Member Highlight: Meet The Machines That Could Unlock The Ocean’s Deepest Secrets

2019-06-17T12:39:52+00:00 June 17, 2019|

(Credit: NOAA/PIFSC/HMSRP) These autonomous subsea robots may someday predict storms, detect oil leaks, locate shipwrecks, and slow down climate change. (From Popular Mechanics/ By Stav Dimitropoulos) -- In 2016, the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a global competition sponsored by Royal Dutch Shell plc, announced it would dole out $7 million to the technologies [...]

Member Highlight: Artificial Reefs Off NC Coast May Be Havens For Tropical Fish On The Move

2019-05-21T15:36:11+00:00 May 21, 2019|

(Credit: Dr. Dwayne Meadows, NOAA/NMFS/OPR) (From Duke University/ By Tim Lucas) -- Tropical and subtropical fish are taking up residence on shipwrecks and other sunken structures off the North Carolina coast. This pattern may continue or even accelerate in coming years given predictions of warming oceans under climate change, a new study co-led [...]

Member Highlight: Lionfish Genes Studied For Clues To Invasive Prowess

2019-05-20T13:43:47+00:00 May 13, 2019|

(Credit: David Clode/Unsplash) (From North Carolina State University/ By Mick Kulikowski) -- What makes the red lionfish (Pterois volitans) such a successful and powerful invader in Atlantic Ocean waters compared to its rather lamblike existence in its native Pacific Ocean? A new North Carolina State University study examining two native lionfish regions in [...]

Member Highlight: Carbon Dioxide From Silicon Valley Affects The Chemistry Of Monterey Bay

2019-04-29T14:19:05+00:00 April 29, 2019|

(Credit: Katie Holmes/NOAA) (From Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute / By Kim Fulton-Bennett) -- MBARI researchers recently measured high concentrations of carbon dioxide in air blowing out to sea from cities and agricultural areas, including Silicon Valley. In a new paper in PLOS ONE, they calculate that this previously undocumented process could increase [...]

Albany High School Sails to Victory in 22nd Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl

2019-04-16T11:05:37+00:00 April 14, 2019|

The Albany High School team with Senior Education Program Manager at NOAA Sarah Schoedinger and Consortium for Ocean Leadership President and CEO RADM Jon White USN (Ret.) Ketchikan High School Takes Home James D. Watkins Sportsmanship Award (Washington, D.C.) – On Sunday, students from Albany High School (Albany, California) won the National [...]

Member Highlight: Study Looks To Iron From Microbes For Climate Help

2019-06-06T13:38:06+00:00 April 12, 2019|

(Credit: NOAA MESA Project/Wikimedia Commons) (From Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences/ By ) -- Distributing iron particles produced by bacteria could “fertilize” microscopic ocean plants and ultimately lower atmospheric carbon levels, according to a new paper in Frontiers. “It is important that we explore ideas for climate change mitigation that can supplement the [...]

Member Highlight: Study Confirms And Ranks Nursery Value Of Coastal Habitats

2019-04-10T15:55:14+00:00 April 8, 2019|

(Credit: Maxwell Ridgeway/Unsplash) Findings will help resource managers with difficult conservation decisions (From Virginia Institute of Marine Science/ By David Malmquist) -- A comprehensive analysis of more than 11,000 previous coastal-habitat measurements suggests that mangroves and seagrasses provide the greatest value as “nurseries” for young fishes and invertebrates, providing key guidance for managers [...]

Review&Forecast – Sea Technology Magazine, January 2019

2019-04-08T13:28:32+00:00 April 8, 2019|

Increasing Our Ocean Security: How A Healthy Ocean Benefits Us All (By RADM Jonathan White, U.S. Navy (Ret.) / From Sea Technology, Jan. 2019)  In 2017, I started talking about ocean security, or the concept that our national, homeland, energy, food, water and economic securities, as well as our public health and safety, depend [...]

Member Highlight: Warm Seas Scatter Fish

2019-03-11T14:34:34+00:00 March 11, 2019|

(Credit: Dr. Dwayne Meadows, NOAA/NMFS/OPR) Climate change is shifting productivity of fisheries worldwide (From University of California Santa Barbara/ By Harrison Tasoff) -- Fish provide a vital source of protein for over half the world’s population, with over 56 million people employed by or subsisting on fisheries. But climate change is beginning to [...]

