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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.
Typhoon prompts climate 'fast'BBC | 11 Nov 2013
In a highly emotional intervention, the head of the Philippines team at talks in Warsaw will fast until progress is made.
Typhoon Haiyan and climate change Q&AGuardian Unlimited | 11 Nov 2013
How could climate change affect typhoons, hurricanes and tropical storms and is it possible to calculate this impact? Is typhoon Haiyan linked to climate change? As the devastating storm has only just happened, it is too soon for any research to have been done on whether global warming influenced typhoon Haiyan. But there are good reasons for expecting that it has.
El Niño is becoming more activeEurekAlert | 29 Oct 2013
A new approach to analyzing geological and biological clues from the past to reconstruct El Niño activity during the past 600 years resolves disagreements and reveals that El Niño has become more active in recent decades. The work, published in Climate of the Past by scientists from the University of New South Wales and the University of Hawaii International Pacific Research Center, may also help yield more accurate El Niño projections with further global warming.
Giant waves pose huge risksNew Zealand Herald | 01 Oct 2013
A large earthquake could trigger a wall of water more than 12m high, giving people just minutes to get to higher ground. A tsunami could reach land so quickly there might not be time for sirens to be sounded or a warning to be broadcast.
NOAA, government and academia partners deploy underwater robots to improve hurricane scienceEurekAlert | 26 Sep 2013
Several regions of the NOAA-led US Integrated Ocean Observing System are partnering to deploy 12 to 16 autonomous underwater robotic vehicles, also known as gliders, from Nova Scotia to Georgia to collect data on ocean conditions, which will help improve scientists' understanding of hurricanes and pave the way for future improvements in hurricane intensity forecasts.
Underwater 'Gliders' Help Improve Hurricane Forecasts [What's New]NOAA's National Ocean Service | 19 Sep 2013
A fleet of underwater robots is descending into Atlantic coastal waters from Nova Scotia to Georgia to collect data that may help improve storm intensity forecasts for future hurricane seasons. Several regions of the NOAA-led U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) have partnered to deploy approximately 15 of the autonomous underwater vehicles, also called gliders, for up to eight weeks during the peak fall Atlantic storm season.
Planning for our Ocean Future (blog)The Ocean Foundation | 17 Sep 2013
A version of this blog originally appeared on National Geographics Ocean Views site.Lucky me! I spent part of August in Lisbon, Portugal and part of it in coastal Maine—giving me a view from each side of the Atlantic. In Lisbon, I was working on new partnerships with the Future Ocean Alliance and the Luso-American Development Foundation.
Trans-Nino years could foster tornado super outbreaksEurekAlert | 13 Sep 2013
(American Geosciences Institute) Researchers are trying to determine if Trans-Nino years, which mark the onset or ebbing of El Nino and La Nina, are the main culprits behind deadly super-outbreaks of tornadoes.
Study Explores Complex Physical Oceanography in East China SeaWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 13 Sep 2013
In their work to understand the strong currents over the continental shelf and slope in the East China Sea, the researchers used four ships for intensive sampling of the continental shelf and slope, and deployed several moorings and conducted high-resolution hydrographic surveys.
AGU journal highlights -- July 16, 2013EurekAlert | 17 Jul 2013
"Why freshwater organisms survived the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs"; "Constraining bubbling of methane from thermokarst lakes"; "Low-cost solution optimizes water quality of reservoir effluent"; "Characterizing the dynamics of geyser eruptions"; "Seismic studies provide new detail on transition zone below western US" and "New global maps of surface ocean currents made from drifter data."
NOAA, Partners Test Red Tide Robot to Detect Shellfish ToxinsNOAA's National Ocean Service | 11 Jun 2013
Recently, NOAA and partners conducted the first field test of an underwater robot using a NOAA-developed sensor that enables remote, automated measurements of paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs). PSTs are produced by the dinoflagellate Alexandrium, the algae that causes toxic red tides in the Gulf of Maine.
Biodiversity loss, natural disasters and Small Island Developing StatesFIELD - Foundation for International Environmental Law & Development | 05 Jun 2013
An article by Sarah Wilson considers the importance of biodiversity to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in providing resilience and adaptability in the face of natural disasters. The article highlights cyclone "Evan", which struck the Pacific island nation of Samoa, and considers the work programme on island biodiversity under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Puffin numbers 'weather storm wreck'BBC | 30 May 2013
North Sea coast puffin populations appear to have weathered spring storms which caused the deaths of thousands of the birds, researchers believe.