Oceanography

Deep Ocean: Mother Nature's Very Own Science Fiction Movie

Contrary to popular belief (trekkies especially) space is not yet the final frontier- we still have plenty of  unexplored frontier closer to home yet farther away from pop culture imagination: the oceans.   The deep ocean remains one of the last truly expl ...

Article - Erin Richards - Mar 5 2009 - 10:58pm

Discovery- 7 New Species Of Bamboo Coral Near Hawaii

Scientists identified seven new species of bamboo coral discovered in the deep waters of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Six of these species may represent entirely new genera, a remarkable feat given the broad classification a genus repres ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 5 2009 - 12:50pm

Autosub- The Yellow Submarine In Antarctica

The Antarctic landmass is losing its frontier status.  Housing thousands of decreasingly rugged inhabitants in heated, internet-ready comfort, it’s been so well-mapped that we even know where to find the donuts.  Underwater, however, is a different story.  ...

Article - Stephanie Pulford - Mar 19 2009 - 12:52pm

Arctic Literally On Thin Ice

The latest data from NASA and the University of Colorado at Boulder's National Snow and Ice Data Center show the continuation of a decade-long trend of shrinking sea ice extent in the Arctic, including new evidence for thinning ice as well. The resear ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 6 2009 - 12:16pm

Arctic Sea Ice- Is It Getting Thinner Or Not?

Because global warming- whoops, climate change- became a political football rather than a scientific one, there are a lot of people attacking methodology and motive.   1990 does seem like a pretty arbitrary date for CO2 emissions until you realize that ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 9 2009 - 1:07pm

Curbing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Will Save Arctic Sea Ice- Study

The threat of global warming can still be greatly diminished if nations cut emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases by 70 percent this century, according to a new analysis.  While global temperatures would rise, the most dangerous potential aspects of ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 14 2009 - 7:26pm

Contrarian New Zealand Glaciers Grow In The Age Of Global Warming

Most of the world's glaciers are retreating as the planet gets warmer but some, including glaciers south of the equator in South America and New Zealand, are growing. At least for New Zealand glaciers, scientists have offered an explanation: for the l ...

Article - News Staff - May 3 2009 - 3:02pm

Climate Change Modeling Complication- Ocean Circulation Does Not Work As Expected

You probably envision ocean currents as a 'conveyor belt'  - that's okay, so do oceanographers.  But at least in the Atlantic, it doesn't work quite the way scientists have believed, according to new research led by Duke University and ...

Article - News Staff - May 13 2009 - 3:38pm

Sea Level Rise Threat From West Antarctic Ice Sheet Has Been 'Greatly Overestimated'

The potential contribution to sea level rise from a collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) have been greatly overestimated, according to a new study in Science.   These scientists estimate global sea level would rise 3.3 metres, not five or six, w ...

Article - News Staff - May 14 2009 - 9:00pm

Deepest Dive in History

Very cool news- a ROV recently dove to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench.  Here's the basics over at Discover. I can't wait until they release more images.  It's very exciting that technology is starting to catch up with our desire t ...

Blog Post - Mrs. H. - Jun 4 2009 - 6:09pm