Oceans
Could dark carbon be hiding the true scale of ocean 'dead zones'?  PHYS.ORG · 3 hours
Dead zones within the world's oceans—where there is almost no oxygen to sustain life—could be expanding far quicker than currently thought, a new study... more
When penguins ruled after dinosaurs died  PHYS.ORG · 11 hours
What waddled on land but swam supremely in subtropical seas more than 60 million years ago, after the dinosaurs were wiped out on sea and land? more
480-million-year-old fossils reveal sea lilies' ancient roots  PHYS.ORG · 17 hours
Sea lilies, despite their name, aren't plants. They're animals related to starfish and sea urchins, with long feathery arms resting atop a stalk that keeps them anchored to the ocean floor. Sea lilies have... more
NASA examines Tropical Cyclone Belna's water vapor concentration  PHYS.ORG · 17 hours
When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean, water vapor data provided information about the intensity of Tropical Cyclone Belna. more
Volcano F is the origin of 'floating stones'  PHYS.ORG · 17 hours
Stones do not float in water—this is a truism. But there is hardly a rule without exception. In fact, some volcanic eruptions produce a very porous type of rock with a density... more
How Enceladus got its stripes  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
Saturn's icy moon Enceladus is of great interest to scientists due to its subsurface ocean, making it a prime target for those searching for life elsewhere. New research led by Carnegie's Doug Hemingway reveals the physics governing the... more
Indian Ocean island Mayotte lifts cyclone red alert  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Officials on the small Indian Ocean island of Mayotte said Sunday they had lifted the red alert in place for Cyclone Belna, after it brushed past the French territory. more
Adventurers cross Arctic Ocean on skis despite thinning ice  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Two adventurers have successfully crossed the Arctic Ocean on skis after persevering through brutal conditions, briefly running out of food, and struggling to traverse thin ice caused by global warming,... more
Indian Ocean island Mayotte on cyclone alert  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Hopes rose Sunday on the small French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte, which has been on red alert for the arrival of Cyclone Belna, that a last-minute change of course might limit the damage. more
Move over Jules Verne: Scientists deploy ocean floats to peer into Earth's interior  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The release of more than 50 floating sensors, called Mobile Earthquake Recording in Marine Areas by Independent Divers (MERMAIDs), is increasing the... more
Scientists have spotted new compounds with herbicidal potential from sea fungus  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Scientists at the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) and the G.B. Elyakov Pacific Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry (FEB RAS) together with German colleagues spotted six new... more
Stormquakes: Powerful storms cause seafloor tremors  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Stormquakes are a recently discovered phenomenon characterized by seismic activity originating at the ocean floor due to powerful storms. more
Huge waves and disease turn Marshall Islands into 'war zone,' health official says  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The level of alarm is already high in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, as the Pacific island nation struggles with rising... more
Lights on fishing nets save turtles and dolphins  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Placing lights on fishing nets reduces the chances of sea turtles and dolphins being caught by accident, new research shows. more
Understanding the impact of deep-sea mining  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Resting atop Thomas Peacock's desk is an ordinary-looking brown rock. Roughly the size of a potato, it has been at the center of decades of debate. Known as a polymetallic nodule, it spent 10 million years... more
35-year data record charts sea-temperature change  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Four trillion satellite measurements, taken over four decades from 1981 to 2018, have been merged to create a continuous global record that will help to understand the science behind Earth's climate. more
Research reveals past rapid Antarctic ice loss due to ocean warming  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
New research from the University of Otago has found the sensitive West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapsed during a warming period just over a million years ago... more
Understanding the impact of deep-sea mining  MIT · 4 days
Mining materials from the sea floor could help secure a low-carbon future, but researchers are racing to understand the environmental effects. more
Academy scientists describe 71 new species in 2019  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
In 2019, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 71 new plant and animal species to our family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth's complex web of life and strengthening our... more
35-year data record charts sea-temperature change  ESA · 5 days
Four trillion satellite measurements, taken over four decades from 1981 to 2018, have been merged to create a continuous global record that will help... more
NASA analyzes Kammuri's heavy rainfall  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA provided analyses of Typhoon Kammuri's heavy rainfall on its track through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean using the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite. more
NASA tracking Tropical Storm 06A through Arabian Sea  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Arabian Sea and captured a visible image of Tropical Storm 06A, now renamed Tropical Storm Pawan. more
California must act now to prepare for sea level rise, state lawmakers say  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A special committee of California lawmakers gathered Tuesday, for the first time in five years, to discuss sea level rise and what... more
Can Arctic 'ice management' combat climate change?  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
According to a much-debated geo-engineering approach, both sea-ice retreat and global warming could be slowed by using millions of wind-powered pumps, drifting in the sea ice, to promote ice formation during the Arctic winter. more
Can Arctic 'ice management' combat climate change?  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
