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Dust Linked To Increased Glacier Melting, Ocean Productivity
2012-03-04 05:37:41

[ Watch the Video ] Researchers analyze dust concentrations and their effects off southern Iceland A University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science-led study shows a link between large dust storms on Iceland and glacial melting. The dust is both accelerating glacial melting and contributing important nutrients to the surrounding North Atlantic Ocean. The results provide new insights on the role of dust in climate change and high-latitude ocean ecosystems....

2012-03-02 13:12:47

Unprecedented study also finds fish teeming in fully protected areas Centuries of overexploitation of fish and other marine resources – as well as invasion of fish from the Red Sea – have turned some formerly healthy ecosystems of the Mediterranean Sea into barren places, an unprecedented study of the Mediterranean concludes. Research by an international team of scientists designed to measure the impact of marine reserves found that the healthiest places were in...

2012-02-28 11:19:00

Project to Predict Climate-Driven Changes in Fisheries WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stephan Munch, Ph.D., a research faculty member at UC Santa Cruz and a fisheries ecologist with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has been awarded a 2012 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. His project will develop tools that predict changes in fish population demographics in response to climate change. "The Pew Marine Fellowship will allow me to conduct...

2012-02-22 14:56:57

Deep-diving ocean "gliders" have revealed the journey of Bass Strait water from the Tasman Sea to the Indian Ocean. Deployed in 2010 and 2011, the gliders have also profiled a 200-metre tall wall of water at the core of long-lived ocean eddies formed from the East Australian Current.The study, by University of Technology Sydney and CSIRO oceanographers, revealed the value of new sensors being deployed by Australia's Integrated Marine Observing System. "We're getting a terrific amount of...

2012-02-16 17:30:00

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Feb. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Surfline/Wavetrak, Inc., the world leader in surf and marine forecasting and international editorial content has just released a new website, Fishtrack.com, that offers the latest sea surface imaging with global wind and swell forecasting capabilities in an easy to use layered interface. High resolution Sea Surface Temperature (SST) and Chlorophyll images are key to offshore fishermen in the search for the best areas to target...

2012-02-16 18:15:39

Marine protected areas (MPAs) may turn out to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As a result of changing conditions, marine species have been on the move with observed shifts of as much as three kilometres per year over the past 50 years, and forecasts of shifts of as much as 300 kilometres in the coming 50 years. Decisions on where to put MPAs weren't always made with a changing climate in mind. That has researchers asking how these areas–meant to protect...

2012-02-15 08:00:00

OceanWorks International is pleased to announce the successful delivery of a major system upgrade, Lloyd´s certification renewal and completion of sea trials for the Turkish Navy´s Atmospheric Diving Suit system. Burnaby, British Columbia (PRWEB) February 15, 2012 After 5 years of operation, the Turkish HARDSUIT Atmospheric Diving System (ADS) was returned to OceanWorks International to complete the major Lloyd´s survey and to upgrade the system electronics to the latest...

Researchers Taking Stock Of Earth's Melting Ice
2012-02-09 10:36:22

[ Watch the Video ] In a new study led by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder, scientists using NASA data have found that Earth´s glaciers and ice caps outside of the regions of Greenland and Antarctica are losing nearly 150 billion tons of ice annually. Using satellite measurements from the NASA/German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), researchers were able to measure ice loss in all of Earth´s land ice between 2003 and 2010....

Google Earth Ocean Terrain Receives Major Update
2012-02-04 03:58:41

Data from Scripps, NOAA sharpen resolution of seafloor maps, correct "discovery" of Atlantis Internet information giant Google updated ocean data in its Google Earth application this week, reflecting new bathymetry data assembled by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, NOAA researchers and many other ocean mapping groups from around the world. The newest version of Google Earth includes more accurate imagery in several key areas of ocean using data collected by research...

Image 1 - Ocean Acidification Study Helps Scientists Evaluate Effects On Marine Life
2012-01-24 04:05:48

Might a penguin's next meal be affected by the exhaust from your tailpipe? The answer may be yes, when you add your exhaust fumes to the total amount of carbon dioxide lofted into the atmosphere by humans since the industrial revolution. One-third of that carbon dioxide is absorbed by the world's oceans, making them more acidic and affecting marine life. A UC Santa Barbara marine scientist and a team of 18 other researchers have reported results of the broadest worldwide study of ocean...


Latest Oceanography Reference Libraries

Baffin Bay
2013-04-18 13:21:50

Baffin Bay, which is located between Baffin Island and the southwest coast of Greenland, is a marginal sea of the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s connected to the Atlantic by Davis Strait and the Labrador Sea. A narrower Nares Strait connects the Baffin Bay with the Arctic Ocean. The Baffin Bay is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that is bordered by Baffin Island towards the west, Greenland towards the east, and Ellesmere Island towards the north. It is connected to the Atlantic through the Davis...

Current Sea Level Rise
2013-04-01 10:39:21

The sea levels all around the world are rising. Current sea-level rise has the potential to affect human populations and the natural environment. Two key factors have contributed to the observed sea level rise. The first is thermal expansion: as the ocean water warms, it expands. The second is from the influence of land-based ice because of increased melting. The major store of water on land is found in the glaciers and the ice sheets. The rising of sea levels is one of several lines of...

Ocean Acidification
2013-04-01 10:32:20

Ocean acidification is the name that was given to the ongoing decrease in the pH of Earth’s oceans, a cause of the uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. About 30 to 40 percent of the carbon dioxide that is released by humans into the atmosphere dissolves into the lakes, oceans, and rivers. To maintain the chemical equilibrium, some of it reacts with the water to create carbonic acid. Some of these extra carbonic acid molecules react with a water molecule to provide a...

Basic Ocean Terms
2013-02-05 12:52:11

Image Credit: Meteorologist Joshua Kelly When meteorologists are forecasting for ocean-going vessels, there are a few terms that we need to understand. The first term is wavelength. Wavelength is defined as the distance between two crests or between two troughs as seen in the image above. The example above highlights the crest to crest concept of wavelength. The next term that we use is wave height, and to determine this, we first must look at the wave when it passes our station. When...

Ocean Analysis for November 17, 2012
2012-11-17 08:24:58

Point #1: Warm finger- This region inside the area marked number 1, represents a warm finger of the ocean temperatures. What is occurring is that the warmer air is being pushed faster in this region than the surrounding locations giving us this little finger of warmer temps in that region. Point #2: Warm Eddie- This is a region of warmer temps surrounded on all sides by colder water. Eddies are a closed circulation of water in the ocean that has in this case warmer temps around it. These...

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