Census of Marine Life Maps an Ocean of Species

2016-06-29T10:49:50+00:00 August 3, 2009|

The first comprehensive effort to identify and catalog every species in the world's oceans, from microbes to blue whales, is a year from completion. But early discoveries have profoundly altered understanding of life beneath the sea, senior scientists say.

Dr. Nasseer Idrisi Selected As HBCU Educator at Sea

2016-06-29T10:49:51+00:00 July 30, 2009|

Dr. Nasseer Idrisi was recently selected as the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Educator at Sea to sail aboard the JOIDES Resolution (JR), the newly equipped and modernized scientific ocean drilling research vessel supported by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP).

New Predictions For Sea Level Rise

2016-06-29T10:49:51+00:00 July 29, 2009|

Fossil coral data and temperature records derived from ice-core measurements have been used to place better constraints on future sea level rise, and to test sea level projections.

A Total Ban on Whaling?

2016-06-29T10:49:52+00:00 July 24, 2009|

The International Whaling Commission is lurching from crisis to stasis, unable to impose a complete ban on whaling, yet equally unwilling to allow a formal resumption. So the IWC meets every year and watches ever more whaling ships depart from Iceland, Japan, and Norway in contravention of the spirit -- and sometimes the letter -- of its 23-year-old whaling moratorium.

Ocean Carbon Pump in Past Limited by Phosphorus

2016-06-29T10:49:59+00:00 June 27, 2009|

Today the Eastern Equatorial Pacific is the most important marine source of atmospheric carbon dioxide. That's because the low biological productivity in the region limits the amount of carbon transported to the ocean floor in dead organic matter so that it isn't enough to cancel out the carbon dioxide brought to the surface by upwelling.

VIMS Researchers Embark On Deep Sea Census

2016-06-29T10:50:01+00:00 June 22, 2009|

VIMS researchers have departed for a 6-week expedition to the deep waters of the North Atlantic as part of the Census of Marine Life, a global, 10-year study of the diversity, distribution and abundance of life in the oceans.

From the President’s Office – 6/05/09

2016-06-29T10:50:04+00:00 June 5, 2009|

Last week, the Ocean Leadership Members and Trustees gathered in Washington for their Annual Meeting.  A number of important business items were handled, most importantly, the appointment of newly elected Trustees. Joining the Board of Trustees for 3-year terms each are: Don Boesch (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science), Rob Dunbar (Stanford University), Larry [...]

Ocean Leadership Staff Member Wins Acclaimed Award

2016-06-29T10:50:05+00:00 May 26, 2009|

Washington, D.C.- The Consortium for Ocean Leadership is pleased to announce that biologist Ron O'Dor, chief science officer of its Census of Marine Life program, is the recipient of Canadian Geographic's 2009 Environmental Scientist of the Year award.

Earth’s Climate And Ocean Acidification History

2016-06-29T10:50:06+00:00 May 20, 2009|

ScienceDaily (May 19, 2009) - A scientific research cruise following the palaeo-equator has uncovered nearly 53 million years of climate and ocean acidification history. Three scientists from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton were onboa

From the President’s Office – 5/15/09

2016-06-29T10:50:07+00:00 May 15, 2009|

I was fortunate to spend last week in Hawaii celebrating the return of the ocean drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution (JR) to international operations during its port call. After more than two years of significant upgrading, the JR has impressive new science capabilities that include a refurbished sub-sea camera system, improved core handling capability, and new [...]

Antarctic Marine Biodiversity Data Online

2016-06-29T10:50:08+00:00 May 14, 2009|

A new web portal provides free and open access to information on Antarctic marine species. The SCAR-MarBIN portal lets users browse, see and search different types of data, including over 2000 photos and videos. Entries are geo-referenced so users can discover what is found where.

Drill Ship Unfolds ‘Pages of a History Book’

2016-06-29T10:50:08+00:00 May 9, 2009|

Scientists aboard the JOIDES Resolution are unlocking the earth's life story with sediment recovered from far beneath the Pacific ocean floor. The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program ship arrived Monday with core samples that date back in time to the warmest sustained "greenhouse " period on Earth — about 53 million years ago.

Ocean Carbon: A Dent in the Iron Hypothesis

2016-06-29T10:50:08+00:00 May 7, 2009|

BERKELEY, CA – Oceanographers Jim Bishop and Todd Wood of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have measured the fate of carbon particles originating in plankton blooms in the Southern Ocean, using data that deep-diving Carbon Explorer floats collected around the clock for well over a year. Their study reveals that most of the carbon from lush plankton blooms never reaches the deep ocean.

JOIDES Resolution Returns to Ocean Drilling in the Pacific Ocean

2016-06-29T10:50:09+00:00 May 1, 2009|

The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program drillship JOIDES Resolution left Honolulu in early March for a two month voyage with 29 scientists from seven nations, 25 technicians, and 66 crew from many more countries to chart the detailed climate history during the first of two voyages of the "Pacific Equatorial Age Transect". This was the first international scientific drilling expedition after the JOIDES Resolution underwent a multi-year, more than $100 million U.S. dollar transformation into a 21st century floating science laboratory.

Scientific Drilling Vessel Returns to Work After Major Overhaul – JOIDES Resolution Currently on Expedition in Pacific

2016-06-29T10:50:11+00:00 April 29, 2009|

(Washington, DC) – The JOIDES Resolution (JR) has returned to international operations and will make its scheduled Port Call in Honolulu, Hawaii May 5-9, 2009. An international team of scientists will have completed the first of two eight-week Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) expeditions to the Equatorial Pacific ocean.

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