According to a much-debated geo-engineering approach, both sea-ice retreat and global warming could be slowed by using millions of wind-powered pumps, drifting in the sea ice, to promote ice formation during the Arctic winter.... more
New 35-year satellite data record charts sea-temperature change  ESA · 5 days
Four trillion satellite measurements, taken over four decades from 1981 to 2018, have been merged to create a continuous global... more
Sentinel-6: charting sea level  ESA · 5 days
Video: 00:05:20 In a cleanroom in Ottobrunn, Germany, the latest Copernicus Sentinel satellite is ready for final testing before it is packed up and shipped to the US... more
Seal takes ocean heat transport data to new depths  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The Antarctic Circumpolar Current flows in a loop around Antarctica, connecting the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. It is one of the most significant ocean currents in our climate system... more
Video: Sentinel-6 mission  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
In a cleanroom in Ottobrunn, Germany, the latest Copernicus Sentinel satellite is ready for final testing before it is packed up and shipped to the US for liftoff next year. Designed and built to chart changing sea level, it is... more
Whales may owe their efficient digestion to millions of tiny microbes  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A study by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) shows that the microbial communities inside whales may play an important role in the digestion of... more
Contamination by metals can increase metabolic stress in mussels  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A study of six beaches in the coastal city of Guarujá in São Paulo state (Southeast Brazil) suggests that urbanization may be a source of stress not only for humans... more
Lights on fishing nets save turtles and dolphins  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Placing lights on fishing nets reduces the chances of sea turtles and dolphins being caught by accident, new research shows. more
Half-million crabs killed by plastic debris on remote islands  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
In the first study of its kind, an IMAS-led research team estimates that around 570 000 hermit crabs have been killed on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean... more
New eDNA tool research helps scientists find deep sea corals  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Curtin University researchers have developed a promising new toolkit for monitoring threatened coral ecosystems by analyzing environmental DNA (eDNA) extracted from waters off the coast of the Cocos... more
Sentinel-6 Mission  ESA · 5 days
Video: 00:05:20 In a cleanroom in Ottobrunn, Germany, the latest Copernicus Sentinel satellite is ready for final testing before it is packed up and shipped to the US for liftoff next year.... more
New projection: Faster rising seas forecast in South Florida  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
New scientific projections released Wednesday predict that ocean levels will rise even faster than previously forecast over the next four decades in low-lying southeastern Florida, which is already prone to... more
Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no... more
How do world's smallest sea turtles become stranded in Cape Cod?  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A computational analysis has surfaced new insights into the wind and water conditions that cause Kemp's ridley sea turtles to become stranded on beaches in Cape... more
How do world's smallest sea turtles become stranded in Cape Cod?  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A computational analysis has surfaced new insights into the wind and water conditions that cause Kemp's ridley sea turtles to become stranded on beaches in Cape... more
NASA sees Tropical Storm 06A maintaining strength  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NASA's Aqua satellite found some powerful storms in Tropical Storm 06A as it moved through the Arabian Sea toward Somalia. more
Researchers decipher small Dead Sea mammal's vocal communication  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
In nature social living is strongly connected to the ability to communicate with others. Maintaining social ties and coordinating with group mates require frequent communication. Therefore, complex social systems are usually associated... more
The polar regions in a 2{degrees}C warmer world  Science Magazine · 6 days
Over the past decade, the Arctic has warmed by 0.75°C, far outpacing the global average, while Antarctic temperatures have remained comparatively stable. As Earth approaches 2°C warming, the Arctic and Antarctic may... more
NASA finds wind shear battering tropical cyclone 07A  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NASA's Aqua satellite found that wind shear was tearing at Tropical Storm 07A in the Arabian Sea. more
Suomi NPP satellite finds Kammuri weakening in South China Sea  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the South China Sea and provided forecasters with a visible image of Tropical Storm Kammuri on Dec. 4. more
Study finds direct links between old carbon, graphite and seafloor hydrothermal vents  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
For years, researchers looking at seafloor sediments would find bits of black carbon along with organic carbon strewn across the ocean floor, but they... more
Expert discusses the harms of algal blooms  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
When dying birds and sea lions wash up by the dozens on Southern California beaches, David Caron's phone starts ringing. more
Subsiding air parcels are among the causes of hot spells  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Climate researchers have assumed that hot spells are caused by hot Mediterranean or Sahara air flowing to central Europe. Now, causes of extreme hot spells are the focus... more
Within sight of New York City, an old-growth forest faces storms and sea-level rise  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Bounding the southern approach to New York harbor, New Jersey's low, narrow Sandy Hook peninsula is home to an extremely... more
Researchers discover a new, young volcano in the Pacific  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Researchers from Tohoku University have discovered a new petit-spot volcano at the oldest section of the Pacific Plate. The research team, led by Associate Professor Naoto Hirano of the Center... more
For some corals, meals can come with a side of microplastics  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Tiny microplastic particles are about as common in the ocean today as plastic is in our daily lives. more
