Monday 21 May 2012
Finding fingerprints in sea level riseEurekAlert | 21 May 2012
As described in a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, graduate students Eric Morrow and Carling Hay demonstrate the use of a statistical tool called a Kalman smoother to identify "sea level fingerprints" -- tell-tale variations in sea level rise -- in a synthetic data set. Using those fingerprints, scientists can determine where glacial melting is occurring.
Unparalleled views of Earth's coastal zone with HREP-HICOScienceDaily.com | 21 May 2012
Scanning the globe from the vantage point of the International Space Station is about more than the fantastic view. While cruising in low Earth orbit, the space station HICO and RAIDS Experiment Payload-Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean, or HREP-HICO, gives researchers a valuable new way to view the coastal zone.
Seagrass stores more carbon than forests - studyReuters | 21 May 2012
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Coastal seagrass can store more heat-trapping carbon per square mile (kilmometre) than forests can, which means these coastal plants could be part of the solution to climate change, scientists said in a new study.
Canadian sea activist facing charge vows to fight onReuters | 21 May 2012
BERLIN (Reuters) - Renowned marine conservationist Paul Watson, who is fighting extradition from Germany to Costa Rica over a 2002 campaign against shark finning, vowed on Monday that his fleet would head to the Antarctic without him to fight whaling.
Offshore gas leak plug 'success'BBC | 21 May 2012
The operation to plug the gas leak on the Elgin Platform in the North Sea has been a success, oil firm Total says.
NOAA's Inundation Analysis Tool Places Flood Data at Planners' FingertipsNOAA's National Ocean Service | 21 May 2012
NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) will launch an innovative new tool for coastal resource managers this week at the Association of State Floodplain Managers' annual conference in San Antonio. Called the Inundation Analysis Tool, the web-based application employs data collected at NOAA tide gauge stations to provide statistical summaries of the historical frequency and duration of observed high waters.
Conservationists condemn exile of Chagossians for marine reserveGuardian Unlimited | 21 May 2012
Leading conservation groups have condemned the government's "huge violation" of the rights of thousands of exiled Chagossian islanders who cannot return to their Indian ocean coral islands because they have been surrounded by the world's largest marine nature reserve.
Deep-Sea Microbes That Barely BreatheNew York Times | 21 May 2012
The microbes, found in the Pacific Ocean in deposits untouched since before dinosaurs went extinct, use an infinitesimal amount of oxygen, a study shows.
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