Oceanography

Sea Turtles Face Plastic Pollution Peril

A new global review led by the University of Exeter that set out to investigate the hazards of marine plastic pollution has warned that all seven species of marine turtles can ingest or become entangled in the discarded debris that currently litters the o ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 9 2015 - 10:53am

Greenland's Ice Sheet Plumbing System Revealed

Pioneering new research sheds light on the impact of climate change on subglacial lakes found under the Greenland ice sheet. A team of experts, led by Dr Steven Palmer from the University of Exeter, has studied the water flow paths from one such subglacia ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 11 2015 - 11:49am

Chesapeake Bay Surface Water Temperature Is Increasing Over Time

A new study shows that surface water temperature in the Chesapeake Bay is increasing more rapidly than air temperature, signaling a need to look at the impact of warming waters on one of the largest and most productive estuaries in the world. The study wa ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 16 2015 - 8:00am

Bubble Plume Evidence Suggests Warmer Ocean May Be Releasing Frozen Methane

Warming ocean temperatures a third of a mile below the surface, in a dark ocean in areas with little marine life, might attract scant attention. But this is precisely the depth where frozen pockets of methane 'ice' transition from a dormant soli ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 14 2015 - 6:57pm

Warming Waters Contributed To The Collapse Of New England's Cod Fishery

For centuries, cod were the backbone of New England's fisheries and a key species in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem.  Cod is a cold-water species, and the Gulf of Maine is at the edge of its geographic range. As the ocean warms, the capacity of the Gulf ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 5 2015 - 8:00am

Why Is Arctic Snow Darkening?

For millennia, Greenland's ice sheet reflected sunlight back into space but satellite measurements in recent years suggest the bright surface is darkening, causing solar heat to be absorbed and surface melting to accelerate. Some studies suggest this ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 2 2015 - 3:00am

Growing Antarctic Ice Caused Ancient Mediterranean To Dry Up

An international research team has a hypothesis regarding the mystery of why the Mediterranean Sea dried up around 5.6 million years ago. The event, known as the Messinian Salinity Crisis (MSC), saw the Mediterranean become a 1.5 kilometer deep basin for ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 10 2015 - 9:00am

Shrinking Shelf, Faster Flow For Zachariæ Isstrøm Glacier

Zachariæ Isstrøm, a glacier in northeast Greenland, began a rapid retreat in recent years, a new study reports. The glacier helps to drain 12 percent of the Greenland Ice Sheet and has the potential to raise sea level significantly if it were to melt, acc ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 13 2015 - 6:58am

Better Than Estimates: Direct Observation Of Greenland Ice Sheet Is Missing Link In IPCC Climate Reporting

Climate researchers have published direct observations of the reduction and melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet during the latest 110 years, a step up from flawed numerical estimates used for all previous claims. In a recent paper, the researchers claim th ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 26 2015 - 11:15am

Forget Pacific Garbage Patch Hype, Focus On Coastal Litter

Though hyper-exaggerated pictures of garbage patches and models extrapolated from a fishing line study in the 1980s get all of the media attention when it comes to pollution, it causes activist groups to raise money by focusing on the wrong thing. The mos ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 19 2016 - 7:17pm