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A new study published online April 13, 2015, in the journal Nature Geoscience finds that prolonged wind bursts originating in the western Pacific can have a strong effect on whether an El Niño
What’s causing these strange and disruptive weather patterns in the US recently? One climate scientist tells us to blame the Blob, a huge patch of warm water off the West Coast.
Can climate change and the melting of ice cause certain countries to disappear underwater soon? It's possible.
You might think that the noisiest parts of Earth’s oceans are the shipping lanes near busy American or European ports, but you’d be wrong. Thanks to rapidly melting, shearing and calving ice sheets, the waters near Alaska and Antarctica are actually the noisiest waters known to man, according to a new study in Geophysical Research Letters.
AMSTERDAM, February 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dutch innovation champion nominated for European Business Award Designing floating houses and other buildings
Photographer Alex Cornell expected to take pictures of icebergs while he was in Antarctica. But he never imagined finding one flipped over.
Too bad the Titanic didn't have one of these.
W. Scott Timpson manages demand for operational improvements across sectors CALGARY, Alberta, Dec.
Coral reefs are submerged structures consisting of calcium carbonate secreted by corals. Coral reefs are colonies of small animals found in marine waters that enclose few nutrients. The majority of coral reefs are constructed from stony corals, which then consist of polyps that come together in groups. The polyps are like small sea anemones, to which they are very closely related. Unlike the sea anemones, coral polyps secrete hard carbonate exoskeletons which provide support and protections...
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...
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...
If you live in or around Billings, Montana the above graph shows you what you can roughly expect when it comes to heating and cooling your house during the ENSO Phases. In Billings during a normal phase of the ENSO your heating degree days pass 900HDD. However, when El-Nino phase is present the monthly average dropped to around 650.5HDD, which is a pretty significant amount especially when you are talking about paying that heating bill. When the La-Nina phase sets up the heating degree...
If you live in or around Bismarck North Dakota the graph shows you what you can roughly expect when it comes to heating and cooling your house during the ENSO Phases. Bismarck North Dakota, with its northern latitude, does have an impact on what type of heating and cooling it sees. During an Normal Phase the HDD for the region hits about 1348 on average. When the region enters into an El-Nino they can expect the amount of HDD’s to decrease to around 970 which really helps cut down on the...
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