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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Federal Scientists Map Man-Made Ocean Noise

Today the ocean depths are a noisy place. The causes are human: the sonar of military exercises, the booms from air guns used in oil and gas exploration, and the whine from fleets of commercial ships that relentlessly crisscross the global seas. Nature has its own undersea noises, but the new ones are loud and ubiquitous.Marine

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Europe Must Not Lose Momentum in Marine Biodiversity Research

A new Marine Board Future Science Brief presents a roadmap for marine biodiversity science in Europe and warns against complacency. 

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Lidar Confirms Sandy’s Dramatic Coastal Change Impacts and Future Coastal Vulnerability

The extent of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath — and the future coastal vulnerability of the region — is clear in a new U.S. Geological Survey analysis of recently collected lidar coastal data. The research documented particularly dramatic impacts within the Fire Island National Seashore on Long Island, NY.

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Esri Supports Development of UCSB Ocean Use Application

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), has now officially launched SeaSketch, an ocean planning tool supported by Esri, the world leader in GIS. Conservationists, planners, and ocean resource managers will use the GIS application and Esri’s ArcGIS Online to plan sustainable ocean use management.

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Underscores Climate Change Threat to Coasts

As Hurricane Sandy dissipates and recovery efforts begin, people are asking what role climate change plays in influencing such storms. Oceans have absorbed much more of the excess heat from global warming than land and scientists understand that when hurricanes form, higher water temperatures can energize them and make them more powerful. Warming is also causing

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

NOAA Charts Changes from Sandy’s Wrath Along NJ Shore

It’s noisy aboard the King Air turboprop There’s a din from the small plane’s engines, and wind is whipping through a hole in the floor where a camera is positioned, taking high-resolution photos from the sky of Superstorm Sandy’s work. With his laptop in front of him, sensor operator Andrew Halbach helps direct the computer-controlled camera

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

China Blocks Protection of Antarctica’s Waters: Report

Some 1.2 million people asked the 25 member governments of the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR, composed of 24 countries and the EU) to take action during their annual meeting this week to conserve Antarctic marine ecosystems. Most of them answered this call and were prepared to work on proposals for marine protected areas

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

River Flow into Chesapeake Bay Following Hurricane Sandy Lower than Expected

The higher river flows following Hurricane Sandy will bring an increased amount of nutrient and sediment to the Chesapeake Bay; however these amounts will not approach the nutrient and sediment loads seen in 2011 from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Oct. 29 Update: USGS Revises Coastal Change Forecasts

On Oct. 29, 2012, USGS revised its forecasts for coastal change due to Hurricane Sandy. Now, the forecasts are as follows: Delmarva Peninsula: 91 percent of the beaches are expected to experience erosion; 55 percent of the beaches are expected to experience overwash, and 22 percent are expected to experience inundation. Coastal New Jersey: 98

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Climate Impacts in New York City: Sea Level Rise and Coastal Floods

In the United States, approximately 53% of the population lives near the coast. Thermal expansion of the oceans and mountain glacier melting are the greatest contributors to present sea level rise. Continued global climate change could increase the intensity and frequency of storms along the East Coast, causing serious flooding. Damages to coastlines and infrastructure

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