Member Highlight: Chukchi Mooring Returns A Year Of pH Data

2017-11-06T15:52:06+00:00 November 6, 2017|

(Click to enlarge). The Chukchi Ecosystem Observatory is maintained by a multi-institutional, multi-investigator partnership that includes the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Alaska Ocean Observing System, the North Pacific Research Board, Olgoonik-Fairweather, Université Laval, and the University of Washington. On a recent research mission, University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists brought home the first [...]

A Major New U.S. Report Affirms: Climate Change Is Getting Worse

2017-11-03T14:10:42+00:00 November 3, 2017|

Climate change is real. It’s caused by greenhouse-gas pollution released by human industrial activity. Its consequences can already be felt across every region and coastline of the United States—and, unless we stop emitting greenhouse gases soon, those consequences will almost certainly get worse. Those are the headline findings of the Climate Science Special Report, a sweeping and more than 800-page examination of the evidence. The report was published Friday by four agencies of the U.S. government and academics from across the country.

Alligators Eat Sharks — And A Whole Lot More

2017-11-03T11:55:11+00:00 November 3, 2017|

Alligators don’t just stick to freshwater and the prey they find there. These crafty reptiles can live quite easily, at least for a bit, in salty waters and find plenty to eat — including crabs, sea turtles and even sharks.

To Corals, Plastic Might Taste Like Food

2017-11-03T10:08:49+00:00 November 3, 2017|

Sea turtles spot plastic bags and mistake them for jellyfish. Birds get entwined in plastic and choke to death. Corals, it turns out, could be even worse off—to them, some of the chemicals in plastic might taste like food.

Ocean Sound Waves May Reveal Location Of Incoming Objects

2017-11-02T09:06:22+00:00 November 2, 2017|

New acoustic analysis could pinpoint impacts by meteorites or possibly plane debris. The ocean can seem like an acoustically disorienting place, with muffled sounds from near and far blending together in a murky sea of noise. Now an MIT mathematician has found a way to cut through this aquatic cacaphony, to identify underwater sound waves generated by objects impacting the ocean’s surface, such as debris from meteorites or aircraft. The results are published this week in the online journal Scientific Reports.

Jon White – From the President’s Office: 10-30-2017

2017-10-30T17:02:48+00:00 October 30, 2017|

Last week, COL convened our third annual industry forum, bringing together more than 100 cross-sector stakeholders invested in this year’s topic, Rigs to Reality: Determining the Fate of Offshore Oil Platforms. While participants represented a wide spectrum of interests, from oil companies to government agencies to environmental organizations to academic institutions, all had a shared [...]

Hundreds Of Humpback Whales Are Massing In A Tiny Spot Of Ocean. Here’s Why.

2017-10-27T17:34:27+00:00 October 27, 2017|

HALIFAX, CANADA—In the fall of 1990, a few humpback whales showed up off the coast of western South Africa where they had rarely been seen before. Over the next couple years, a few more showed up, then a few more. Today, nearly 200 of the giant ocean mammals mill around a piece of ocean smaller than a U.S. football field for several months out of the year.

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