Category: Oceans

Hot larvae: Calculating dispersal from unique submarine hot spring ecosystems

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyLarval dispersal from hydrothermal vent fields have been quantified in order to understand and protect the creatures found there, report investigators. Topic: Ecosystems, Oceans

Scientists set out costs of sea level rise

Oceans photo
Originally Published by environmentalresearchweb: all contentWarning that increased investment in coastal defences must be made in tandem with emissions reductions to prevent huge economic damage caused by flooding Topic: Oceans

Major source of methanol in the ocean identified

Originally Published by EurekAlert! – Earth ScienceAs one of the most abundant organic compounds on the planet, methanol occurs naturally in the environment as plants release it as they grow and decompose. It is also found in the ocean, where it is a welcome food source for ravenous microbes that feast on it for energy […]

Marine protected areas intensify both cooperation and competition

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyMarine protected areas generate both extreme cooperation and extreme competition among commercial fishers. When these behaviors remain in balance, they can lead to better conservation of marine resources, a new study finds. However, if competition among fishers increases while cooperation declines, it could threaten the long-term survival […]

Octopus dubbed Casper the friendly ghost could be new species

Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianSmall, ghostly-white octopus was found in the deep sea off Hawaii and has been likened to the beloved cartoon character.   Topic: Biodiversity, Oceans

Flood Damage Costs Will Rise Faster Than Sea Levels, Study Says

Originally Published by Inside Climate NewsCommunities facing rising sea levels are likely to see the cost of flood damage increase faster than water levels, concludes a new study. Topic: Disasters, Water

Tracing deep ocean currents

image from NASA's map showing the currents and movements of Earth's oceans. Credit: NASA

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily Radioactive isotopes typically take four years to reach the Norwegian coast from Sellafield on the north-eastern coast of England. Researchers are following the radioactive waste to understand how ocean currents are formed and to see where they flow. Topic: Oceans

Plastics in ocean harm oysters

Originally Published by EarthSkyOyster reef at about mid-tide off fishing pier at Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina. Image via Jstuby at Wikimedia Commons. When waste plastics – like polystyrene – find their way into bodies of water, they degrade into microscopic particles known as microplastics. These tiny particles range from about 2-6 micrometers in […]

Using light to understand rogue waves

Originally Published by EarthSky Imagine you’re in a storm where the average wave is 20 feet (6 meters) tall. Suddenly, a wave appears that’s 100 feet (30 meters) tall. A sudden, unexpected wave that tall can sink even large ships and is an example of a rogue wave. Rogue waves aren’t tsunamis, which are caused […]

Hundreds of manatees congregate in Florida refuge to escape chilly seas

Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianA popular Florida wildlife refuge has been closed to swimmers, thanks to an influx of hundreds of manatees. Topic: Ecosystems, Oceans