ocean ecology Articles

  • Oceans of Energy

    Technologies that harness the energy of moving water or temperature differentials in the oceans promise to deliver abundant carbon-free electricity. Long before humans got hooked on fossil fuels, we learned how to harness the power of water to do work. Rivers ran mills that ground flour, sawed logs or spun looms that transformed fibers into textiles. Later generations realized that moving water ...


    By Ensia

  • Ocean Acidification: A Litmus Test for International Law

    Ocean acidification, the changing chemistry of the oceans as a result of the absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, is caused by the atmospheric pollutant that is also the main driver of anthropogenic climate change, having effects on the marine environment as serious as other pollutants entering the oceans. However there is no discernible pressure for a new regime to address the ...


    By Lexxion, The Legal Publisher

  • Why degraded reefs could be the future of ocean conservation

    When there’s not enough pristine habitat left to save an ecosystem, it’s time to take a new look at less-than-perfect places. When you think of a nature preserve, chances are you picture a tract of pristine, healthy wilderness, set aside in order to protect a functioning ecosystem. But what if not much remains of the ecosystem you want to protect? A new proposal by an ...


    By Ensia

  • Is pH a red herring when it comes to ocean acidification?

    New research points to saturation state, not pH, as the most pressing metric to track when it comes to shellfish survival. In 2007, the owners of Whiskey Creek oyster hatchery on the Oregon coast lost almost all of their larvae — and had no idea why. The only clue was that the larval die-offs often occurred during intense upwelling events, when ...


    By Ensia

  • Haven or Hazard: The Ecology and Future of the Salton Sea

    The Salton Sea, the largest inland body of water in the state of California, lies 35 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in one of the most arid regions in North America. With a surface elevation approximately 227 feet below that of the ...


    By Pacific Institute

  • Why can`t we treat the rain Forest like the Ocean?

    This article describes a successful example of creative corporate problem-solving that resulted in development of an oil field in an Ecuadorian rain forest in a manner that preserved the rain forest and at less cost than the traditional method of exploration. During my term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Richfield Corporation (ARCO) I heard a presentation on discoveries of ...


    By AHC Group

  • The number one thing we can do to protect Earth’s oceans

    Marine governance favors consumption and commerce over conservation. Here's what we can do about it. When New England fishers complained of working harder and harder to catch fewer and fewer fish, Spencer Baird assembled a scientific team to investigate. Though a fishery failure would once have seemed inconceivable, Baird wrote in his report, “an alarming decrease of the ...


    By Ensia

  • The Ecological Fishprint of Nations: Measuring Humanity’s Impact on Marine Ecosystems

    In November, 2006, a prominent team of ecologists and economists issued this dire warning: if current fishing patterns continue, all major commercial fish species will suffer population collapses by ...


    By Redefining Progress

  • Nutrient dynamics in European water systems - the management perspective emerging from ELOISE, a European cluster of land - ocean interaction studies

    The European ELOISE (European Land Ocean Interaction Studies) cluster (>60 projects) is the world's largest research initiative on land - ocean interactions. Beside its scientific goals, ELOISE is also meant to contribute directly to coastal zone management and thus to European coastal policy. Most of the ELOISE results have been gathered in digests that are made available on the Internet to all ...


    By Taylor & Francis Group

  • Stationary Spiraling Eddies and Self-Cleaning Processes in the White Sea in Presence of Climate Change and Their Relationship with Ecology of the Greenland Seal: Results of Airborne-Satellite-In Situ Study

    Pollution of the marginal Arctic seas and rising of toxic contaminants are extremely dangerous for marine and coastal ecosystems and for marine mammals as representatives of a high level of fodder chains in the ocean. Ecology of ice-associated forms of marine mammals, population health and animal welfare are strongly depended from the different environmental processes and phenomena. Operational ...


    By Springer

  • New oil spill response application note from China

    The Problem: Oil may spill out in the process of oil exploration & development, refining, storage and transportation and enter into open water environment like oceanic environment due to incident or incorrect operation. Oil spill damages include to human heath, safety, ecological environment, aquaculture. In China, the State Oceanic Administration requires the oil content in the discharge to ...

  • Ecochemical Approach Using Mercury Accumulation of Antarctic Minke Whale, Balaenoptera bonaerensis, as Tracer of Historical Change of Antarctic Marine Ecosystem During 1980—1999

    The biiology and ecology of the Antarctic minke whale in the Antartic Ocean have been studies and informatiuon on age, food habits, migration and reproductive activities are available (Ohsumi et al. 1970; Ohsumi and Masaki 1975; Masaki 1979; Kato 1983; Kato et al. 1984). Also, since the whale is a long-life marine mammal (about 50 years), feeding mainly on Antartic krill, this animal may be ...


    By Springer

  • New records of Asterodinium Sournia (Brachidiniales, Dinophyceae)

    New records of species of the rare planktonic dinoflagellate genus Asterodinium Sournia are reported. From the Mediterranean Sea and NE Atlantic Ocean: (1) three specimens of Asterodinium sp. sensu Sournia from the Gulf of Cádiz and Strait of Gibraltar (NE Atlantic Ocean), (2) one specimen of Asterodinium sp.1 from the Strait of Gibraltar, (3) three specimens of Asterodinium cf. libanum ...


  • Real-time environmental monitoring of the Great Barrier Reef

    The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is the largest natural feature on earth, stretching more than 2300 km along the northeast coast of Australia. It contains a diverse array of species and habitats that are threatened by environmental and human impacts. Monitoring environmental changes would give a better understanding of the health of this ecological system. It would also help shape decision-making to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A novel FACTS dynamic stabilisation scheme for stand-alone tidal energy conversion systems

    Renewable abundant ocean kinetic energy has become increasingly popular as a consequence of strong ecological viable concerns and economical energy solutions in remote island communities. However, the integration of dispersed renewable tidal energy will pose a greater challenge to the power quality of distribution networks in remote areas due to fluctuation of the tidal stream velocity. The paper ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Water Pollution

    Water pollution is a major global problem that requires ongoing evaluation and revision of water resource policy at all levels (from international down to individual aquifers and wells). It has been suggested that it is the leading worldwide cause of deaths and diseases, and that it accounts for the deaths of more than 14,000 people daily. In addition to the acute problems of water pollution in ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Climate change and human health in Latin America: drivers, effects, and policies

    Abstract  Many people would be increasingly affected by living under critical conditions in Latin America if, as expected, global warming aggravates disease and pest transmission processes. Heat waves and air pollution would increase heat-related diseases and illness episodes in large cities. Fire smoke has been associated with irritation of the throat, lung and eyes, and respiratory ...


  • Microbial Biodiversity Detection And Monitoring Using Molecular Biology Tools

    Micro-organisms are responsible for the most biogeochemical cycles that shape the environment of earth and its oceans. So far, only part of these organisms has been well studied, especially those living on earth and more considered from an anthropogenic perspective, e.g causing human diseases or providing useful products and services. Further the inability to generate pure culture has hampered ...


  • Nuclear Medicine and Research Laboratory Environments Contaminants Removed - Case Study

    Customers Include: Abbot Laboratories, Bay Regional Medical Center, Colorado State University, Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Eli Lily, Harvard University, Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, Mayo Foundation, Merck, Oregon State University, Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital, Tripler Hospital, University of California at Berkeley, University of Cincinnati, University of Wisconsin, U.S. ...


    By METIS Scientific

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