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Geology rocks the Pacific Northwest: GSA Meeting returns to Seattle

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Geological Society of America) Registration is open for The Geological Society of America's Annual Meeting & Exposition, to be held Oct. 22-25 2017 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, USA.



NASA's infrared and radar eyes in space cast on Tropical Storm Cindy

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed Tropical Storm Cindy in infrared light to identify areas of strongest storms and the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM satellite found locations of heaviest rainfall as Cindy was making landfall along the US Gulf Coast states.



NASA sees Tropical Storm Cindy soaking the Gulf Coast

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of Tropical Storm Cindy after it formed and was already affecting the US Gulf Coast states. Cindy continues to crawl toward land and Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for June 21.



NASA sees Tropical Storm Bret's finale

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Bret was weakening with NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead on June 20, and within three hours of the overpass, Bret degenerated into a tropical wave.



Warming temperatures threaten sea turtles

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Swansea University) This research suggests that that warmer temperatures associated with climate change may lead to higher numbers of female sea turtles and increased nest failure.



NASA examines potential tropical or sub-tropical storm affecting Gulf states

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed over a developing low pressure area in the Gulf of Mexico and gathered two days of rainfall and storm height information. The disturbance could become Tropical or Sub-tropical Storm Cindy in the next couple days.



Great opportunities for marine research with new underwater vehicle

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Gothenburg) The University of Gothenburg soon will have its first autonomous underwater vehicle for research use. This will make it possible to conduct detailed studies of the seabed at great depths and track the climate thousands of years back in time.



Wave beams mix and stir the ocean to create climate

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(American Institute of Physics) Waves deep within the ocean play an important role in establishing ocean circulation, arising when tidal currents oscillate over an uneven ocean bottom. The internal waves generated by this process stir and mix the ocean, bringing cold, deep water to the surface to be warmed by the sun. This week in Physics of Fluids, investigators how to tell which way internal waves will go. The proposed theory unifies several previously understood explanations of wave propagation.



Potential Atlantic Ocean Tropical Cyclone 2 examined by NASA

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA provided rainfall data and cloud height information to the forecasters monitoring the developing Tropical Cyclone 2 in the western Atlantic Ocean. The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed over the organizing storm on June 19. The storm has already generated a number of warnings and watches in the Caribbean and Venezuela.



Chemistry of sea spray particles linked for first time to formation process

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of California - San Diego) A team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego has identified for the first time what drives the observed differences in the chemical make-up of sea spray particles ejected from the ocean by breaking waves.



Scientists throw light on mysterious ice age temperature jumps

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Cardiff University) Scientists believe they have discovered the reason behind mysterious changes to the climate that saw temperatures fluctuate by up to 15°C within just a few decades during the ice age periods.



Scientists report large-scale surface melting event in Antarctica during 2015-16 El Niño

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of California - San Diego) The West Antarctic Ice Sheet, a landbound mass of ice larger than Mexico, experienced substantial surface melt through the austral summer of 2015-2016 during one of the largest El Niño events of the past 50 years, according to scientists who had been conducting the first comprehensive atmospheric measurements in the region since the 1960s.



Amazonia's future will be jeopardized by dams

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Arizona) The hundreds of hydroelectric dams proposed for the Amazon River Basin will cause massive environmental damage all the way from the eastern slopes of the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean. About one-third of the 428 dams are built or are under construction. The environmental effects will ramify throughout the river system and beyond. The largest river system on Earth, the Amazon River and its watershed cover 6.1 million square kilometers and includes nine countries.



Autumn Eurasian snow variability in response to atmospheric circulation

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) investigate the autumn Eurasian snow variability, intending to provide a better understanding of the factors involved in Eurasian snow changes and their impacts on the wintertime Arctic Oscillation. The study concluded that atmospheric circulation and associated changes in the land-surface state are essential factors of influence for the autumn Eurasian snow variability. This complicates the prediction of autumn Eurasian snow anomalies and their climatic impacts.



NASA's Aqua satellite sees Tropical Depression Calvin soak Mexico

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Depression 3E briefly strengthened into a tropical storm and was renamed Calvin before it made landfall in southwestern Mexico. NASA's Aqua satellite captured a look at the depression just prior to its classification as a tropical storm.



NASA eyed rainfall rates in Tropical Storm Merbok before landfall

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Merbok formed in the South China Sea west of the Philippines on June 11 and made landfall east of Hong Kong, China on June 12. NASA measured the rainfall rates within the tropical storm early in its short two day lifetime.



Tuning into the channel

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of California - Santa Barbara) Graduate students awarded time on the R/V Sally Ride to conduct research and foster collaboration between scientists and artists.



Keck Futures Initiative and the Gulf Research Program award $1.55 million for 21 projects

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) and the Gulf Research Program -- programs of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine -- are pleased to announce recipients of 21 interdisciplinary seed grants, totaling $1.55 million. These competitive grants support collaborations and investigations resulting from Discovering the Deep Blue Sea: Research, Innovation, Social Engagement, the 14th annual Futures conference, held last November.



NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP Tropical Cyclone Merbok Nnaring Hong Kong

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Merbok formed in the South China Sea early on June 11 and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead as the storm moved toward China on June 12.



NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP sees a disorganized Tropical Depression 3E

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The third tropical cyclone of the Eastern Pacific Ocean hurricane season formed on Sunday, June 11 at 5 a.m. EDT about 120 miles (190 km) south of Salina Cruz, Mexico. Tropical Depression 3E moved north and turned to the northwest, slowly tracking toward land. Satellite imagery from NASA and NOAA show that the system appears elongated.



UH geochemist searches for answers on the sea floor

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Houston) The sea floor may look barren, but Qi Fu, an experimental geochemist at the University of Houston, says there are places where it is teeming with life. Fu has received a five-year, $516,575 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to pursue the study of how organic compounds are formed in hydrothermal environments on the sea floor.



Hawai'i researchers receive funds to forecast coral disease across Pacific Ocean

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Hawaii at Manoa) Researchers at University of Hawai'i at Manoa's Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) were recently awarded a $1.026 million grant from NASA to develop coral disease forecasting models for Hawai'i, US-affiliated Pacific Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef.



NASA looks at extreme Florida rainfall by satellite

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Extremely heavy rain has recently fallen over Florida and the Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM mission core satellite looked at that some of that rainfall on June 7. Rainfall records were broken on that date as the GPM satellite passed overhead from space.



Finding new homes won't help Emperor penguins cope with climate change

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Unlike other species that migrate successfully to escape the wrath of climate change, a new study shows that dispersal may help sustain global Emperor penguin populations for a limited time, but, as sea ice conditions continue to deteriorate, the 54 colonies that exist today will face devastating declines by the end of this century.



Indonesia makes its fishing fleet visible to the world through Global Fishing Watch

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Global Fishing Watch) The second largest fishing nation becomes first to publicly share government-owned vessel monitoring system data. Visible on the Global Fishing Watch public mapping platform, the data reveals commercial fishing where it had previously been invisible to the public and other nations. The bold move by Indonesia marks a victory for transparency in one of the most opaque industries in the world, prone to illegal activity that directly impacts the global economy and the environment.