Oceans
Explaining the Tiger Stripes of Enceladus  ASTRO WATCH · 1 day
Saturn's tiny, frozen moon Enceladus is a strange place. Just 300 miles across, the moon is thought to have an outer shell of ice... more
Salmon lose diversity in managed rivers, reducing resilience to environmental change  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
The manipulation of rivers in California is jeopardizing the resilience of native Chinook salmon. It compresses their migration timing to the point that they crowd their... more
Salmon lose diversity in managed rivers, reducing resilience to environmental change  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The manipulation of rivers in California is jeopardizing the resilience of native Chinook salmon. It compresses their migration timing to the point that they crowd their... more
Image: Baltic blooms  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the green algae blooms swirling around the Baltic Sea. more
Amid the wasteland of the Salton Sea, a miraculous but challenging oasis is born  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
It came as a bittersweet surprise to biologists and government agencies monitoring the steadily shrinking Salton Sea's slide toward death... more
The limits of ocean heavyweights: Prey curb whales' gigantic size  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Scientists collected data from hundreds of feeding whales, allowing them to determine how much energy species of different sizes invest to capture their prey and which of these... more
CryoSat maps ice shelf on the move  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
It is now almost 10 years since ESA's CryoSat was launched. Throughout its decade in orbit, this novel satellite, which carries a radar altimeter to measure changes in the height of the world's ice,... more
Microplastics 1 million times more abundant in the ocean than previously thought  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Nothing seems safe from plastic contamination. A new study by NSF-funded researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography suggests there could be a million... more
Baltic blooms  ESA · 2 days
Image: The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the green algae blooms swirling around the Baltic Sea.'Algae bloom' is the term used to describe the rapid multiplying of phytoplankton – microscopic marine... more
Earth from Space: Gotland Baltic blooms  ESA · 2 days
Video: 00:00:00 In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, Copernicus Sentinel-2 takes us over the green algae blooms swirling around the... more
CryoSat maps ice shelf on the move  ESA · 2 days
It is now almost 10 years since ESA’s CryoSat was launched. Throughout its decade in orbit, this novel satellite, which carries a... more
Fighting climate change, protecting nature go hand in hand  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The preservation of Earth's pristine wildernesses and oceans, long treated as a separate issue to curbing climate change, is taking on more importance as scientists say they really need to... more
Climate cycles and insect pests drive migration timing of reindeer's North American cousin  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Biologists have discovered two unexpected drivers for migration timing that dispute long-held assumptions and provide insight into potential future effects of climate... more
Ocean microbes: Novel study underscores microbial individuality  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
A single drop of seawater can contain a wide representation of ocean microbes from around the world -- revealing novel insights into the ecology, evolution and biotechnology potential of the global microbiome. more
The limits of ocean heavyweights: Prey curb whales' gigantic size  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
At 100 feet long and weighing more than 100 tons, blue whales are the largest creatures to have evolved on the planet. Other whales, like killer whales, are... more
Novel study underscores microbial individuality  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A single drop of seawater can contain a wide representation of ocean microbes from around the world—revealing novel insights into the ecology, evolution and biotechnology potential of the global microbiome. A new publication in Cell reports a staggering... more
Harnessing nature's defences against tsunamis  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
As sea levels rise and adverse weather events become more common, vulnerable coastal communities are at increasing risk of devastation from storm surges and tsunamis. The death toll from tsunamis, at 260,000 during the past century, was higher... more
Mass extinction of land and sea biodiversity 250 million years ago not simultaneous  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Some 250 million years ago, simultaneous mass extinctions of marine and terrestrial life occurred in an event known as the End-Permian. Or... more
Researchers on the hunt for the 'pupping ground'  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The waters off the southern tip of Cat Island, Bahamas are one of the last remaining strongholds for oceanic whitetip sharks. more
Mammoth field fires up Norway's oil industry  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Under yellow metal legs stretching beneath the sea, billions of dollars lie buried. As the world tries hard to halt global warming, a huge oil field breathes new life into Norway's oil sector. more
NASA's Operation IceBridge completes 11 years of polar surveys  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
For eleven years from 2009 through 2019, the planes of NASA's Operation IceBridge flew above the Arctic, Antarctic and Alaska, gathering data on the height, depth, thickness, flow and change... more
Stepwise Earth oxygenation is an inherent property of global biogeochemical cycling  Science Magazine · 3 days
Oxygenation of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans occurred across three major steps during the Paleoproterozoic, Neoproterozoic, and Paleozoic eras, with each increase having profound consequences for the... more
