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Scientists Project New Jersey Shore Sea Level To Rise 11 To 15 Inches Higher Than Global Average For Next Century
2013-12-05 19:12:21

Rutgers Geoscientists at Rutgers and Tufts universities estimate that the New Jersey shore will likely experience a sea-level rise of about 1.5 feet by 2050 and of about 3.5 feet by 2100 – 11 to 15 inches higher than the average for sea-level rise globally over the century. That would mean, the scientists say, that by the middle of the century, the one-in-10 year flood level at Atlantic City would exceed any flood known there from the observational record, including Superstorm Sandy....

Anxiety In Fish Caused By Rising Ocean Acidification
2013-12-04 19:35:14

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego Study shows acidity levels projected by the end of the century results in behavioral changes that could impact feeding, fisheries A new research study combining marine physiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and behavioral psychology has revealed a surprising outcome from increases of carbon dioxide uptake in the oceans: anxious fish. A growing base of scientific evidence has shown that the absorption of human-produced carbon dioxide...

Ocean Acidity Having Major Impact On Arctic Food Web Species
2013-12-03 06:27:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tiny crustaceans, known as copepods, live just beneath the surface of the ocean. A research expedition to the Arctic, part of the Caitlin Arctic Survey, found that these tiny animals are more likely to battle for survival if ocean acidity continues to rise. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), revealed that copepods that move large distances, migrating vertically across a wide range of pH...

Rip Tides Australia's Most Lethal Natural Hazard
2013-11-27 16:06:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of New South Wales found that rip currents actually claim more lives in Australia than any other natural hazards. The team wrote in the journal Natural Hazards and Earth Science Systems how rip currents cause more deaths than bushfires, floods, cyclones and sharks combined. They found rip currents cause an average of 21 confirmed human fatalities per year, compared with 5.9 for bushfires, 4.3 for floods,...

Scientists Demonstrate Influence Of Eddies On The Oxygen Sustenance
2013-11-18 13:25:24

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel More than four months from November 2012 to March 2013 Kiel ocean scientists investigated on the German research vessel METEOR the oxygen-poor upwelling regions in the tropical Pacific off Peru. First results of the project carried out in the context of the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 754 “Climate-biogeochemistry interactions in the tropical ocean” show, how eddies in the ocean influence the oxygen and nutrient distribution in the...

2013-11-14 12:12:55

Substantial costs expected from coral reef loss and declines in shellfisheries; Cold water corals also at risk In a major new international report, experts conclude that the acidity of the world's ocean may increase by around 170% by the end of the century bringing significant economic losses. People who rely on the ocean's ecosystem services – often in developing countries - are especially vulnerable. A group of experts have agreed on 'levels of confidence' in relation to ocean...

New Generation Of Micro Sensors Developed For Monitoring Ocean Acidification
2013-11-13 14:14:45

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (UK) The first step in developing a cost-effective micro sensor for long-term monitoring of ocean acidification has been achieved by a team of scientists and engineers. The new technology, that will measure pH levels in seawater, was developed by engineers from the National Oceanography Centre, in close collaboration with oceanographers from University of Southampton Ocean and Earth Science, which is based at the center. The team successfully...

Feast And Famine For Animals Living On The Abyssal Plain
2013-11-12 11:57:06

[ Watch The Video: Feast and Famine on the Abyssal Plain ] Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Animals living on the abyssal plains, miles below the ocean surface, don’t usually get much to eat. Their main source of food is ”marine snow”—a slow drift of mucus, fecal pellets, and body parts—that sinks down from the surface waters. However, researchers have long been puzzled by the fact that, over the long term, the steady fall of marine snow cannot account for all the...


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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