During and after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, natural resource trustee agencies collected thousands of samples across broad regions of the northern Gulf of Mexico. These samples supported the spill response and the natural resource damage assessment.
As climatologists closely monitor the impact of human activity on the world’s oceans, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found yet another worrying trend impacting the health of the Pacific Ocean.
Seawater salinity depends largely on how much moisture is evaporated as winds sweep over the ocean. But pinpointing where the moisture rains back down is a complicated question scientists have long contended with. Scientists have now found a potential path to better seasonal rainfall predictions. Their study shows a clear link between higher sea surface salinity levels in the North Atlantic and increased rainfall on land in the African Sahel.
A global warming spiral shows 165 years of climate change in a stunning new animation. This newly produced GIF displays how our planet has grown warmer since the middle of the 19th century.
Iron can be hard to hard to come by in open marine waters — except each summer, when atmospherically transported dust from north Africa’s Sahara Desert provides pulses of biologically important nutrients, including iron, to the tropical marine waters of the Caribbean and southeastern US. Researchers found Vibrio bacteria respond rapidly to this influx of iron-rich Saharan dust, leading to large blooms of the potentially harmful bacteria.
This 242-million-year-old creature swam the seas before most dinosaurs roamed the planet. It’s the oldest known marine reptile to feast exclusively on plants. And its mouth is full of mysteries.
The U.S. Department of State and Georgetown University are co-hosting the Our Ocean, One Future Leadership Summit, which will take place on September 15-16, 2016 at Georgetown University.
Hong Kong’s iconic marine mammals face serious threats, although conservationists are fighting for them.
Researchers have shown for the first time that some corals surviving bleaching events can acquire and host new types of algae from their environment, which may make the coral more heat-tolerant and enhance their recovery.
Ever since a sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) head-butted and sunk a whaler’s ship in 1821, whalers and scientists have theorized that the mammals’ uniquely boxy foreheads might be adapted for use as battering rams.
New U.S. IOOS Ocean Enterprise Industry Study: Report details $7 billion in U.S. economic activities related to collection, use of ocean data.
The earliest instrumental records of Earth’s climate, as measured by thermometers and other tools, start in the 1850s. To look further back in time, scientists investigate air bubbles trapped in ice cores, which expands the window to less than a million years.