Member Highlight: Radio-Tracking Dolphins Reveals Details About Their Behavior

2019-03-04T11:33:31+00:00 March 4, 2019|

(Credit: Getty Images) Using telemetry units in hospitals to monitor patient health is standard practice. Now, a similar approach is proving to be invaluable for dolphins, too. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and collaborators have conducted the most extensive radio-tracking effort of bottlenose dolphins in [...]

Member Highlight: Senator Marco Rubio Visits Mote To Discuss Urgent Threats In Florida’s Oceans

2019-02-25T13:28:16+00:00 February 25, 2019|

Credit: NOAA CCMA Biogeography Team On February 21, 2019, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium hosted Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) at its City Island campus to discuss urgent threats facing Florida’s oceans, including harmful algae blooms affecting our coastlines and the significant decline of coral reefs. Mote President & CEO, Dr. Michael P. [...]

Member Highlight: Climate Of North American Cities Will Shift Hundreds Of Miles In One Generation

2019-02-19T10:09:39+00:00 February 19, 2019|

(Credit: Sgt. Randall A. Clinton / U.S. Marine Corps) New web application helps visualize climate changes in 540 North American cities (From University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science/ By ) -- In one generation, the climate experienced in many North American cities is projected to change to that of locations hundreds of [...]

Member Highlight: Study Shows Deep Microbes Hold Clues To Early Life

2019-02-28T15:03:01+00:00 February 11, 2019|

(Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, courtesy of University of California, Santa Cruz, US National Science Foundation, ROV Jason dive J2-711, 2013, AT26-03 cruise chief scientist Andrew Fisher) A new study has revealed how a group of deep-sea microbes provides clues to the evolution of life on Earth, according to a recent paper [...]

Member Highlight: Waters West Of Europe Drive Ocean Overturning, Key For Regulating Climate

2019-02-04T14:15:56+00:00 February 4, 2019|

(Credit: Carolina Nobre / WHOI Media) A new international study finds that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (MOC), a deep-ocean process that plays a key role in regulating Earth’s climate, is primarily driven by cooling waters west of Europe.   (From Duke University/ By Tim Lucas) -- In a departure from the prevailing [...]

Member Highlight: International Research Team To Study Effects Of Ocean Acidification On Iron Availability To Phytoplankton In North Pacific

2019-01-15T16:27:04+00:00 January 15, 2019|

(Credit: NOAA MESA Project/ Wikimedia Commons) The effect of ocean acidification on iron availability to phytoplankton in the eastern North Pacific is the focus of a three-year, more than $954,000 National Science Foundation collaborative research grant to the University of Maine, University of Washington and University of South Florida. (From University of [...]

Member Highlight: Stanford Researchers Uncover Startling Insights Into How Human-Generated Carbon Dioxide Could Reshape Oceans

2018-12-17T15:36:13+00:00 December 17, 2018|

(Credit: Pasquale Vassallo / Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn) Volcanic carbon dioxide vents off the coast of Italy are rapidly acidifying nearby waters. This natural laboratory provides a crystal ball-view into potential future marine biodiversity impacts around the world. (From Stanford University/ By Nicole Kravec) -- Something peculiar is happening in the azure waters [...]

Member Highlight: Study Shows How Mussels Handle Microplastic Fiber

2018-12-10T11:59:29+00:00 December 10, 2018|

(Credit: Ken Sturm/USFWS) New research shows that mussels readily take in microplastic pollution fibers from the ocean but quickly flush most of them out again, according to a study by researchers from Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The findings were published in December’s Marine Pollution Bulletin. (From Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences/ [...]

Member Highlight: Urban Flooding Disrupts Local Economies, Public Safety, Housing Equity

2018-12-03T14:08:54+00:00 December 3, 2018|

(Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Flooding caused by an increasing number of intense storms is a national challenge and significant source of economic loss, social disruption and housing inequality across the United States, says a new report from Texas A&M University and the University of Maryland. (From Texas A&M Today/ By Keith Randall [...]

