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Ocean

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

New Marine Biodiversity Treaty Negotiations Begin Next Week

States gathering at the United Nations (UN) in New York next week (28 March) will begin work towards an agreement to protect life in the high seas, closing some of the largest legal loopholes in the ocean. The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) was negotiated more than 30 years ago but

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

U.S. Coast Guard Seeks Mariner Input for Atlantic and Gulf Seacoast Study

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking input from commercial and recreational mariners for an assessment of navigation requirements on the Atlantic and Gulf seacoast. The Coast Guard Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) survey is focused on the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico Seacoast System, an open water system typically traveled by

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Sea Level Rise Threatens Larger Number of People Than Earlier Estimated

More people live close to sea coast than earlier estimated, assess researchers in a new study. These people are the most vulnerable to the rise of the sea level as well as to the increased number of floods and intensified storms. By using recent increased resolution datasets, Aalto University researchers estimate that 1.9 billion inhabitants,

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Ice Sheet Modeling of Greenland, Antarctica Helps Predict Sea-Level Rise

LIVERMORE, Calif.–The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets will make a dominant contribution to 21st century sea-level rise if current climate trends continue. However, predicting the expected loss of ice sheet mass is difficult due to the complexity of modeling ice sheet behavior. To better understand this loss, a team of Sandia National Laboratories researchers has

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Sentinel-3a Successfully Launches for Ocean and Land Monitoring Mission

The third ESA-developed satellite carrying four Earth-observing instruments was launched today, ready to provide a ‘bigger picture’ for Europe’s Copernicus environment programme. The 1150 kg Sentinel-3A satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher from Plesetsk, Russia, at 17:57 GMT (18:57 CET; 20:57 local time) on 16 February. After a first burn starting about

Monday, February 15th, 2016

AWARE Project Launched to Gain New Insights on Climate of Antarctica

It has been nearly half a century since scientists have collected extensive climate or atmospheric data from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS). But late last year, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, working with a group led by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, embarked on a new project that

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Fugro Delivers Surface Current Data with Innovative New System

Fugro and technology partner Areté Associates have successfully delivered near real-time, synoptic, surface current data to characterise Loop Current and Loop Current eddy conditions in the US Gulf of Mexico during a period of intense current conditions. The new ROCIS (Remote Ocean Current Imaging System) was deployed on its first operational project, in the US

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Greenhouse Gas Can Escape the Deep Ocean in Surprising Way, New Study Says

A new scientific journal article reports that carbon dioxide can emerge from the deep ocean in a surprising way — a new piece of the global carbon “puzzle” that researchers must solve to fully understand major issues like climate change.

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Global Oceans Commission Welcomes UN General Assembly Decision to Hold UN Conference on Oceans and Seas

The Global Ocean Commission welcomed today’s decision by the UN General Assembly to convene in June 2017 the high-level UN Conference on Oceans and Seas, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and Sustainably Use the Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources for Sustainable Development. The conference will be held in Fiji from

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Impact of Oceans Recognized at COP21 as Never Before

The ocean has been recognized at COP21 as never before. Previously all but ignored within the UNFCCC process, the last ten days have seen the ocean come up time and again, in terms of sea level rise, acidification, warming, saltwater incursion, storm surges, oxygen production, carbon sequestration, glacial loss and even habitat creep for fish

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