With marine biologists and ‘citizen scientists’ across the planet, Ocean Sampling Day gives researchers the largest snapshot of data of its kind
There is a broad recognition that the oceans, which absorb approximately 90% of excess greenhouse gas energy, are key not only to how fast the planet will warm, but also how hot it will get in the end.
Science is often a reflection of those who came before us, who gave direction to the advancements of the present. Dr. Walter Munk is such a figure, who, since coming to Scripps Institution of Oceanography 75 years ago as a young doctoral student, has become one of the world’s most highly respected oceanographers, as well as a global ambassador for science.
The Simons Foundation awarded the School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology $40 million to continue its ocean and marine research.
A quarter-century ago, American oceanographer Henry Stommel imagined a world where thousands of autonomous underwater robots roamed the seas, collecting masses of vital raw data for scientists who sat snug on dry land.
A brand-new research vessel is buoying the hopes of US oceanographers. In the first week of June, the University of Alaska Fairbanks plans to take possession of the RV Sikuliaq, a US$200-million, 80-metre ship that is currently floating in the Great Lakes.
A new illustration of the seafloor, created by two of the world’s leading ocean floor mapping experts that details underwater terrain where the missing Malaysia Airlines flight might be located, could shed additional light on what type of underwater vehicles might be used to find the missing airplane and where any debris from the crash might lie.
The graphic to the right is a visualization of more than 4,700 of the submersible Alvin‘s dives, over the last 5 decades (click it to view a larger version). I made it to get a better understanding of what a ‘typical’ Alvin dive might be—as you can see, there turned out to be quite a range.
A 70-foot wave is a terrifying wall of water that only the best surfers can ride. But it’s a midget compared with the colossal and mysterious waves that lurk under the ocean’s surface.
University of Southampton oceanographer is working with experts from around the globe to warn against lasting damage to the deep-ocean, caused by fishing, oil and gas development, industrial-scale mining, waste disposal and land-based pollution.