NASA finds second tropical system develops in Arabian Sea  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Tropical Storm 07A has developed in the eastern Arabian Sea, one day after Tropical Storm 06A developed in the western part of the sea. Infrared imagery from an instrument aboard... more
Great Barrier Reef study shows how reef copes with rapid sea-level rise  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
A survey of coral reef cores on the Great Barrier Reef has revealed how it has responded to recent periods of rapid sea-level rise.... more
NASA-NOAA satellite finds development of tropical cyclone 06A  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Imagery from NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite showed that a tropical depression in the Arabian Sea has consolidated and organized despite facing wind shear. Tropical Depression 06A is now Tropical Cyclone 06A. more
Great Barrier Reef study shows how reef copes with rapid sea-level rise  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
A new study into the recent history of the Great Barrier Reef has shown how it responds to rapid sea-level rise and other environmental... more
Earth's temperature likely marks hottest decade on record: report  REUTERS · 7 days
The past decade is almost certain to be the hottest on record, weather experts warned on Tuesday, painting... more
Drone images show Greenland ice sheet becoming more unstable as it fractures  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
The world's second-largest ice sheet, and the single largest contributor to global sea-level rise, is potentially becoming unstable because of fractures developing in response... more
Compound eyes: The visual apparatus of today's horseshoe crabs goes back 400 million years  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
The extinct sea scorpion species Jaekelopterus rhenaniae had eyes comparable to those of today's horseshoe crabs. The two-and-a-half-meter predator was... more
Rezone marine parks to better conserve sharks  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
A lack of habitat protection is hindering our ability to manage the conservation of endangered open-ocean sharks in Australian waters, according to new research by The University of Western Australia. more
Finnish rivers transport carbon to Baltic Sea at an increasing rate  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
The amount of carbon transported via Finnish rivers to the Baltic Sea has risen substantially in the past few decades. The researchers don't know the exact... more
Compound eyes: The visual apparatus of today's horseshoe crabs goes back 400 million years  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
The eyes of the extinct sea scorpion Jaekelopterus rhenaniae have the same structure as the eyes of modern horseshoe crabs... more
When reefs die, parrotfish thrive  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
In contrast to most other species, reef-dwelling parrotfish populations boom in the wake of severe coral bleaching. The surprise finding came when researchers looked at fish populations in severely bleached areas of two reefs -- the Great Barrier... more
Finnish rivers transport carbon to the Baltic Sea at an increasing rate  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
The amount of carbon transported via Finnish rivers to the Baltic Sea has risen substantially in the past few decades. This was found in... more
Atlantic haven is a test bed for planet's sickly oceans  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Clad in diving gear or oilskins and gumboots, a team of scientists and activists spent weeks in the South Atlantic, enduring storms and choppy seas to check up... more
In Spain, how nutrients poisoned one of Europe's largest saltwater lagoons  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
"I am in love with this sea. I live for it and I live off it. If they took it away from me, I would die,"... more
Mystery of how early animals survived ice age  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
How did life survive the most severe ice age? A team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to eukaryotes during Snowball Earth, when the oceans... more
Drone images show Greenland ice sheet becoming more unstable as it fractures  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The world's second-largest ice sheet, and the single largest contributor to global sea-level rise, is potentially becoming unstable because of fractures developing in response... more
Research unravels mystery of how early animals survived ice age  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
How did life survive the most severe ice age? A McGill University-led research team has found the first direct evidence that glacial meltwater provided a crucial lifeline to... more
Satellite imagery shows Typhoon Kammuri's center obscured  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP or S-NPP satellite passed over the Philippine Sea in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and found Typhoon Kammuri's eye obscured. more
MBL team images the bacterial hitchhikers on plastic trash in ocean  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Millions of tons of plastic trash are fouling the world's ocean, most of it tiny pieces of microplastic less than a quarter-inch in size. Even the... more
Antarctica's thinning ice shelves causing more ice to move from land into sea  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
New study provides the first evidence that thinning ice shelves around Antarctica are causing more ice to move from the land into... more
Bacterial communities 'hitchhiking' on marine plastic trash  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Using an innovative microscopy method, scientists have revealed the structure of the microbial communities coating microplastic trash collected from a variety of ocean sites. more
The Eurasian Continent remembers and amplifies cold waves as the Arctic warms  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Cold waves triggered by sea ice loss in the Arctic are memorized in the Eurasian Continent, amplifying cooling in the winters to follow, according... more
International project aims to sequence the 'DNA' of the Arctic Ocean  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The University of East Anglia (UEA) is leading a pioneering international project to sequence the DNA of marine microbes in the Arctic Ocean. more
Divers of the past: Plesiosaur research reveals rapid increase of blood cell size  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In the Mesozoic era, about 250 to 65 million years ago a large number of reptiles populated the oceans. The most successful... more
