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Monday, August 26th, 2013

Report Details Inhospitable Oceans Due to Rapid Acidification

Ocean acidification can be expected to drive substantial changes in ocean ecosystems during this century, according to a study that assesses the sensitivities of diverse marine animal groups to carbon dioxide concentrations. These findings, published online this week in Nature Climate Change, provide cause for concern about ocean ecosystems and the people dependent upon them.

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Swedish Icebreaker Tests New Arctic Monitoring System

Maritime traffic in the Arctic is rising dramatically, leading to a greater need for safety and environmental protection. Consequently, as part of the icebreaker Oden’s Artic expedition, the Swedish Maritime Administration is testing a new tracking system for maritime traffic. The World Wildlife Fund, WWF, is also positive to the project.

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Autonomous Ocean Gliders Improve Environmental Studies

Though 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans, 95 percent of these waters are currently unexplored, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Researchers at Texas A&M are working to discover more about these murky depths with new unmanned, missile-shaped Slocum gliders.

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

New Partnership Launched to Predict Impact of Underwater Noise on Fish

A three-year Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between HR Wallingford and the University of Exeter has been launched this month, funded through NERC’s Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange (MREKE) programme.

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

U.S. Navy Ships Participate in Marine Mammal Studies

Independent researchers working in coordination with the Navy ships USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Cape St. George (CG 71) conducted ground-breaking marine mammal behavioral response studies (BRSs) on the Navy’s Southern California Offshore Range in July.

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

California Seafloor Mapping Reveals Hidden Treasures

Science and technology have peeled back a veil of water just offshore of California, revealing the hidden seafloor in unprecedented detail. New imagery, specialized undersea maps, and a wealth of data from along the California coast are now available. Three new products in an ongoing series were released today by the U.S. Geological Survey —

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Updating the Sea Ice Baseline

This July, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) plans to change the baseline climatological period for Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis and the Sea Ice Index, the data set they use for our sea ice analysis. They are making this change to match the comparison time frames used by other climate research.

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Catlin Seaview Survey’s Latest Expedition to Investigate Caribbean’s Endangered Coral Reef Ecosystems

The Catlin Seaview Survey, sponsored by international insurer Catlin Group Limited, today announced a massive expansion of its study of coral reefs with a new campaign in the Caribbean and Bermuda. The program – which will significantly widen opportunities for ocean, coral and climate scientists to understand the changes that are occurring within the region

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

NOAA Scientists Measure and Map the Dead Zone

Summer can be a tough time for many species in the Gulf of Mexico, when the combination of nutrient-rich river runoff and warm temperatures can rob coastal bottom waters of oxygen. Where that happens, shrimp, fish, and other creatures can be forced to flee to fresher waters, leaving a so-called dead zone behind.

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Scottish Government Launches Draft of National Marine Plan

Sustainable economic growth that is sensitive to the environment is at the centre of draft management plans that will form the future National Marine Plan. A joint marine consultation has been launched today that will help decide how Scotland’s seas are managed in the future.

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