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XPRIZE Foundation Reveals Competitions Geared Toward Ocean Health
2013-10-23 14:48:30

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Known for spurring innovations in the commercial space industry, the XPRIZE Foundation has announced that it will launch a new series of competitions for innovations in ocean conservation technology. “As a result of human activity, the ocean is overfished, polluted, and exploited; a problem because it supports all life on Earth,” the Foundation said in a statement. “As governments around the world steadily reduce research and...

2013-10-22 23:30:03

Both will discuss the importance establishing a worldwide system of marine protected areas. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 22, 2013 Celebrated marine biologists Dr. Sylvia Earle (founder of Mission Blue) and Dr. Lance Morgan (president of Marine Conservation Institute) are featured speakers at IMPAC3 (International Marine Protected Areas Congress) in Marseille, France, on October 22, 2013. These eminent scientists will discuss the urgent need to establish a worldwide system of marine...

2013-10-22 23:30:01

Science-based strategy helps leaders safeguard ocean places essential to human life and livelihoods. Seattle, WA (PRWEB) October 22, 2013 Marine Conservation Institute today announced the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES), a comprehensive science-based strategy for advancing marine protected areas worldwide. Oceans are essential to human survival and prosperity and yet human activities are pushing many critical marine species toward extinction. Marine protected areas are generally...

Scientists Begin Major Project To Study Ocean Circulation
2013-10-18 16:27:27

National Science Foundation In an effort to study the circulation of ocean waters, a key component of the global climate system, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $16 million in grants over the next five years to oceanographers at Duke University, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of Miami. The scientists will deploy a new observing system in the sub-polar region of the North Atlantic Ocean. The five-year effort is part of the U.S.-led...

2013-10-18 10:06:18

Due to rising sea levels, smaller storms could produce significant flooding Almost a year after Hurricane Sandy, parts of New York and New Jersey are still recovering from billions of dollars in flood damage. Tufts University geologist Andrew Kemp sees the possibility of damage from storms smaller than Sandy in the future. "Rising sea levels exacerbate flooding," says Kemp. "As sea level rises, smaller and weaker storms will cause flood damage." An assistant professor in Tufts'...

Tiny Sea Creatures Headed For Extinction, Could Take Local Fisheries With Them
2013-10-18 09:46:54

Deakin University A species of one of the world’s tiniest creatures, ocean plankton, is heading for extinction as it struggles to adapt to changes in sea temperature. And it may take local fisheries with it. Research led by Deakin University (Warrnambool, Australia) and Swansea University (UK) has found that a species of cold water plankton in the North Atlantic, that is a vital food source for fish such as cod and hake, is in decline as the oceans warm. This will put pressure on the...

Phytoplankton In The Southern Ocean
2013-09-19 04:45:00

[ Watch the Video: Phytoplankton Observed By NASA Satellites ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Until now, NASA satellites might have missed as much as 50 percent of the phytoplankton in the Southern Ocean. This would make it far more difficult to estimate the potential carbon capture of this vast area of the sea. A new study from the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, has...

ESA Astronauts Testing Sample Returns At Sea
2013-09-13 15:11:45

ESA ESA astronauts Andreas Mogensen and Thomas Pesquet are in Florida, USA for a five-day underwater adventure to test tools and practice spacewalks as part of the Seatest mission. Andreas will live in an underwater habitat with NASA astronauts Joa Acaba and Kate Rubins and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, while Thomas will stay on shore as flight director and crew communicator. Inside the Aquarius habitat, the ‘Space Environment Analog for Testing EVA Systems and Training’ –...


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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