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elkhorn coral
2014-02-28 08:28:25

University of Southampton A new publication from researchers at the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton highlights the importance of nutrients for coral reef survival. Despite the comparably small footprint they take on the ocean floor, tropical coral reefs are home to a substantial part of all marine life forms. Coral reefs also provide numerous benefits for human populations, providing food for millions and protecting coastal areas from erosion....

Unstable Atlantic Deep Ocean Circulation Under Future Climate Conditions
2014-02-21 11:46:51

The University of Bergen A new study looking at past climate change, asks if these changes in the future will be spasmodic and abrupt rather than a more gradual increase in the temperature Today, deep waters formed in the northern North Atlantic fill approximately half of the deep ocean globally. In the process, this impacts on the circum-Atlantic climate, regional sea level, and soak up much of the excess atmospheric carbon dioxide from industrialization — helping to moderate the...

What Makes El Niño Taimasa Different From Normal El Niño?
2014-02-20 12:41:02

University of Hawaii During very strong El Niño events, sea level drops abruptly in the tropical western Pacific and tides remain below normal for up to a year in the South Pacific, especially around Samoa. The Samoans call the wet stench of coral die-offs arising from the low sea levels "taimasa" (pronounced [kai' ma'sa]). Studying the climate effects of this particular variation of El Niño and how it may change in the future is a team of scientists at the International Pacific Research...

NASA To Map Iceland's Winter Glaciers With High-Precision Radar
2014-01-29 06:05:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online This week, a high-precision radar instrument from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) left for Iceland to create detailed maps of how glaciers move in the dead of winter. These maps will aid scientists in understanding some of the most basic processes involved in melting glaciers, which are major contributors to rising sea levels. The instrument—developed by JPL and flying on a NASA research aircraft—departed from NASA's...

First Ever Cold Water Coral Reef Found In Greenland
2014-01-28 13:46:36

[ Watch the Video: Cold Water Coral Reef Discovered In Greenland ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers have discovered the first ever cold-water coral reef in Greenland at a depth of nearly 3,000 feet below sea-level. Scientists have found several species of coral in Greenland, but this is the first time that an actual reef has been found. The team discovered the Greenlandic reef in southwest Greenland off Cape Desolation south of lvittuut. They found...

Climate Change In Antarctica Partially Driven By Warming In The North And Tropical Atlantic Ocean
2014-01-23 04:26:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of New York University climatologists has concluded that the gradual warming of the North and Tropical Atlantic Ocean is adding to climate change in Antarctica. The conclusions rely on more than three decades of atmospheric data and reveal new ways in which Antarctic climate change is affected by distant regional conditions. "Our findings reveal a previously unknown—and surprising—force behind climate change that is...

2014-01-22 23:23:27

Video Series Show the Front Lines of Pacific Sea Level Rise Honolulu, Hawaii (PRWEB) January 22, 2014 Pacific Islanders in Micronesia, Palau and the Marshall Islands are watching their homelands vanish, as sea levels rise at an alarming rate due to climate change. The devastating effects on island livelihood are documented in three new videos "Vanishing Islands," "Changing Palau," and "Encroaching Seas" by LYON.US.com, a Hawaii-based planning and engineering...

Global Warming Expected To Increase Extreme El Niño Events
2014-01-20 04:34:22

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new analysis of rain patterns has revealed that extreme El Niño events, such as the 1983 heat wave that caused Australia’s Ash Wednesday bushfires, will double as the planet warms in the years ahead. “We currently experience an unusually strong El Niño event every 20 years. Our research shows this will double to one event every 10 years,” study co-author Dr. Agus Santoso, a professor at the University of New South Wales...

Ocean Ecosystem Affected By Powerful Internal Waves: Study
2014-01-09 06:08:08

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research on the ocean’s hidden waves was conducted in a lab and in the South China Sea. According to a January 8 report from MIT news, internal waves can be hundreds of feet tall and produce damaging effects to the climate and the ocean’s ecosystem. Experiments in laboratories and in the ocean have scientists claiming to have solved the mystery of what causes the largest internal waves in the world. The new findings,...

Projected Sea-Level Rise Could Land Coastal Los Angeles Underwater
2014-01-08 06:30:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Sea-level changes projected to occur around Los Angeles could increase the flood risk for the coastal city’s roads, wastewater systems and low-altitude communities, University of Southern California (USC) researchers claim in a new report. Current forecasts predict that Los Angeles, the most populous city in the state of California, could experience a sea-level increase of up to two feet by the year 2050, the study authors said...


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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