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2010-05-02 08:21:44

University of Miami's CSTARS shares global satellite images of Gulf of Mexico As Florida Governor Charlie Crist declared a state of emergency in parts of the Panhandle today, scientists at the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS) at the University of Miami continue to actively collaborate with several international satellite data providers to acquire critical environmental imagery for the Gulf of Mexico. The Deepwater Horizon oil platform caught fire after an...

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2010-02-21 08:06:50

University of Miami Professor Joe Prospero shared findings at AAAS Residents of the southern United States and the Caribbean have seen it many times during the summer months"”a whitish haze in the sky that seems to hang around for days. The resulting thin film of dust on their homes and cars actually is soil from the deserts of Africa, blown across the Atlantic Ocean. Now, there is new evidence that similar dust storms in the arctic, possibly caused by receding glaciers, may be making...

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2010-02-09 16:35:00

Startling images of ground motion in Haiti during the recent earthquake helping scientists understand the risk of aftershocks and even the possibility of a major new earthquake Scientists at the University of Miami have analyzed images based on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) observations taken before and just after Haiti's earthquake, on January 12. The images reveal surprising new details. The images were obtained using data from Japan's ALOS satellite and made available to the scientific...

2009-10-16 18:43:00

MIAMI, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- After nearly five months since departing Seattle on May 31 bound for the Arctic, the Ocean Watch crew successfully completed the first of four legs of the Around the Americas expedition including the challenging transit through the Northwest Passage. Ocean Watch will stop in Miami, October 19 to 25, for a variety of onshore events and activities. WHAT: Sixth Official Port Stop in East Coast Leg of Around the Americas expedition -- Crew of Ocean Watch...

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2009-07-31 08:05:00

This summer, one of the world's leading ocean science bodies, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO's) and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) adopted the new international thermodynamic equation of state for seawater called TEOS-10. A complex, dynamic mixture of dissolved minerals, salts, and organic material, seawater has historically presented difficulties in terms of determining its physical chemical properties.For 30 years, climate...

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2009-04-10 15:39:39

UM, Oxford study in Geophysical Journal International uncovers tectonic events behind earthquake that killed 595 in Peru A magnitude 8.0. earthquake destroyed 90 percent of the city of Pisco, Peru on August 16, 2007. The event killed 595 people, while another 318 were missing. Tsunami waves were observed locally, off the shore of Chile, and as far away as New Zealand. In a study published in the Geophysical Journal International, scientists from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of...

2009-01-16 10:51:06

An international team of scientists has solved a mystery that has puzzled marine chemists for decades. They have discovered that fish contribute a significant fraction of the oceans' calcium carbonate production, which affects the delicate pH balance of seawater. The study gives a conservative estimate of three to 15 percent of marine calcium carbonate being produced by fish, but the researchers believe it could be up to three times higher.Published January 16th in Science, their findings...

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2008-12-08 16:22:04

What began as an homage to achievement in the field of coral reef geology has evolved into the discovery of an unexpected link between corals of the Pacific and Atlantic. Dr. Ann F. Budd from the University of Iowa and Dr. Donald McNeill of the University of Miami named a new species of fossil coral found on the Island of Curaçao "“ some six million years old "“ after renowned coral reef geologist and University of Miami Rosenstiel School professor, Dr. Robert...

2008-12-04 12:58:46

Modest changes in bonefish numbers attributed to increase in 'counters,' stock fairly stable If you're looking for bonefish from Miami down to the Marquesas Islands, you have about 321,000 to choose from, and that is down slightly from the average of previous censuses"”mostly due to increased participation among those who are counting, researchers speculate. The University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science held the sixth annual Florida Keys bonefish...

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2008-11-04 15:59:48

Popular sea turtles 'Milton' and 'FeeBee' to strike out across Atlantic, provide valuable tracking data Thursday, November 6, 2008, Dr. Kirt Rusenko, Marine Conservationist, and staff from Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton will release two juvenile loggerhead sea turtles raised in captivity into the Indian River Lagoon near Sebastian Inlet. The loggerheads, dubbed Milton and FeeBee, hatched on Boca Raton's beaches in July 2002 and were part of a sex ratio study conducted by Dr. Jeanette...