NASA sees 2 tropical cyclones competing in the Indian OceanEurekAlert | 13 May 2013
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The Indian Ocean is alive with tropical activity today, May 10, as there's a tropical storm in both the northern and southern oceans. Tropical Cyclone Jamala (formerly 24S) and newborn Tropical Cyclone 01B were both captured on one image from NASA's Terra satellite today.
Secret streets of Britain's Atlantis are revealedEurekAlert | 13 May 2013
A University of Southampton professor has carried out the most detailed analysis ever of the archaeological remains of the lost medieval town of Dunwich, dubbed 'Britain's Atlantis.'
Researchers develop new metric to measure destructive potential of hurricanesEurekAlert | 30 Apr 2013
(Florida State University) Researchers at Florida State University have developed a new metric to measure seasonal Atlantic tropical cyclone activity that focuses on the size of storms in addition to the duration and intensity, a measure that may prove important when considering a hurricane's potential for death and destruction.
Tsunami Preparedness WeekWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 27 Mar 2013
A tsunami is a massive, fast-moving wave created by an underwater earthquake or landslide. The large volume of water displaced by a sudden movement of the seafloor creates a pulse in the ocean that races out from its source at speeds of up to 500 miles per hour and extends thousands of feet below the surface.
Researchers Issue Forecast for 'Moderate' New England Red Tide in 2013Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 26 Mar 2013
New England is expected to experience a moderate red tide this spring and summer, report NOAA-funded scientists studying the toxic algae that cause blooms in the Gulf of Maine. The red tide is caused by an alga Alexandrium fundyense, which produces a toxin that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP).
NOAA Releases Coastal Population Trends ReportNOAA's National Ocean Service | 26 Mar 2013
If current population trends continue, the already crowded U.S. coast will see population grow from 123 million people to nearly 134 million people by 2020, putting more of the population at increased risk from extreme coastal storms like Sandy and Isaac, which severely damaged infrastructure and property last year. The projection comes from a new report released today from NOAA with input from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Shellfisheries Reopen at Georges Bank, Massachusetts [Feature]NOAA's National Ocean Service | 18 Mar 2013
Something good is happening at Georges Bank, a large area off the coast of Massachusetts that separates the Gulf of Maine from the Atlantic Ocean: After 22 years, some 6,000 square miles of the sea floor recently reopened for surf clam and ocean quahog fishing.
Sea lettuce impact revealedNew Zealand Herald | 08 Mar 2013
An estimated 2.4 tonnes of drifting sea lettuce is entering Tauranga's Waikareao Estuary on each cycle of the tide during the worst affected times of the year. The impact of sea lettuce on the estuary was revealed in studies carried...
Breaking the rules for how tsunamis workEurekAlert | 06 Mar 2013
(University of Southern California) Until now, it was largely believed that the maximum tsunami height onshore could not exceed the depth of the seafloor. But new research shows that when focusing occurs, that scaling relationship breaks down and flooding can be up to 50 percent deeper with waves that do not lose height as they get closer to shore.
Typhoon Committee considers impact of climate changewmo.int | 08 Feb 2013
The influence of climate change on tropical cyclone activity in the western North Pacific basin remains uncertain and more research will be required to understand the relative contributions of natural variations and climate change linked to human activity, according to a new analysis of the worlds most active tropical cyclone region.
More dead herring wash up in IcelandWorld Fishing | 06 Feb 2013
An estimated 15,000-20,000 tonnes of herring has been found floating dead in Kolgrafafjorour, a small fjord in west Iceland.
Cargo container research to improve buildings' ability to withstand tsunamisEurekAlert | 05 Feb 2013
(Purdue University) A multi-university team lead by Ronald Riggs, a structural engineer at the University of Hawaii, has determined just what the impact of cargo containers could be and will present findings at an international conference in June. The goal is to supply structural engineers with information to design buildings in areas vulnerable to tsunamis.
NOAA adds red tide alerts to Beach Hazards StatementsEurekAlert | 04 Feb 2013
(NOAA Headquarters) NOAA has added a new service to alert the public when red tides threaten human health at Tampa Bay area beaches. The new alert is timely since many of southwest Florida's beaches are experiencing or are under threat of red tide.
Alert as jellyfish invade beachesNew Zealand Herald | 09 Jan 2013
Several Auckland beaches have been invaded by microscopic jellyfish, and parents are being warned that children are in danger of being stung.
Environmental degradation increases the disaster risk worldwideehs.unu.edu | 16 Oct 2012
The WorldRiskIndex reveals global hotspots for disaster risk in Oceania, Southeast Asia, the southern Sahel and especially in Central America and the Caribbean. In these places a very high threat of natural disasters and climate change meets very vulnerable communities