The World’s biggest Iceberg Breaks Off of Antarctica
A gigantic iceberg, bigger than the state of Rhode Island, has broken off of Antarctica.
The iceberg sized chunk of ice is shaped like a giant contorted surfboard, and is roughly 105 miles (170 kilometers) long and 15 miles (25 kilometers) wide.
It was spotted by satellites as it calved from the western side of Antarctica’s Ronne Ice Shelf, according to the European Space Agency.
The iceberg is now floating freely on the Weddell Sea, a large bay in the western Antarctic where explorer Ernest Shackleton once lost his ship, the Endurance, to pack ice.
The 1,667-square-mile (4,320 square kilometers) iceberg—which now the world’s biggest and has been called A-76, after the Antarctic quadrant where it was first spotted—was captured by the European Union’s Copernicus Sentinel, a two-satellite constellation that orbits Earth’s poles.
Iceberg calving is part of the natural cycle, with huge chunks of ice breaking off the ice shelf at regular intervals. Scientists aren’t attributing this particular break-off to climate change, and instead believe it’s part of the natural cycle of iceberg calving in the region.
Once it melts, the new iceberg will not lead to a sea level rise, because it was part of a floating ice shelf — just like a melting ice cube doesn’t increase the level of the drink in your glass.
That makes icebergs like this different from glaciers or ice sheets, which are found on land, and which do raise global sea levels when they break off into the ocean and melt. If Antarctica’s entire ice sheet were to melt, it could raise sea levels by nearly 190 feet.
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Imagine if CCTV cameras could identify problems happening on site as they happen
Construction is the sixth deadliest occupation in the United States. This statistic may not surprise you, yet we seem to be ignoring safety.
Well it turns out that artificial intelligence can reduce workplace injuries by as much as 50%. In fact, AI has been shown to significantly reduce workplace injuries and fatalities in construction sites around the world.
Here are 3 ways artificial intelligence revolutionizes safety:
1) Monitoring dangerous situations and potential risks with AI & Computer Vision analytics
Automatically process billions of variables and dependencies to serve up precise answers in a digital twin like simulated intelligence platform.
2) Tracking dangerous tools & power tool maintenance lifecycles
The sensors and edge computing track how often workers use potentially risky tools like power saws or jackhammers, providing a window into their patterns of behavior and suggesting possible new strategies for preventing accidents and fatalities.
3) Automated visual inspections
Helps scheduling & automating inspections and identifying which areas need repairs first by utilizing smart phones, edge AI devices, exit CCTV systems & drones.
Computer vision & AI have shown to significantly reduce workplace fatalities around construction sites all over the world! Computer vision makes sure your tools are safe at home before they’re brought on site; AI powered autonomous vehicles monitor traffic conditions so unsafe routes don’t needlessly injure or kill anyone; automated hiring systems help keep our workforces diverse while also reducing bias.
Construction sites are dangerous places. It’s not uncommon for workers to be injured or killed on the job and that puts a huge burden on construction companies’ bottom lines as well as society at large. Fortunately, computer vision has proven itself capable of significantly reducing workplace fatalities by making sure all tools are safe before they’re brought onto site, AI powered autonomous vehicles monitor traffic conditions so unsafe routes don’t needlessly injure anyone and automated hiring systems help keep our workforces diverse.
If you have any questions about how safety & security measures can benefit your company in the long-term please feel free to reach out! We would love to hear from you if this is an area where we can offer assistance.
Ports, harbors & marinas can often pose hazardous risks due to murky and dark water conditions, which in turn makes it difficult for divers to perform biosecurity inspections.
The Ookeani – Luure underwater surveillance platform utilizes remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) is to improve safety and security for underwater surveillance inspections and capabilities.
Hazardous Risk to Divers and inspectors
One of Pagarba’s clients handles high risk diving and inspection situations and locations, where there is a high volume of departures and arrivals from domestic and international vessels. One of the clients maritime responsibilities is to manage the safety, security & risk factors due to marine pest invasion.
Many times the underwater locations like this can be dark, murky, and filled with kelp and seaweed and other debris so as to present very low visibility for the professional divers inspecting that area.
And when there are a high number of large and small vessels coming in and out of these ports and marinas, and the occasional visit from large predators like whales, sea lions, and sharks, these divers are at even higher risk and sometimes dangerous situations.
Underwater visual inspections powered by the computer vision & AI Ookeani-luure platform with the blueye robotics ROV
When a buffet of risks and dangers face humans during underwater inspections, Pagarba’s Maritime client needed a system and solution to complete tasks without this stress and worry. There is also future savings on high risk insurance liability costs. That’s why they turned to Pagarba Solutions to improve their visual inspections and underwater surveillance video analysis using the Ookeani-luure AI powered blueye robotics ROV.
This underwater ocean surveillance intelligence ROV platform has allowed them to perform far more in depth and detailed automated search and analysis visual inspections, detections, checks & precision predictions for invasive pests by using its computer vision and video intelligence capabilities. The team can discover, review, analyze and predict underwater challenges from their mobile app or tablet on the surface and ensure the safety and security of the professional divers. They can even run simultaneous inspections with multiple ROVs.
Not only are ROVs becoming more frequently used for these types of inspections, but Pagarba and some of their clients are researching and experimenting with autonomous underwater ROVs and discovering new ways to automate , analyze and optimize the use of a variety of different ROVs. Call it the Intelligent ROV surveillance platform for biosecurity and compliance with computer vision, AI powered video search and analysis – including survey designs and identification of specimens found in ports, harbors and marinas.
Learn more about how Pagarba Solutions can help you inspect and analyze your next underwater project by contacting us today and head to our website for more epic underwater details and footage.