It’s spring in D.C. and time for NOSB! Finals that is. All around the “NOSB nation,” dedicated and determined high school students who won their regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl competitions are preparing for the 21st annual national Finals competition that kicks off in just over two weeks. I’m looking forward to heading to Boulder, Colorado, where our hosts at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulderare busy preparing for the arrival of all 23 teams on April 19.
The 2018 theme, Our Ocean Shaping Weather, has proved timely, as the U.S. dealt with one of the most active hurricane seasons on record, damaging wildfires, and repetitive blizzards and nor’easters, and the term bomb cyclone became a household phrase (at least on the East Coast). This topic strives to link the ocean and atmosphere in people’s minds, and our ability to better understand the complex coupling of these two fluids holds an important key to improvements in future predictive capability for our composite Earth system.
We’re not the only ones bringing the ocean science and atmospheric communities together. Our colleagues at the American Meteorological Society are hosting a forum this month, Connecting Science and Technology with Business and Public Policy, to examine policy issues across the water, weather, and climate sciences. Several ocean topics and speakers from COL organizations will be featured. From high schoolers to congressional leaders to members of the scientific community, we’re all working together to better understand our ocean and its impact on the weather we experience every day all across the world.
RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.)
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Ice Cores Show Greenland’s Melting Is Unprecedented In At Least Four Centuries
Scientists who crossed western Greenland with a fleet of snowmobiles, pulling up long cylinders of ice at camps a little more than a mile above sea level, have found evidence that the vast sheet of ice is melting faster than at any time in the past 450 years at least — and possibly much longer than that. That’s worrisome, because the snow that has fallen on the island over millennia — now compacted into ice — could raise sea levels by 20 feet if it completely melted. The new research, by scientists at Dartmouth College and three other U.S. universities (Boise State University, University of Alaska at Fairbanks and University of Maine), captures how unusual these levels of Greenland melt are in the context of recent Earth history.
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