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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Scientists Animate Sea-level Rise with Each Ice Sheet and Glacier Contributions

Water from melting glaciers and ice sheets, along with thermal expansion of ocean water due to rising temperatures, are causing global sea-level rise. Scientists are exploiting satellite data to understand better just how much each component contributes to this devastating consequence of climate change.

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Mapping By-Catch, the Unintended Consequence of Global Fisheries

Seabirds, sea turtles and marine mammals such as dolphins may not appear to have much in common, other than an affinity for open water. The sad truth is that they are all unintended victims – by-catch – of intensive global fishing. In fact, accidental entanglement in fishing gear is the single biggest threat to some

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Passive Acoustic Monitoring Reveals Clues to Minke Whale Calling Behavior

Scientists using passive acoustic monitoring to track minke whales in the Northwest Atlantic have found clues in the individual calling behaviors and movements of this species. These findings, recently published online in the journal Behaviour, provide insight into one of the least studied baleen whales.

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Iridium and Rutgers University Partner for Challenger Glider Mission

Iridium Communications Inc. and Rutgers University’s Coastal Ocean Observation Lab (RU COOL) today announced Iridium will be a key technology sponsor to the Challenger Glider Mission. The project, a symbolic re-creation of the first global scientific ocean survey conducted by the HMS Challenger in 1872, is led by Rutgers’ students and faculty. The mission plans to

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Ingested Sensors and Video Recorder Give Researchers a Shark’s Eye View

  Instruments strapped onto and ingested by sharks are revealing novel insights into how one of the most feared and least understood ocean predators swims, eats and lives.

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

New Mobile Phone App will Help Track Marine Litter

Huge amounts of plastic and other debris are increasingly found in the sea, harming marine wildlife and potentially threatening human health. However, the composition, movement and origins of rubbish ending up in our seas and on beaches are still not widely understood.

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Europe’s Seas: A Valuable Asset that Must be Used Sustainably

Many of Europe’s marine species, habitats and ecosystems have been under threat for decades. As maritime economic activities are predicted to increase in coming years, a new briefing from the European Environment Agency (EEA) argues that the cumulative impact of human activity should be better managed to avoid irreversible damage to ecosystems.

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Teamsurv and OceanWise on the BBC

  The BBC has filmed a piece on Teamsurv and how OceanWise will potentially use Teamsurv data to improve OceanWise’s Seabed Digital Elevation Model (DEM). 

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Tulane Announces $1 million Grand Challenge Prize for Solutions to “Dead Zones”

Tulane University hopes to tap into the genius of entrepreneurs, researchers and inventors worldwide by offering a $1 million prize for the best solution to combat annual “dead zones” in the world’s lakes and oceans.    

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

New Microbattery Aids Monitoring of Salmon

Scientists have created a microbattery that packs twice the energy compared to current microbatteries used to monitor the movements of salmon through rivers in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

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