Category: Earth Observation

Scientists Inspect the Great Barrier Reef, From 28,000 Feet Above


A NASA flying laboratory is using a specially designed sensor in a search for answers about what is killing large sections of the world’s coral reefs.

Baby lobsters in hot water as ocean temperatures rise

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A new study by scientists in Maine found that if global warming trends continue, lobsters will struggle to survive by the year 2100. Baby lobsters might not be able to survive in the ocean’s waters if the ocean continues to warm at the expected rate. That is the key finding of a study performed by scientists in Maine, the state most closely associated with lobster. The scientists, who are affiliated with the University of Maine Darling Marine Center and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, said the discovery could mean bad news for the future of one of America’s most beloved seafood treats, as well as the industry lobsters support. Continue reading…

UK researchers tap into China’s scientific powerhouse


The government is to outline its plans to strengthen collaborative research between the UK and China.

BP’s planned response to any Great Australian Bight oil spill too slow, says expert

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Andrew Hopkins says BP’s plans to drill in Bight fall short of best practice and would not be allowed in other regions. BP is proposing to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight using plans that fall a long way short of industry best practice and would not be allowed in some other regions, according to an expert in oil spill disasters. Andrew Hopkins, emeritus professor at the Australian National University, has researched BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Writing in the Conversation he said it was “by no means obvious” that BP had reduced risks of a spill in the Bight to as low as reasonably practicable, which is the requirement under Australian law. Continue reading…

New Public-Private Partnership Launched to Help Communities Bridge Gap Between Climate Data and Resiliency Planning


Esri is one of the collaborating partners working on platform development for the Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP).

Taking a dive on deep sea sub Alvin

Dr. Fulweiler in a Sub

One BU marine biologist fulfilled a lifelong dream this summer when she dove 1,130 meters beneath the ocean’s surface.

Dwarf galaxies and dark matter update


A computer simulation shows stars in a galaxy like our Milky Way on the left and the same region’s dark matter on the right. Image via Andrew Wetzel/ Carnegie Science.

Arctic ice melt is killing birds and will leave caribou stranded


The trend for more sea ice to melt sooner spells trouble for Arctic ecosystems on an unprecedented scale – and it’s not just polar bears that are in peril.

375 top scientists warn of ‘real, serious, immediate’ climate threat | John Abraham

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Yesterday, 375 of the world’s top scientists, including 30 Nobel Prize winners, published an open letter regarding climate change. In the letter, the scientists report that the evidence is clear: humans are causing climate change. We are now observing climate change and its affect across the globe. The seas are rising, the oceans are warming, the lower atmosphere is warming, the land is warming, ice is melting, rainfall patterns are changing and the ocean is becoming more acidic.

How Cities and Suburbs Affect Chesapeake Bay


While wastewater treatment plants clean up, the spread of asphalt, pavement, and other impervious surfaces in suburbs and cities is adding pollution to the Bay.