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  • Global ocean data for global monitoring

    Local weather conditions have always been linked to global climatic developments. Global climatic factors – such as El Nino or La Nina in the Pacific Ocean - have an impact not only on neighbouring continents; their influence is also felt in regions as far removed as continental Europe. With the onset of global climate change, its influence on local weather is getting more distinct. Severe ...

  • Time to stop losing ocean data to vandalism

    More must be done to prevent damage of ocean data buoys that costs money, vital data — and lives, say Sidney Thurston and M. Ravichandran. The global community relies on a rapidly expanding ocean observing network to understand the climate and ecosystems, to help warn against ocean-borne hazards such as tsunamis and storm surges caused by cyclones, and to support sea rescue ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Study to bring wave of ocean data to negotiating table

    Despite the ocean’s 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 ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Onset Announces Deep Ocean Temperature Data Logger

    Onset Computer Corporation (http://www.onsetcomp.com), the world leader in data loggers, today announced the HOBO U12 Deep Ocean Temp logger, a new data logger for tracking ocean ...


    By Onset Computer Corporation

  • New Data Shows What Trash is in Ocean and Waterways

    With the recent news of possible Japan tsunami debris spotted off the Canadian coast, Ocean Conservancy is releasing new data on the larger issue of marine debris.  New numbers detail ocean trash found along coasts and waterways worldwide during the 2011 International Coastal Cleanup—the largest ...


    By Ocean Conservancy

  • Small RNAs yield great amounts of data from ocean microbe samples

    An ingenious new method of obtaining marine microbe samples while preserving the microbes' natural gene expression has yielded an unexpected boon: the presence of many varieties of small RNAs -- snippets of RNA that act as switches to regulate gene expression in these single-celled creatures. Before now, small RNA could only be studied in lab-cultured microorganisms; the discovery of its presence ...

  • Ocean pH: Then, Now, and Future

    Ocean acidification is the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth's oceans, caused by the uptake of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) as water and air mix at the water’s surface. In an effort to better understand the historical evolution of ocean acidification, the Environmental Visualization Laboratory at NOAA has developed ...

  • Tracing CO2 elements in the ocean

    The surface waters of the vast Southern Ocean are suffering from 'marine anaemia' – a serious deficiency in the micronutrient iron. Just as iron deficiency negatively affects the health and productivity of humans and other land-based creatures, so it affects the phytoplankton (microscopic marine plants) existing in the oceanic realm. The environmental consequences of this condition restrict ...


    By Australian Government

  • Oceans are heating up at the double

    Ocean temperatures first collected during one of the great 19th-century voyages of exploration confirm one of the consequences of climate change: humans have managed to warm even the deepest parts of the ocean. A new study in Nature Climate Change calculates that the amount of heat absorbed by the ocean has doubled in the last 18 years. A third of this heat has ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Ocean Conservancy: “President Obama Starts a Sea Change for Our Ocean”

    President signs an Executive Order establishing a National Ocean Policy and marine planning framework; takes an historic step for a healthy environment and economy WASHINGTON - Today, the Obama administration has charted a new course for our ocean. President Obama signed an Executive Order today, which establishes a national ocean policy and creates a framework for protecting our ocean, coasts ...


    By Ocean Conservancy

  • Jason-2 begins mapping oceans

    Less than a month after the launch of the Jason-2 ocean altimetry satellite, the Ocean Surface Topography Mission has produced its first complete maps. The maps were calculated from the first 10 days of Jason-2’s operational orbit starting on 4 July. After reaching its operational orbit some 1,336 km above the Earth at a 66º inclination, Jason-2 and its experimental predecessor, Jason-1, began ...

  • Real-Time Ocean Observing Systems

    Sea-Bird's Inductive Modem (IM) system for moorings provides reliable, real-time data transmission for up to 100 instruments that can be positioned or repositioned at any depth, without the use of cable connectors. IM moorings use standard plastic-jacketed wire rope as both the transmission line and mooring tension member. The heart of the IM system is an Inductive Modem Module (IMM) that ...

  • Tasmanian scientists expand their view of the ocean

    The technology is being provided through the new Tasmanian science node of the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) which is being launched today at CSIRO in Hobart. “The ocean waters and habitats surrounding Tasmania are important to the state’s economic wellbeing, yet are poorly understood,” IMOS Director, Tim Moltmann, said. “This complex environment has ...

  • Computational Ocean Sciences – Assistant Professor

    The Department of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at Old Dominion University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position beginning fall 2017. We seek candidates with research interests in marine ecosystems, oceanographic biogeochemical processes, and climate change. The successful candidate will have a computational focus, preferably taking advantage of the increasing ...

  • New Technology for Ocean Acidification Research

    Ocean pH has dropped from approximately 8.2 to 8.1 pH over the past 200 years, representing a 25% increase in acidity. The development of better instruments to measure ocean pH, particularly in the deep ocean, is vital to understanding the magnitude and impact of these changes. High-resolution in-situ measurements of pH in the ocean are now possible with innovative adaptations to ion sensitive ...

  • New source of ocean methane discovered

    Scientists searching for an explanation for high levels of the potent greenhouse gas methane in the oceans have discovered a new means of production, which could explain the source of previously unaccounted for methane. The discovery has great significance for understanding the ocean's role in global warming. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that has contributed approximately 20 per cent to the ...

  • Iron’s mixed blessing for health of oceans

    Technology’s answer to climate change in a world in which humans go on releasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has just had another setback. The idea of fertilising the planet’s oceans with iron filings to stimulate green growth and turn the oceans into a carbon sink isn’t so simple as hoped. Two studies – both involving experiments at sea – have ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Europe collaborates to coordinate open ocean observatories

    European scientists are joining forces to better understand oceanic change, by coordinating ocean data acquisition, analysis and response on scales ranging from the provincial to the global. Marking a major milestone, the first Assembly of Members meeting of the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory (EMSO) will be held September 28-29th in Rome, Italy. Dr Henry Ruhl of ...

  • Indian Ocean pirates impede climate observations

    Australian scientists have sought the help of the United States and Australian navies to plug a critical gap in their Argo ocean and climate monitoring program caused by Somali pirates operating in the western Indian Ocean. "We have not been able to seed about one quarter of the Indian Ocean since the increase in the piracy and that has implications for understanding a region of ...

  • 270,000 tons of plastic waste floating in oceans

    A new study estimates nearly 270,000 tons of plastic is floating in the world's oceans. That's enough to fill more than 38,500 garbage trucks. The plastic is broken up into more than 5 trillion pieces, said the study published Wednesday in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. The paper is the latest in a nascent field where scientists are ...


    By Associated Press

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