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Plastic fishing in the Southern OceanGuardian Unlimited | 10 Dec 2013
In one of the remotest places on Earth, a scientist is measuring for the first time the concentration of plastic particles that can float on the sea surface for hundreds or even thousands of years.
Life on board an Antarctic research vessel - in picturesGuardian Unlimited | 10 Dec 2013
Guardian science correspondent Alok Jha and documentary filmmaker Laurence Topham familiarise themselves with the ship that will be their home in the coming weeks on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition.
Global warming is unpaused and stuck on fast forward, new research showsGuardian Unlimited | 10 Dec 2013
New research by Kevin Trenberth and John Fasullo of the National Center for Atmospheric Research investigates how the warming of the Earth's climate has behaved over the past 15 years compared with the previous few decades. They conclude that while the rate of increase of average global surface temperatures has slowed since 1998, melting of Arctic ice, rising sea levels, and warming oceans have continued apace.
Sea Level Rise Impacts on Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance, v1: Low Elevation Coastal Zon...sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu | 09 Dec 2013
The Sea Level Rise Impacts on Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance data set represents the results of an analysis using the boundaries for Ramsar sites designated under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and intersecting them with different elevation zones in the coastal zone to assess area and percent area that would become inundated under 1 and 2 meter sea level rise scenarios.
Study to bring wave of ocean data to negotiating tableSCIDEV.NET | 09 Dec 2013
Despite the oceans importance for the planet, it usually takes a back seat in political discussions about global issues, like climate change. The World Ocean Assessment study aims to change that by providing policymakers with the scientific data they need to make informed decisions.
Construction of World's Most Advanced Deep-diving Robotic VehicleWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 06 Dec 2013
Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) has begun working with the Deep Submergence Laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to design and build the worlds most advanced robotic undersea research vehicle for use on SOIs ship Falkor. The new vehicle will be capable of operating in the deepest known trenches on the planet, including the nearly 11,000-meter-deep Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench.
Roaming sharks go home to give birthBBC | 06 Dec 2013
Researchers find direct evidence that female lemon sharks go back to their own birthplace to reproduce. The researchers say it strengthens the argument for restrictions on fishing at specific sites.
Call of the WhalesWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 05 Dec 2013
Last fall a team of researchers put two torpedo-shaped underwater robots in the Gulf of Maine to find whales for us, said Mark Baumgartner, a biologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The gliders were equipped with digital acoustic monitoring (DMON) instruments to listen for whale calls and specialized software to identify the calls.
How Scientists are Using Drones to Fight the Next Big Oil Spilltheatlantic.com | 05 Dec 2013
More than three-and-half years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster spewed millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists are launching drones and ocean-going sensor arrays off the Florida coast in an effort to map the path of future oil spills before they devastate beaches and coastal ecosystems.
New Jersey Shore likely faces unprecedented flooding by mid-centuryEurekAlert | 05 Dec 2013
(Rutgers University) Geoscientists at Rutgers and Tufts universities estimate that the New Jersey shore will likely experience a sea-level rise of about 1.5 feet by 2050 and of about 3.5 feet by 2100 -- 11 to 15 inches higher than the average for sea-level rise globally over the century.
Deep-sea study reveals cause of 2011 tsunamiEurekAlert | 05 Dec 2013
(McGill University) The devastating tsunami that struck Japan's Tohoku region in March 2011 was touched off by a submarine earthquake far more massive than anything geologists had expected in that zone. Now, an international scientific team has published a set of studies in the journal Science that shed light on what caused the dramatic displacement of the seafloor off Japan's coast.
Inside a mermaid's purseGuardian Unlimited | 05 Dec 2013
A poetic intersection between life and science, art and photography.
Rising ocean acidification leads to anxious fishWorld Fishing | 05 Dec 2013
New research combining marine physiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and behavioural psychology has revealed a surprising outcome from increased levels of carbon dioxide in the oceans - anxious fish.
New Ocean Sensing and Monitoring brings tutorial approach to latest advancesEurekAlert | 05 Dec 2013
(SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics) Professionals from related fields and students needing an introduction to optical techniques for remote sensing of the ocean and ocean engineering will find answers in Ocean Sensing and Monitoring: Optics and Other Methods, a new book published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.
Coastal sea changeEurekAlert | 04 Dec 2013
(University of Delaware) Carbon dioxide pumped into the air since the Industrial Revolution appears to have changed the way the coastal ocean functions, according to a new analysis published this week in Nature. A comprehensive review of research on carbon cycling in rivers, estuaries and continental shelves suggests that collectively this coastal zone now takes in more carbon dioxide than it releases.
Storing carbon in the ArcticEurekAlert | 04 Dec 2013
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) As Arctic sea ice shrinks, the ocean stores more carbon, study finds.
Ocean crust could store many centuries of industrial CO2EurekAlert | 04 Dec 2013
(University of Southampton) Researchers from the University of Southampton have identified regions beneath the oceans where the igneous rocks of the upper ocean crust could safely store very large volumes of carbon dioxide.
Humans threaten wetlands' ability to keep pace with sea-level riseEurekAlert | 04 Dec 2013
(Virginia Institute of Marine Science) Left to themselves, coastal wetlands can withstand rapid levels of sea-level rise. But humans could be sabotaging some of their best defenses, according to a Nature review paper published Thursday from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.
Sustaining Resilience at SeaNew York Times | 04 Dec 2013
New research indicates that a marine reserve helps ward off some of the effects of climate change.
Experts say the IPCC underestimated future sea level riseGuardian Unlimited | 04 Dec 2013
It looks like past IPCC predictions of sea level rise were too conservative; things are worse than we thought. That is the takeaway message from a new study out in Quaternary Science Reviews and from updates to the IPCC report itself. The new study, which is also discussed in depth on RealClimate, tries to determine what our sea levels will be in the future.