Physical Oceanography

Stories about the physics, chemistry and geology of the oceans

WMO recognizes new world record wave height

Written by on December 21, 2016 in Other News, Physical Oceanography
WMO recognizes new world record wave height

The World Meteorological Organization has established a new world record wave height of 19 meters (62.3 feet) measured by a buoy in the North Atlantic.

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Phytoplankton travels around the world faster than we thought

Written by on April 27, 2016 in Other News, Physical Oceanography
Phytoplankton travels around the world faster than we thought

New research from Princeton University reveals that phytoplankton can drift from one region of the ocean to “almost any other place on the globe” in less than a decade.

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Ocean Acidification Led to History’s Greatest Extinction

Written by on April 20, 2015 in Other News, Physical Oceanography
Ocean Acidification Led to History’s Greatest Extinction

A new study shows volcanic activity caused changes to the oceans that led to the greatest extinction in history.

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Warming Oceans Will Change Our Menus, Too

Written by on April 15, 2015 in Fish, Other News, Physical Oceanography
Warming Oceans Will Change Our Menus, Too

A new study reveals that popular North Sea fish, like haddock and lemon sole, could soon be harder to find on menus as climate change alters their habitats.

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Warming Arctic Increases Mixing of Pacific and Atlantic Fish

Written by on February 27, 2015 in Marine Life, Physical Oceanography
Warming Arctic Increases Mixing of Pacific and Atlantic Fish

Mixing of Pacific and Atlantic fish due to climate change will affect food webs that have been established for millions of years and impact biodiversity in both regions.

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Reduced Sea Ice Could Lead to Increased Atmospheric CO2

Written by on October 1, 2014 in Other News, Physical Oceanography
Reduced Sea Ice Could Lead to Increased Atmospheric CO2

“New research shows that sea ice in the Arctic draws large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere into the ocean.”

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Scientists Use Volcanic Eruption to Study Iron Fertilization

Written by on August 27, 2014 in Physical Oceanography
Scientists Use Volcanic Eruption to Study Iron Fertilization

The 2010 eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull helped researchers study the relationship between iron in the oceans and CO2 in the atmosphere.

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The Ecosystem-Altering Invasion of Tropical Fish

Written by on July 23, 2014 in Fish, Marine Life, Physical Oceanography
The Ecosystem-Altering Invasion of Tropical Fish

A new study reveals the harmful impact that tropical fish have on the temperate areas they invade.

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Changing Antarctic Winds to Accelerate Sea Level Rise

Written by on July 11, 2014 in Other News, Physical Oceanography
Changing Antarctic Winds to Accelerate Sea Level Rise

“It was one of the few cases where I hoped the science was wrong.”

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Measuring Sea Level Rise With Much More Certainty

Written by on May 15, 2014 in Other News, Physical Oceanography
Measuring Sea Level Rise With Much More Certainty

Scientists have developed a new method for measuring sea level rise that will determine if the rate is currently increasing.

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