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Coral Reefs Reduce Risk Of Coastal Hazards, Climate Change
2014-05-14 05:55:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While an elevated risk of strong storms, flooding and other coastal hazards could be threatening the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world, an international team of researchers writing in Tuesday’s edition of the journal Nature Communications has discovered an unusual way to reduce that risk: coral reefs. “Coral reefs serve as an effective first line of defense to incoming waves, storms and rising seas,”...

2014-05-13 12:24:51

Small Forces Make a Big Difference in Beach Erosion, According to New Article in Physics of Fluids, which May Lead to Better Solutions for Sustainable Beaches WASHINGTON, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- People standing on a beach often feel the water tugging the sand away from under their feet. This is the undertow, the current that pulls water back into the ocean after a wave breaks on the beach. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130627/DC39790LOGO Large storms...

Thwaites Glacier
2014-05-12 13:27:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A rapidly melting region of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to have reached an irreversible state of decline, meaning that nothing can be done to prevent the glaciers from melting into the sea, researchers from NASA and the University of California, Irvine claim in a new study. The researchers came to that conclusion after analyzing four decades worth of data on glaciers located in the Amundsen Sea sector of West Antarctica....

2014-05-12 12:21:32

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The study presents multiple lines of evidence, incorporating 40 years of observations that indicate the glaciers...

2014-05-12 11:24:23

University of Southampton Scientists have developed a new method for revealing how sea levels might rise around the world throughout the 21st century to address the controversial topic of whether the rate of sea level rise is currently increasing. The international team of researchers, led by the University of Southampton and including scientists from the National Oceanography Centre, the University of Western Australia, the University of South Florida, the Australian National...

Wilkes Basin in East Antarctica
2014-05-06 05:46:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) reveals that a persistent ice discharge into the ocean could be triggered by the melting of just a small volume of ice on East Antarctica's shore. Such a persistent discharge could result in unstoppable sea level rise for thousands of years to come, according to computer simulations of the Antarctic ice flow using improved data of the ground profile underneath the...

2014-04-24 23:01:03

SEA Semester® undergraduates aid collection efforts informing plastic “garbage patch” studies in Pacific Ocean. Woods Hole, MA (PRWEB) April 24, 2014 An estimated 21,290 metric tons of plastic particles are currently floating in the North Pacific subtropical gyre, with a mass equivalent to 132 Boeing 747 airplanes or 120 blue whales. This estimate, the most complete and accurate evaluation of Pacific Ocean plastic pollution to date, comes from eleven years of plastic debris...

Storm Waters Could Easily Flood Manhattan Due To Rising Seas
2014-04-24 09:35:31

[ Watch the Video: Odds of Storm Water Overflowing NY Increasing Significantly ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After Hurricane Sandy devastated New York, the fear of another flood has driven much concern in both the academic world and the political one. A new study from Portland State University reveals that since the mid-1800s, maximum water levels in New York harbor during major storms have risen by nearly two and a half feet. This makes the possibility of...

Massive Iceberg Could Disrupt Shipping Lanes In The Southern Ocean
2014-04-23 08:56:59

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An iceberg previously said to be more than eight times the size of Manhattan could soon disrupt shipping lanes as it moves well outside of Pine Island Bay in Antarctica. The iceberg (called B31), which broke off from Pine Island Glacier in November 2013, is now drifting out of the bay and into the Amundsen Sea off Antarctica’s western banks. Now said to be twice the size of Atlanta (six times the size of Manhattan), B31 will...

University of Utah geochemist Gabe Bowen
2014-04-16 03:00:26

Lee Siegel, University of Utah Global warming may bring more curvy jet streams during winter Last winter's curvy jet stream pattern brought mild temperatures to western North America and harsh cold to the East. A University of Utah-led study shows that pattern became more pronounced 4,000 years ago, and suggests it may worsen as Earth's climate warms. "If this trend continues, it could contribute to more extreme winter weather events in North America, as experienced this year with...


Latest Physical oceanography Reference Libraries

Coral Reef
2013-04-20 15:49:21

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...

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...

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...

Climate Impact On Your Budget For Billings Montana
2012-12-29 12:40:14

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...

Climate Impact On Your Budget For Bismarck, North Dakota
2012-09-18 13:29:03

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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