Scientists link decline of baltic cod to hypoxia -- and climate change  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
If you want to know how climate change and hypoxia -- the related loss of oxygen in the world's oceans -- affect fish species... more
Researchers develop first mathematical proof for key law of turbulence in fluid mechanics  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
What if engineers could design a better jet with mathematical equations that drastically reduce the need for experimental testing? Or what if... more
Mid-Holocene Northern Hemisphere warming driven by Arctic amplification  Science Magazine · 4 days
The Holocene thermal maximum was characterized by strong summer solar heating that substantially increased the summertime temperature relative to preindustrial climate. However, the summer warming was compensated by weaker winter insolation, and... more
There's a new squid in town  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Researchers in OIST's Molecular Genetics Unit, in collaboration with a researcher from Australia, have identified a new species of bobtail squid inhabiting Okinawa's waters -- dubbed Euprymna brenneri. The scientists' findings, published in Communications Biology, highlight... more
Study to help manage shark populations in Pacific Panama  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Sharks play a critical role in keeping oceans healthy, balancing the food chain and ensuring species diversity. However, the demand for shark derivatives has led to their exploitation, often without... more
Eutrophication remains a major problem for Europe's seas despite some progress  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The shared vision for Europe's seas is a healthy marine environment where human-induced eutrophication is minimised. However, the European Environment Agency's (EEA) assessment, published today, shows... more
Why polar bears at sea have higher pollution levels than those staying on land  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
As the climate changes, myriad animal populations are being impacted. In particular, Arctic sea-ice is in decline, causing polar bears... more
Scientists link decline of baltic cod to hypoxia—and climate change  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
If you want to know how climate change and hypoxia—the related loss of oxygen in the world's oceans—affect fish species such as the economically important Baltic cod, all... more
Study maps abundance of plastic debris across European and Asian rivers  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Rivers in southeast Asia transport more plastic to the ocean than some rivers in Europe, evidence from a new study in Environmental Research Letters suggests. more
Record low level of Bering Sea ice causes profound, widespread impacts  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Sea ice in the Bering Sea shrank to its lowest levels in recorded history in 2018, profoundly affecting northwest Alaska residents who depend on marine resources... more
Gold and Jewels Found on Minoan Island Devoted to the Color Purple  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
A storehouse of ancient treasures, including precious jewels and gold beads, has been uncovered by archaeologists on an island near Crete devoted to making... more
Estimates of commercial fish biomass from DNA traces in seawater  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A new study published by scientists from the Faroese Marine Research Institute reveals that traces of DNA left behind in seawater can be used to predict the biomass... more
Why polar bears at sea have higher pollution levels than those staying on land  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
As the climate changes, myriad animal populations are being impacted. In particular, Arctic sea-ice is in decline, causing polar bears... more
Arctic has one of warmest years, raising fears over rising sea levels  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The Arctic has experienced its second warmest year since 1900, according to a report published Tuesday, raising fears over low summer sea ice and... more
Key to helping southern sea otter is in repopulating estuaries such as San Francisco Bay  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The picture of sea otters frolicking among kelp beds and rocky shoals has become an iconic image of... more
Could dark carbon be hiding the true scale of ocean 'dead zones'?  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
The impact of climate change on the world's oceans is becoming increasingly known but new research suggests current computer models could be omitting a... more
Could we cool the Earth with an ice-free Arctic?  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The Arctic region is heating up faster than any other place on Earth, and as more and more sea ice is lost every year, we are already feeling the impacts.... more
Could we cool Earth with an ice-free Arctic?  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
The Arctic region is heating up faster than any other place on Earth, and as more and more sea ice is lost every year, we are already feeling the impacts. Researchers explored... more
Enceladus’ Tiger Stripes Finally Explained  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Saturn’s 300-mile- (500 km) diameter moon Enceladus is thought to have an outer ice shell covering a liquid water ocean. Slashed across the moon’s south pole... more
Could dark carbon be hiding the true scale of ocean 'dead zones'?  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
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 · 5 days
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 · 6 days
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 · 6 days
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 · 6 days
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 · 6 days
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 · 6 days