New maps of salinity reveal the impact of climate variability on oceans  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Since the saltiness of ocean surface waters is a key variable in the climate system, understanding how this changes is important to understanding climate... more
Antarctic ice sheets could be at greater risk of melting than previously thought  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Heat from the landmass beneath the Antarctic ice sheet is a major contributor to the way that glaciers melt and flow—and their... more
Scientists race to document Puerto Rico's coastal heritage  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A group of U.S.-based scientists is rushing to document indigenous sites along Puerto Rico's coast dating back a couple of thousand years before rising sea levels linked to climate change destroy a... more
Warming toll: 1 degree hotter, trillions of tons of ice gone  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Since leaders first started talking about tackling the problem of climate change, the world has spewed more heat-trapping gases, gotten hotter and suffered hundreds of extreme... more
New maps of salinity reveal the impact of climate variability on oceans  ESA · 1 week
Since the saltiness of ocean surface waters is a key variable in the climate system, understanding how this changes is important to understanding climate... more
Space is key to monitoring ocean acidification  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
This week, the UN World Meteorological Organization announced that concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached yet another high. This ongoing trend is not only heating up the planet, but also affecting... more
Contagious cancers in the oceans much more common than once thought  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Researchers have found that a type of cancer affecting shellfish is spreading across the Atlantic Ocean and spilling into the Pacific Ocean as well. The study... more
Illuminating seafloor faults and ocean dynamics with dark fiber distributed acoustic sensing  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Distributed fiber-optic sensing technology coupled to existing subsea cables (dark fiber) allows observation of ocean and solid earth phenomena. We used an optical fiber... more
Underwater telecom cables make superb seismic network  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Fiber-optic cables that constitute a global undersea telecommunications network could one day help scientists study offshore earthquakes and the geologic structures hidden deep beneath the ocean surface. more
Space is key to monitoring ocean acidification  ESA · 2 weeks
This week, the UN World Meteorological Organization announced that concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached yet another high. This... more
Indo-Pacific Ocean warming is changing global rainfall patterns  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
New research by NOAA and a visiting scientist from India shows that warming of the Indo-Pacific Ocean is altering rainfall patterns from the tropics to the United States, contributing to declines in... more
Animals could help humans monitor oceans  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Sharks, penguins, turtles and other seagoing species could help humans monitor the oceans by transmitting oceanographic information from electronic tags. more
Antarctic environmental change and biological responses  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Antarctica and the surrounding Southern Ocean are facing complex environmental change. Their native biota has adapted to the region’s extreme conditions over many millions of years. This unique biota is now challenged by environmental change and... more
Oyster deaths: American slipper limpet is innocent  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Natural history collections are unique archives of biodiversity. They document how living things transform over time and what effects aspects like climate change or other man-made environmental changes have on their distribution. A good... more
Integrating climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation in the global ocean  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
The impacts of climate change and the socioecological challenges they present are ubiquitous and increasingly severe. Practical efforts to operationalize climate-responsive design and management in the global network... more
NASA-NOAA satellite finds tropical storm Kammuri strengthening  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over Tropical Storm Kammuri in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and found several areas of very strong thunderstorms. more
Photoferrotrophy, deposition of banded iron formations, and methane production in Archean oceans  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Banded iron formation (BIF) deposition was the likely result of oxidation of ferrous iron in seawater by either oxygenic photosynthesis or iron-dependent anoxygenic photosynthesis—photoferrotrophy.... more
NASA embarks on five US expeditions targeting air, land and sea  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA is sending five airborne campaigns across the United States in 2020 to investigate fundamental processes that ultimately impact human lives and the environment, from snowstorms... more
Massive Tsunami Hit Northern Coast of Oman 1,000 Years Ago: Study  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Sedimentological evidence and archaeological data show that huge tsunami hit the coast of today’s... more
New modeling will shed light on policy decisions' effect on migration from sea level rise  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new modeling approach can help researchers, policymakers and the public better understand how policy decisions will influence... more
Using the power of microwaves to recycle plastics  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Despite continued efforts to reduce plastic waste, only a fraction of it is recycled. For example, less than 30 percent of plastic waste is recycled in the EU. Some of it is... more
Chemical herders could impact oil spill cleanup  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Oil spills in the ocean can cause devastation to wildlife, so effective cleanup is a top priority. One method to clean up oil spills is by burning, which only works if the oil is... more
New modeling will shed light on policy decisions' effect on migration from sea level rise  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A new modeling approach can help researchers, policymakers and the public better understand how policy decisions will influence... more
From the stars to the ocean, Pierre-Yves Cousteau’s YGT experience  ESA · 2 weeks
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