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Ocean

Friday, October 10th, 2014

New Study Finds Steep Increase in East Coast High-Tide Floods

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2014—Flooding during high tides—something that rarely occurred in the past—is now common in some places and is projected to grow to the point that sections of coastal cities may flood so often they would become unusable in the near future, according to a report the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released today,

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

NOAA Sea Grant Awards $15.9 million for Projects to Build Resilient Coastal Communities

NOAA Sea Grant announced today grants totaling $15.9 million to support over 300 projects around the nation that help build resilient coastal communities and economies. Through university, state and other partnerships, Sea Grant Programs will supplement the federal funding with an additional $7.9 million in non-federal matching funds, bringing the total investment to more than $23.8

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

NOAA, NASA Fund Foundation Projects for National Operational Marine Biodiversity Observation Network

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA are funding three demonstration projects that will lay the foundation for the first national network to monitor marine biodiversity at scales ranging from microbes to whales. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) also plans to contribute.

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

New Map Exposes Previously Unseen Details of Seafloor

Accessing two previously untapped streams of satellite data, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and their colleagues have created a new map of the world’s seafloor, creating a much more vivid picture of the structures that make up the deepest, least-explored parts of the ocean. Thousands of previously uncharted mountains rising

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

President Obama to Designate Largest Marine Monument in the World Off-Limits to Development

As part of this Year of Action, President Obama will signed a proclamation to designate the largest marine reserve in the world that is completely off limits to commercial resource extraction including commercial fishing. The proclamation expands the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, one of the most pristine tropical marine environments in the

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

REEF CHECK Divers Check the Health of Reefs, Make a Difference as Citizen Scientists

John Manos builds houses during the week, but on summer weekends he drops his construction tools, dons his wetsuit and scuba gear and transforms into an underwater citizen scientist for the Reef Check Foundation.  “I want to do what I can to make sure our beautiful kelp forests and fish are here for my grandkids,”

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Princeton University Launches NSF-funded Initiative to Study Southern Ocean’s Role in Global Systems

Scientists from 11 institutions across the United States will meet this week at Princeton University to officially launch a $21-million, National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded, interdisciplinary initiative to study the Southern Ocean, the sea that surrounds Antarctica.

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Ocean Warming Affecting Florida Reefs

Late-summer water temperatures near the Florida Keys were warmer by nearly 2 degrees Fahrenheit in the last several decades compared to a century earlier, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

18 Teams Vie for $2 Million Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

XPRIZE, the global leader in incentivized prize competitions, today announced the18 teams moving forward in the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a global competition to create pH sensor technology that will affordably and accurately measure ocean acidification. Next week, each team will submit their sensor for a rigorous three-month test in controlled laboratory conditions

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Tracking Down the Origins of the World’s Migrating Ocean Pollution

UNSW mathematicians and oceanographers have developed a model that could reveal who is to blame for litter in the floating garbage patches in the world’s oceans. The best known area of concern is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch between Hawaii and California where pieces of plastic outweigh plankton in that part of the ocean, posing

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