state at a moments notice. Because of the highly aquatic geography of Massachusetts, divers frequently perform missions in lakes, rivers, ponds, quarries, as well as the immediate coastline of Massachusetts including Cape Cod and the waters off the coasts of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. 

State Police URTDivers are trained to perform missions in these waters at all times of the year. In the winter months, this means diving in frigid waters sometimes covered in ice. At other times of the year, water conditions such as swift currents also pose particular challenges to divers. Aside from adverse water conditions due to weather, divers are also trained to work in confined spaces such as water wells and drainage pipes. These areas are extremely dangerous due to the limited room for movement and special equipment needed to perform such dives.

State Police Underwater Recovery Team Website


Wednesday, Sept 20th, 2017, 6:30 pm.
Speaker: Diane Thompson - The future of EL Nino and coral reefs in a warming climate
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El Nino events drive intense floods, droughts and temperature extremes all over the world, resulting in massive coral bleaching and mortality on reefs worldwide. However, it is still unclear how the frequency and intensity of these events will change as global climate continues to warm.

In her talk, Diane discuss how we can use corals to study how ocean temperatures and El Nino events have changed in the past and elucidate how they might change in the future with continued warming.

Diane Thompson is an Assistant Professor at Boston University's School for the Earth & Environment. Although Diane grew up in Minnesota, she developed a deep passion for the ocean during childhood snorkeling trips at Buck Island, US Virgin Islands. Diane attended Florida Institute of Technology and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology in the spring of 2006. As part of her undergraduate course work, she studied the reef ecosystems of the Bahamas and the terrestrial and marine ecosystems of Australia. Her thesis researched focused on the relationship between the frequency of thermal stress events in the past and the severity of coral bleaching during recent warm periods.

Diane Thompson's website

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 6:30 pm.
Speaker: Amy Fleischer - Undersea Adventures on the Nautilus
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E/V NautilusDeep beneath the surfce of the ocean are remnants of an ancient world and creatures that you could never imagine. Join friend of the NEADC and science teacher, Amy Fleischer, as she relates her 22-day voyage on Dr. Robert Ballard’s Exploration Vessel Nautilus. Equipped with the ROVs Hercules and Argus and new mapping technology from the University of New Hampshire and the University of Rhode Island, the ship explored paleocoastlines in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of southwestern California this past July.

ROV

Amy will share the stories and videos from the exploration of ancient submerged shorelines, sea caves, and relic coral reefs, as well as encounters with sharks, rays, whales, sea lions, fish, and an incredible array of invertebrates.

Amy FleischerAmy Fleischer teaches seventh and eighth grade science at Nauset Regional Middle School in an integrated program of life, earth and physical science. Much of her work, including teaching the glaciation that created Cape Cod, directly relates to the area.

 

OETNautilus Explorer Website

ALL images are property of Ocean Exploration Trust, Inc


General Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month, at the New England Aquarium Conference Center (located on the first floor of the Harbor Garage). Click here for directions

Every month a lucky dive club member gets to dive in the NEAq's Giant Ocean Tank.


Social Hour Before the General Meeting

Join us at a local restraunt before the next General Meeting. Anytime after 5:30 and there should be a few members hanging around. Stop by for drinks, appetizers, dinner, or just to say hi.

We will pick the location a day or two before the meeting, and post it on Facebook, and on the website home page

These get-togethers are meant to help answer questions and talk with new or less active members. We'll tell you about the latest club news and hear about your interests in diving.

If you are an active member, please come out and help us greet people.

Hope to see you there!

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Officer meeting

First Wednesday of every month
Location: Varies

Every month there is also a meeting where the officers discuss club issues. It is held at a different place each month, usually at a member's house, restaurant or other informal setting.

It is open to the membership, and is the perfect opportunity to bring up issues directly to the board. if you would like to attend, ask an officer and they'll let you know the location for that month.

 



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