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Unstable Atlantic Deep Ocean Circulation Under Future Climate Conditions
2014-02-21 11:46:51

The University of Bergen A new study looking at past climate change, asks if these changes in the future will be spasmodic and abrupt rather than a more gradual increase in the temperature Today, deep waters formed in the northern North Atlantic fill approximately half of the deep ocean globally. In the process, this impacts on the circum-Atlantic climate, regional sea level, and soak up much of the excess atmospheric carbon dioxide from industrialization — helping to moderate the...

Ocean Currents Drive Eel Population Changes: Study
2013-12-29 08:18:16

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fluctuations in the European eel population – a long-time holiday delicacy – may be linked to changing ocean currents in the Atlantic, according to new research published in the journal Current Biology. The European eel gives birth in the Sargasso Sea and the larvae drift towards the European coast 2700 miles away. There, in fresh water and along the coast, they grow and mature into adults, before returning to the Sargasso...

GOCE Mission Data Used To Study Ocean Currnets
2013-10-28 12:57:20

[ Watch The Video: Ocean Currents In 1993 Through 2011 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Although the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite has completed its mission and is heading back to burn up in Earth’s atmosphere, it will be living on in spirit through another mission. The primary objective of the GOCE mission was to map Earth’s gravity with great precision. GOCE has been orbiting Earth...

How Cold, Deep Ocean Waters Influence Sea Surface Temperatures
2013-07-26 06:04:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Newly published research from Oregon State University has revealed new details on the forces behind El Nino and could lead to more refined predictions for global warming. According to their report in the journal Nature, OSU scientists have used new measurements of ocean mixing to record the first multi-year data set that will allow for a comprehensive analysis of how cold, deep ocean waters can influence sea surface temperatures on a...

Satellites Stay Current On Ocean Currents
2012-05-04 03:09:15

Satellites offer a frequent overview of our entire planet — covered mostly by water — and provide valuable data to monitor and understand global ocean circulation. Understanding water currents at the ocean surface is important for many applications. Ocean surface currents have long fascinated oceanographers as they work to understand the role of oceans in the Earth system and how they affect our climate. Measurements of ocean surface currents are fundamental to a number of...

2012-01-30 09:17:43

Oceanographers have identified a series of ocean hotspots around the world generated by strengthening wind systems that have driven oceanic currents, including the East Australian Current, polewards beyond their known boundaries. The hotspots have formed alongside ocean currents that wash the east coast of the major continents and their warming proceeds at a rate far exceeding the average rate of ocean surface warming, according to an international science team whose work is published in...

Image 1 - Scientists Find An Abundance Of Fresh Water In The Arctic
2012-01-23 08:09:14

[ Watch the Video ] A massive pool of fresh water in the Arctic Ocean -- a result of melting ice and river runoff -- has been discovered by British scientists who believe it is expanding and could lower temperatures in Europe by causing the ocean current to slow down. Scientists from University College London and Britain´s National Oceanography Center found that the western Arctic´s sea surface has risen by 6 inches since 2002. The rise could be due strong Arctic winds...

Image 1 - Argo Floats Help Monitor Ocean Acidity
2011-09-05 06:57:05

  Scientists can now remotely monitor the ocean´s changing chemistry with help from some of the five-foot-tall Argo floats that drift with deep ocean currents and transmit data via satellite back to land. A new and innovative method shows how readings of the acidity (pH) and total carbon dioxide (CO2) content of seawater can help scientists understand changes in the chemistry of the world´s ocean. A U.S.-based research team and their Canadian colleagues developed the new...

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2011-08-22 13:46:15

Current called North Icelandic Jet contributes to key component of ocean circulation If you'd like to cool off fast in hot summer weather, take a dip in a newly discovered ocean current called the North Icelandic Jet (NIJ). You'd need to be far, far below the sea's surface near Iceland, however, to reach it. Scientists have confirmed the presence of the NIJ, a deep-ocean circulation system off Iceland. It could significantly influence the ocean's response to climate change. The...

2011-05-26 12:50:00

Data from a radar network operated by a consortium of scientists along the U.S. West Coast are now a vital component in search-and-rescue, oil spill response and maritime transportation operations Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego A network of high-frequency radar systems designed for mapping ocean surface currents now provides detail of coastal ocean dynamics along the U.S. West Coast never before available. The network has grown over the last decade...