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  • 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 ...

  • Pioneers of modern ocean science meet to launch book

    On Thursday 8th July 2010, almost one hundred ocean scientists who once worked at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) near Godalming, UK, are to meet at Southampton"s National Oceanography Centre to launch of a book "Of Seas and Ships and Scientists". The book describes the origins of NIO in the inter-war years and during World War II, and its development under the charismatic ...

  • New ‘seawater’ – the way ahead for ocean science

    A proposed new definition of ‘seawater’ is drawing the attention of the world’s oceanographic community in a change that will advance the accuracy of climate science projections.The science case for a change in the definition of seawater was first agreed to in 2006 when the international guiding body, the Scientific Committee on Oceans Research (SCOR) established a working group, chaired by Dr ...

  • Closing U.S. Arctic Ocean Science Gaps

    The Pew Environment Group and Ocean Conservancy released a white paper today recommending concrete steps the Obama administration should take to address science gaps and inform conservation and development decisions in America's Arctic Ocean. The white paper is the work of 14 scientists, all experts in Arctic marine ecosystems. "When it comes to the fragile Arctic, ...

  • Closing the science gaps on what is happening to the world`s oceans and seas

    The world's oceans and seas-covering 70 per cent of the planet - may soon be subject to the same kind of systematic scientific scrutiny as the globe's land surface. Governments are meeting today to consider a series of options and recommendations on establishing just such a monitoring process. It is aimed at plugging significant and serious knowledge gaps that are undermining humanity's ability ...

  • Pew Applauds First Step in Developing a Science Plan for U.S. Arctic Ocean

    Marilyn Heiman, director of the Pew Environment Group's U.S. Arctic Program, issued the following statement in response to today's release of the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Arctic Ocean science review:  "We are pleased that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the USGS put a high priority on identifying gaps in science regarding ...

  • Are the world’s oceans on the brink of disaster?

    An international panel of marine experts warns in a report released today that the world's ocean is at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history. The preliminary report arises from the first ever interdisciplinary international workshop to consider the cumulative impact of all stressors affecting the ocean. Considering the latest research across ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Fertilize the ocean, cool the planet?

    Original story at MIT News Like the leaves of New England maples, phytoplankton, the microalgae at the base of most oceanic food webs, photosynthesize when exposed to sunlight. In the process, they absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, converting it to carbohydrates and oxygen. Many phytoplankton species also release dimethyl ...

  • Ocean climate center unveiled

    NOAA's Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary has opened its new Ocean Climate Center at its headquarters in San Francisco. The Ocean Climate Center will serve as an ocean and climate change communication centre for the Bay Area and facilitate the exchange of technical, scientific, policy and education information and ideas. The Center will bring together a diversity of ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Ten-point plan to save the oceans

    The world has made lacklustre progress in meeting most of the commitments it made 20 years ago to safeguard the oceans, says a report. At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, agreements were made on issues such as sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...

  • Team probes mysteries of oceanic bacteria

    Microbes living in the oceans play a critical role in regulating Earth's environment, but very little is known about their activities and how they work together to help control natural cycles of water, carbon and energy. A team of MIT researchers led by Professors Edward DeLong and Penny Chisholm is trying to change that. Borrowing gene sequencing tools developed for sequencing the human ...

  • MEDIA ALERT: ocean inspiration announces winners of “Ocean Advocate” awards

    Recipients to receive awards at the Ocean Inspiration event in NYC on May 18 The winners of the Ocean Inspiration “Ocean Advocate” awards were announced today in the lead-up to a celebration event honoring the life and legacy of Jacques-Yves Cousteau. The event will take place at the ...

  • Greater, faster, closer latest review of science reveals ocean in critical state from Cumulative impacts

    October 3rd 2013: An international panel of marine scientists is demanding urgent remedies to halt ocean degradation based on findings that the rate, speed and impacts of change in the global ocean are greater, faster and more imminent than previously thought. Results from the latest International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO)/IUCN review of science on anthropogenic stressors on the ...

  • CO2 removal cannot save the oceans

    Greenhouse-gas emissions from human activities do not only cause rapid warming of the seas, but also ocean acidification at an unprecedented rate. Artificial carbon dioxide removal (CDR) from the atmosphere has been proposed to reduce both risks to marine life. A new study based on computer calculations now shows that this strategy would not work if applied too late. CDR cannot compensate for ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Solving the Problem of Plastic Waste in Oceans

    Ocean Conservancy today announced the global launch of Stemming the Tide: Land-based strategies for a plastic-free ocean – a first-of-its-kind, solutions-oriented report. Produced in partnership with the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, the report outlines specific land-based solutions for plastic waste in the ocean, starting with the elimination of plastic waste ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EU Ocean Energy Association conference

    Introduction Good morning. It is a great pleasure for me to be here today to address you at the 2013 Ocean Energy Europe conference. I am delighted that the EU Ocean Energy Association chose the UK to host the conference for the first time ever outside of Brussels. This illustrates the strong role that the UK has been playing and continues to play in supporting the ...

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