A Dissolving Future for Coral Reefs

EarthzineCoral Reefs 2017

The latest findings suggest that ocean acidification by carbon dioxide may already be eroding reefs worldwide, and provide a crucial proof for a novel monitoring system tracking erosion on U.S. reefs.

Decoding the Lives of Marine Wildlife: Using the Argos Satellite System to Understand the Ocean

EarthzineCoastal Environments 2016, Original, Quick Looks, Sections, Themed Articles

The Argos satellite system provides a worldwide network of ocean-based data allowing scientists to decipher more and more about the cryptic nature of the ocean and the wildlife found within it. Part Three of Three. Click here for Part One and Part Two of this series. Far above the Earth’s surface, a satellite equipped with an Argos instrument passes over … Read More

AtlantOS: Who Will Know the Ocean?

Osha Gray DavidsonOriginal

A new effort is getting underway to monitor and understand one of the least explored regions on Earth: the Atlantic Ocean, from pole-to-pole and from the surface waters to the bottom of the deepest trenches. Ocean researchers have learned much since the American biologist Rachel Carson observed in 1937: “Who has known the ocean? Neither you nor I.”  But, says … Read More

The Trouble with Trees: Volatile Organic Compounds Exacerbate Climate Change and Air Pollution

EarthzineIn-Depth, Original, Socioeconomic Benefits 2016, Themed Articles

Scientists are using sophisticated emission models and monitoring techniques to better understand the relationship between volatile organic compound production, climate change, and air pollution. As rainforests are cut down and replaced with isoprene-emitting oil palm plantations, data suggest that genetically modified trees may provide a hopeful alternative.