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Southern Ocean waves
2014-07-22 03:30:24

A new study has found that turbulent mixing in the deep waters of the Southern Ocean, which has a profound effect on global ocean circulation and climate, varies with the strength of surface eddies – the ocean equivalent of storms in the atmosphere – and possibly also wind speeds.

Researchers Study Biological Erosion Of Mesophotic Tropical Coral Reefs
2014-07-09 03:10:42

Researchers compare bioerosion on deeper reef systems to better understand long-term structural sustainability

2014-07-08 23:09:59

Algalita to host interactive broadcast and expert panel on July 20 from the North Pacific Ocean to discuss the latest research and issues regarding plastic pollution in our oceans.

New Sea Level Threat Created From Changing Antarctic Winds
2014-07-07 03:55:30

New research shows projected changes in the winds circling the Antarctic may accelerate global sea level rise significantly more than previously estimated.

How Does Algal And Coral Cover Affect Microscopic Life That Call The Reef Home?
2014-07-07 03:56:00

In a new study, an SDSU biologist dove deep into how algal and coral cover affect the microscopic life that call the reef home.

Malaspina Expedition Finds World's Oceans Littered With Microplastics
2014-07-01 11:18:07

The result of a 2010 ocean voyage around the world, a new study has found evidence of tiny “microplastics” in five large accumulations across the world, accumulations which match the five large open-ocean currents called gyres.

tsunami earthquakes
2014-06-28 05:08:15

“Sticking points” in the Earth’s tectonic plates caused by extinct undersea volcanoes could be responsible for producing tsunami earthquakes, a discovery which could lead to improved detection of these rare seismic events.

Greenland Ice Sheet Collapse Linked To Sea Level Rise 400,000 Years Ago: Study
2014-06-26 03:26:40

A new study suggests that a warming period more than 400,000 years ago pushed the Greenland ice sheet past its stability threshold, resulting in a nearly complete deglaciation of southern Greenland and raising global sea levels some 4-6 meters.

Analyzing The Role Of The Ocean In Greenland Ice Sheet Melting
2014-06-24 06:51:19

Ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet has increased four-fold over the past four decades, and scientists now report that oceans play a vital role in how quickly the ice sheet will melt and how much total mass will be lost.

2014-06-18 10:04:17

UC Santa Barbara doctoral candidate Caitlin Fong travels to French Polynesia often but not for vacation.


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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Word of the Day
dapifer
  • One who brings meat to the table; hence, in some countries, the official title of the grand master or steward of the king's or a nobleman's household.
The word 'dapifer' comes from Latin roots meaning 'feast' and 'bearer'.