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Seas warming off South Island coast - scientistsNew Zealand Herald | 11 Dec 2013
Sea temperatures off the eastern South Island could warm by as much as 2C within the next century, a consortium of scientists said today. The balmier seas would come on the back of more energetic wind patterns in the South Pacific which will sweep subtropical ocean currents further south.
Post-Sandy, Long Island barrier systems appear surprisingly soundEurekAlert | 11 Dec 2013
(University of Texas at Austin) Results of a rapid response marine geophysical survey off Long Island following Hurricane Sandy show that despite the devastation on land, Sandy did not significantly disrupt the offshore barrier system that protects Long Island from long-term erosion. As a result, residents can rebuild with greater confidence the land will not begin to erode out from under them.
Shellfish research programmeWorld Fishing | 11 Dec 2013
A team of international scientists have launched an ambitious programme to monitor the effects of climate change on shellfish that are vital to the European fishing economy.
Fish stock exploitation has declinedWorld Fishing | 11 Dec 2013
ICES has concluded that exploitation of fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic has declined significantly during the last decade.
Forage Fish Interactions: a symposium on "Creating the tools for ecosystem-based management of marin...Oxford Journals | 11 Dec 2013
Forage fish (FF) have a unique position within marine foodwebs and the development of sustainable harvest strategies for FF will be a critical step in advancing and implementing the broader, ecosystem-based management of marine systems. In all, 70 scientists from 16 nations gathered for a symposium on 12–14 November 2012 that was designed to address three key questions regarding the effective management of FF and their ecosystems.
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.