Latest Oceanography Stories
Despite the existence of technology such as GPS navigation and satellite imagery, much of the Earth’s oceans remain unexplored – a problem that has led to the authors of a new PLOS Biology study to call for volunteers to help fill in the gaps.
Developing El Niño conditions expected to have notable effect on fall and winter weather OAKVILLE, ON, Sept.
Scientists have developed a new model which divides the world’s oceans into seven primary regions that experience little intermingling of water, but their research has also revealed the existence of flotillas of garbage located in large, circular ocean currents known as gyres.
University of Hawaii, The Great Pacific Race and Project Kaisei collaborate on Fukushima disaster study. Honolulu , Hawaii (PRWEB) September 01, 2014
STARKVILLE, Miss., Aug.
The Governments of Canada and New Brunswick and partners launch the SmartATLANTIC buoy project in Saint John SAINT JOHN, NB, Aug.
Ice discharge from Antarctica could contribute up to 37 centimeters to the global sea level rise within this century, a new study shows.
A major study of all penguin species suggests the birds are at continuing risk from habitat degradation.
Oceanic Expedition Part of Year-long Environmental Initiatives by CITGO HOUSTON, Aug.
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...
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 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...
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...
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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