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 · 7 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 · 7 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
Huge waves and disease turn Marshall Islands into 'war zone,' health official says  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The level of alarm is already high in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, as the Pacific island nation struggles with rising... more
Stormquakes: Powerful storms cause seafloor tremors  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Stormquakes are a recently discovered phenomenon characterized by seismic activity originating at the ocean floor due to powerful storms. more
Move over Jules Verne: Scientists deploy ocean floats to peer into Earth's interior  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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
Lights on fishing nets save turtles and dolphins  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Placing lights on fishing nets reduces the chances of sea turtles and dolphins being caught by accident, new research shows. more
Research reveals past rapid Antarctic ice loss due to ocean warming  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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
Understanding the impact of deep-sea mining  MIT · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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
Can Arctic 'ice management' combat climate change?  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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
California must act now to prepare for sea level rise, state lawmakers say  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A special committee of California lawmakers gathered Tuesday, for the first time in five years, to discuss sea level rise and what... more
Sentinel-6: charting sea level  ESA · 1 week
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
New 35-year satellite data record charts sea-temperature change  ESA · 1 week
Four trillion satellite measurements, taken over four decades from 1981 to 2018, have been merged to create a continuous global... more
Contamination by metals can increase metabolic stress in mussels  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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
New eDNA tool research helps scientists find deep sea corals  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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
Whales may owe their efficient digestion to millions of tiny microbes  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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
Half-million crabs killed by plastic debris on remote islands  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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
Seal takes ocean heat transport data to new depths  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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
Lights on fishing nets save turtles and dolphins  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Placing lights on fishing nets reduces the chances of sea turtles and dolphins being caught by accident, new research shows. more
Video: Sentinel-6 mission  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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
Sentinel-6 Mission  ESA · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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
NASA sees Tropical Storm 06A maintaining strength  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's Aqua satellite found some powerful storms in Tropical Storm 06A as it moved through the Arabian Sea toward Somalia. more
How do world's smallest sea turtles become stranded in Cape Cod?  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
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 · 2 weeks
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 finds wind shear battering tropical cyclone 07A  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
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 · 2 weeks
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
Researchers decipher small Dead Sea mammal's vocal communication  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
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 · 2 weeks
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
Subsiding air parcels are among the causes of hot spells  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
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
Study finds direct links between old carbon, graphite and seafloor hydrothermal vents  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
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 · 2 weeks
When dying birds and sea lions wash up by the dozens on Southern California beaches, David Caron's phone starts ringing. more
Researchers discover a new, young volcano in the Pacific  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
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
Within sight of New York City, an old-growth forest faces storms and sea-level rise  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Bounding the southern approach to New York harbor, New Jersey's low, narrow Sandy Hook peninsula is home to an extremely... more
Great Barrier Reef study shows how reef copes with rapid sea-level rise  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
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
For some corals, meals can come with a side of microplastics  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
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 · 2 weeks
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  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
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
NASA-NOAA satellite finds development of tropical cyclone 06A  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
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
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