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Flotsam from the 2011 Japanese tsunami is still washing up on the western shores of the United States and these drifting boats could be transporting invasive and dangerous species into North American waters.
A new time-lapse animation of data from NOAA's GOES-West satellite provides a good picture of why the U.S. West Coast continues to experience record rainfall. The new animation shows the movement of storms from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.
The glaciers along Western Antarctica are among the fastest melting in the world and a new study from researchers at the University of California, Irvine has found that the rate of melt there has tripled in the past ten years.
Data collected by the ESA’s Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) has helped scientists produce what they are calling the most accurate gravity maps of global ocean currents ever.
This October was the warmest ever recorded, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists announced on Thursday, all but assuring that 2014 will be our planet’s hottest year in more than 100 years.
A new study, led by the University of South Florida geologist Tim Dixon, has found that the size of large-scale disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis could be predicted by subtle shifts in the planet’s offshore plates.
Dedication Ceremony October 31, 2014 North Myrtle Beach, SC (PRWEB) October 30, 2014 The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has announced
The massive tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 was a wake-up call for Honolulu officials, who immediately began working on updating the island's evacuation plans and procedures. This renewed attention also led to the unlocking of a scientific mystery surrounding a massive sediment deposit on the island of Kauai.
New research led by the University of Exeter has found that species that live in and erode coral reefs will play a major role in determining the future of reefs.
New research by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory suggests global ocean warming has been underestimated by 24 to 58 percent.
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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