Archive for January, 2009

NOAA-Led Study Shows Climate Change Largely Irreversible

Written by on January 29, 2009 in Policy & Ocean Law
NOAA-Led Study Shows Climate Change Largely Irreversible

It is impossible nowadays to have an informed discussion of global warming and climate change without understanding the role of the oceans in affecting the key processes of change.  A new study led by award-winning NOAA scientist Susan Solomon, examined how changes in surface temperature, rainfall and sea level are largely irreversible for more than 1,000 […]

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ROV Jason Discovers New Deep-Water Species in Tasman Fracture Zone

Written by on January 26, 2009 in Marine Life
ROV Jason Discovers New Deep-Water Species in Tasman Fracture Zone

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) announced last week that a four-week expedition to explore the deep ocean southwest of Tasmania has revealed new species of animals and more evidence of impacts of increasing carbon dioxide on deep-sea corals.  The collaborative voyage of U.S. and Australian researchers was led by chief scientists Dr. Jess […]

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Brain Coral Record Helps Correlate Human Warming Effects with Atmospheric Instability Phenomenon

Written by on January 16, 2009 in Other News
Brain Coral Record Helps Correlate Human Warming Effects with Atmospheric Instability Phenomenon

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution researchers recently used a Bahamas brain coral to reconstruct a 218-year-long temperature record showing the long-term behavior of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), a large-scale atmospheric pressure variation.  The scientists believe that the resulting knowledge of the past behavior of the NAO in response to global temperature changes can help predict […]

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NOAA Will Permit Limited Marine Mammal Deaths Due to Navy Sonar

Written by on January 12, 2009 in Policy & Ocean Law
NOAA Will Permit Limited Marine Mammal Deaths Due to Navy Sonar

The Navy requested authorization under the Marine Mammal Protection Act because the mid-frequency sound generated by tactical active sonar, and the sound and pressure generated by detonating explosives, may affect the behavior of some marine mammals or cause a temporary loss of their hearing. NOAA’s Fisheries Service has issued regulations and a letter of authorization […]

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Turtle Hatchlings Under Serious Stress

Written by on January 8, 2009 in Marine Life
Turtle Hatchlings Under Serious Stress

For the sake of curiosity, David Booth, from the University of Queensland, Australia, decided to measure the rate of oxygen consumption in newly hatched turtles as they swim to safety. Hatchlings on the Great Barrier Reef’s coral cays are in a high risk zone. The dash from the nesting area to the water is filled […]

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Severe Coral Bleaching Predicted in Coral Sea

Written by on January 7, 2009 in Marine Life
Severe Coral Bleaching Predicted in Coral Sea

A devastating coral bleaching episode is predicted to occur in the Coral Sea between now and February.  If the bleaching has the effects that NOAA is predicting, marine life in the surrounding areas will be severely damaged. Reports from NOAA say that the bleaching will occur in parts of the Coral Sea, adjacent to Australia’s […]

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Possible Breeding Ground for North Atlantic Right Whales Located

Written by on January 6, 2009 in Marine Life
Possible Breeding Ground for North Atlantic Right Whales Located

A high number of North Atlantic right whales have been spotted in the Gulf of Maine over the last several weeks.  This observation has led researchers at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center to believe that they have located a new wintering ground and possibly even a breeding ground for the perilously endangered species.  Right whales […]

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Will the Shrewsbury Dolphins Survive the Winter?

Written by on January 5, 2009 in Marine Life
Will the Shrewsbury Dolphins Survive the Winter?

They are still here and healthy, for now at least. At this time the dolphins remain in good body condition and are feeding and socializing normally. There are 12 remaining from the original 16 that came to the river six months ago. They are living between the Oceanic Bridge of the Navesink and the Shrewsbury River. Two […]

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Europe’s Big 3 Labs Sign New Oceanography Cooperation Pact

Written by on January 3, 2009 in Other News, Policy & Ocean Law
Europe’s Big 3 Labs Sign New Oceanography Cooperation Pact

In a positive development that recognizes the need for more and better international collaboration, Europe’s three largest marine research institutes have announced plans to strengthen scientific cooperation in global oceanographic research. The National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS), UK, the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, (Ifremer), and the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences […]

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Now Arriving: Marine Science Today

Written by on January 2, 2009 in Other News
Now Arriving:  Marine Science Today

Welcome to Marine Science Today, your source for the latest news about the study of our planet’s oceans.  You will find here articles and analysis about the people, the technology, the policy and the various research disciplines involved in modern marine science. Marine Science Today has taken over the former marine science content stream of […]

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