Oceanography

Seals Happy About Global Warming Sea Ice Loss

Though the developed world is concerned about greenhouse gas emissions implicated in climate change and global warming, reactions in nature have been less consistent. Polar bears have been increasingly forced on shore due to sea ice loss, where they eat b ...

Article - Cash Simpson - Apr 3 2015 - 11:23am

Carbon's Importance To Ocean Life's Survival 252 Million Years Ago

A new study demonstrates for the first time how elemental carbon became an important construction material of some forms of ocean life after one of the greatest mass extinctions in the history of Earth more than 252 million years ago.  As the Permian Peri ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 7 2015 - 8:00am

Swirling Currents Deliver Phytoplankton Carbon To Ocean Depths

Crocus and daffodil blossoms mean spring has arrived on land and a similar "greening" event, a massive phytoplankton bloom, unfolds each spring in the Atlantic Ocean. But, what happens to all that organic material produced in the surface ocean?  ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 6 2015 - 8:30am

'Warm Blob' In Pacific Ocean Linked To Weird Weather

The one common element in recent American weather has been its diversity. The West Coast has been drier than usual while the East Coast has had more snow. Fish are swimming into new waters and so hungry seals that don't follow them aare washing up on ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 14 2015 - 10:00am

New Methane Source Discovered In Arctic Ocean

Methane is a greenhouse gas with more warming impact than carbon dioxide but also fortunately a much shorter life in the atmosphere. Due to the popularity of much cleaner natural gas, which has caused CO2 emissions to drop, there are concerns about methane ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 13 2015 - 1:46pm

Iceberg Armadas Didn't Cause North Atlantic Cooling

Though some studies have linked icebergs to abrupt climate change cycles during the last glacial period- by introducing fresh water to the surface of the ocean and changing ocean currents, which changes climate- new findings present a contradictory narrati ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 15 2015 - 1:35pm

Dispersants Sprayed After BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill May Be More Toxic Than The Oil

We are still trying to fully understand the extent of the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill five years ago, one of the worst environmental disasters in US history. ...

Article - The Conversation - Apr 22 2015 - 8:00am

Bacterial Steroids: They Get 'Pumped Up' By CO2 From Dying Phytoplankton

The ocean sucks up heat-trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) building up in our atmosphere with help from tiny plankton. Like plants on land, plankton convert CO2 into organic carbon via photosynthesis and then can sink into the deep ocean, carrying carbon with ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 28 2015 - 9:19am

Why There Is A 200-year Lag Between Climate Events In Greenland And Antarctica

Greenland climate during the last ice age was very unstable, the researchers say, characterized by a number of large, abrupt changes in mean annual temperature that each occurred within several decades. These so-called "Dansgaard-Oeschger events" ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 29 2015 - 2:54pm

New Atlantic Ocean Open Water Dead Zones

Researchers have discovered areas in the tropical North Atlantic, several hundred kilometers off the coast of West Africa, with extremely low levels of oxygen, making them uninhabitable for most marine animals. The levels measured in these 'dead zone ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 30 2015 - 8:33am