Member Highlight: New Study Highlights Complexity Of Warming And Melting In Antarctica

2018-11-26T14:52:07+00:00 November 26, 2018|

(Credit: Gisela Winckler/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory) (From Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory/ By Marie Denoia Aronsohn) -- In a study released on Nature Climate Change's website today, scientists draw from recent findings to underscore the multifaceted dynamics of surface melting in Antarctica. The study authors come from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the Cooperative Institute for [...]

Member Highlight: Could Fish DNA Tests Replace Population Surveys?

2018-11-19T14:25:53+00:00 November 19, 2018|

(Credit: UMCES) (From Chesapeake Bay Magazine/ By Meg Walburn Viviano) -- Collecting DNA isn’t just for detectives at the scene of a crime. It’s now being used by environmentalists to track fish species in the water. Environmental DNA, or eDNA, comes from the cells or waste that fish leave behind while swimming. Researchers [...]

Member Highlight: Ready For Next Big Storm? UMD Glider Patrols Ocean To Predict A Hurricane’s Power

2018-11-05T15:10:07+00:00 November 5, 2018|

(Credit: UMass Dartmouth) (From The Standard-Times/ By Jennette Barnes) -- The next time a hurricane comes barreling toward New England, we may have a better idea of whether it will intensify to a Category 5, or fizzle out and bring less damage than everyone feared. Just thank the underwater hurricane patrol. This hurricane [...]

Member Highlight: Global Sea Levels Could Rise 8 Feet By 2100, More In NJ, Rutgers Study Says

2019-04-18T17:45:46+00:00 October 15, 2018|

(Credit: Famartin/Wikimedia Commons) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (] By the dawn of the next century, South Jersey’s barrier islands will pretty much disappear at high tide, based on data in a Rutgers University review of scientific literature. (From The Press of Atlantic City/ By Michelle Brunetti Post) -- Global sea levels could rise by almost [...]

Member Highlight: Offshore Wind Farms Could Protect Coastlines

2018-10-09T14:06:43+00:00 October 1, 2018|

(Credit: iStock/ssuaphoto) Offshore wind farms may have a greater capacity for coastal protection than first imagined. Scientists had shown previously that arrays of turbines placed in the sea may buffer storm surge and flooding. Now simulations featuring data from Hurricane Harvey suggest that smart wind farm designs have the capacity to protect [...]

Member Highlight: New Study Shows Florida Keys’ Coral Are Growing But Have Become More Porous

2018-09-24T11:44:41+00:00 September 24, 2018|

(Credit: JP Rippe) Research suggests that higher-latitude reefs may have more time to adapt to rising ocean temperatures than their tropical counterparts. (From UNC-Chapel Hill/ By ) -- Researchers have long questioned what impact climate change has on the rate at which corals are growing and building reef habitats in the Florida [...]

NSF Awards Contract to WHOI to Lead OOI Program Management

2018-09-19T14:57:03+00:00 September 19, 2018|

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that it has awarded a coalition of academic and oceanographic research organizations a five-year contract to operate and maintain the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The coalition, led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), with direction from the NSF and guidance from the OOI Facilities Board, will include [...]

Member Highlight: As Nelson Touts Red Tide Research At Mote, Another Potential Bloom Is Detected

2018-09-10T10:27:46+00:00 September 10, 2018|

(Credit: University of South Florida) Autonomous USF robot discovered red tide indicators west of Tampa during mapping exercise. (From Herald Tribune/ By Carlos R. Munoz) -- A new batch of red tide could be brewing west of Tampa. A University of South Florida underwater glider, an autonomous robot that collects subsurface data vital to understanding [...]

Member Highlight: Can Seagrass Help Fight Ocean Acidification?

2018-08-06T12:31:34+00:00 August 6, 2018|

Seagrass meadows could play a limited, localized role in alleviating ocean acidification in coastal ecosystems, according to new work led by Carnegie's David Koweek and including Carnegie's Ken Caldeira and published in Ecological Applications. (From EurekAlert) -- When coal, oil, or gas is burned, the resulting carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere where it is [...]

Member Highlight: Shark Week Spotlight: Tagging Smooth Dogfish

2018-07-30T13:32:25+00:00 July 30, 2018|

(Credit: Monmouth University) Monmouth University Assistant Professor Keith Dunton and students Lauren Kelly, Troy Ohntrup and Charlie Vasas watched as a longline baited with dozens of pieces of menhaden was slowly reeled up to the research vessel Nauvoo.  (From Monmouth University) -- One after another after another they came – roughly 20 in all. The [...]

