Category: Oceans

Unprecedented atmospheric behavior disrupts one of Earth’s most regular climate cycles


A team of scientists has discovered an unexpected disruption in one of the most repeatable atmospheric patterns.

Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation and Drought in Africa


The most important natural factor behind drought in the Sahel seems to be a cyclical shifting of ocean temperatures in the North Atlantic.

I am the Captain now: self-driving ships coming soon


The next big thing — make that really big — is self-driving ships. Research on autonomous vessels is picking up steam around the world.

Tasmanian devil DNA shows signs of cancer fightback

Tasmanian Devil

A genetic study uncovers signs that wild Tasmanian devils are rapidly evolving to fight back against the infectious face cancer threatening them with extinction.

North Atlantic ‘weather bomb’ tremor measured in Japan


Researchers track a particular type of tiny vibration for the first time, as it wobbles through the Earth from the Atlantic to Japan.

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