Member Highlight: Scientists Explore New Experimental Model Systems To Advance Biology

2018-07-23T12:30:28+00:00 July 23, 2018|

(Credit: Mariana Rius) Tremendous advancement of basic biological knowledge has come from genetically manipulating model organisms to test mechanistic hypotheses. (From --  But the selection of traditional model organisms available offers a limited view of biological diversity, meaning that they cannot be used to investigate a broad swath of novel and [...]

Member Highlight: Racing To Save Florida’s Coral From Climate Change, Scientists Turn To A Once-Unthinkable Strategy: ‘Assisted Evolution’

2018-07-16T14:58:46+00:00 July 16, 2018|

(Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)  In a hurricane-proof lab miles down the Florida Keys, scientists coddle, the way a parent might, tiny pieces of coral from the moment they are spawned until they are just hearty enough to be separated into specimens equipped to survive in the wild. (From LA [...]

Member Highlight: Newly Discovered Volcanic Heat Source Under Antarctic Glacier Is Half As Hot As Iceland’s Most Active Volcano

2018-07-02T09:01:01+00:00 July 2, 2018|

(Credit: Brice Loose) Several kilometers under the ice, researchers have found evidence of an active volcano spewing large amounts of heat under Antarctica's fastest melting glacier. (From Tech Times/ By Nicole Arce) -- By accident, a team of scientists from the University of Rhode Island's School of Oceanography have discovered biochemical proof of [...]

Ocean Science And Technology Are Critical To An Effective Ocean Policy That Will Advance The Economic, Security, And Environmental Interests Of The United States

2018-06-25T17:20:40+00:00 June 20, 2018|

(Washington, D.C.) – In response to the release of the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, president and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, released the following statement. “The ocean has much to offer, but only [...]

Member Highlight: More Sharks Ditching Annual Migration As Ocean Warms

2018-06-18T10:21:19+00:00 June 18, 2018|

Blacktip sharks usually travel in the tens of thousands from North Carolina to Florida. But thanks to climate change, more are staying put. (From National Geographic / By Eric Niiler ) -- The annual migration of blacktip sharks from southern Florida to North Carolina has begun—and researchers who track this amazing ritual say there are seeing only about one-third the usual [...]

Ocean Plastics Lab coming to Washington’s National Mall, June 4-17 

2019-04-22T14:09:19+00:00 May 29, 2018|

(Credit: Shadyart87/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0) Exhibit showcases global problem and solutions to ocean plastic pollution  (Washington, D.C.) – The Consortium for Ocean Leadership is among the U.S. sponsors and participants of the Ocean Plastics Lab, an international outdoor, interactive exhibit, composed of four shipping containers, that is coming to Washington’s National Mall next [...]

Member Highlight: New Zealand Has Its Own Genetically Distinct Population Of Blue Whales

2018-05-29T10:21:45+00:00 May 29, 2018|

(Credit: Todd Chandler) Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU) have discovered that a population of blue whales found between the North and South islands of New Zealand are genetically distinct from other blue whales, and live there year-round. (From Forbes/ By Fiona McMillan) -- The first inklings that something unusual was going on began [...]

Member Highlight: IoT, Data Visualization Warn Coastal Residents about Flooding

2018-05-21T09:52:14+00:00 May 21, 2018|

Spearheaded by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the StormSense project combines IoT sensors, cloud systems, predictive analytics modeling, and data visualization mapping to predict flooding impacts and deliver warnings to residents in the Virginia Beach area. (From Information Week/ By Jessica Davis) -- The sound of the ocean waves may be relaxing when you [...]

Member Highlight: Alien Waters: Neighboring Seas Are Flowing into a Warming Arctic Ocean

2018-05-14T14:17:29+00:00 May 14, 2018|

(Credit: Pablo Clemente-Colon / National Ice Center) Above Scandinavia, on the Atlantic side of the Arctic Ocean, mackerel, cod, and other fish native to the European coast are migrating through increasingly ice-free waters, heading deeper into the Arctic Basin toward Siberia. . (From Yale Environment 360/ By Cheryl Katz) -- Thousands of miles to the west, [...]

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