When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig suffered a catastrophic explosion and blowout on April 21, 2010, leading to the worst oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry, the well’s operators thought they would be able to block the leak within a few weeks.Add a comment
Collaborative research between two global research programs, Tara Oceans expedition 2009-2014 (France) and Malaspina 2010 expedition (Spain), has reported the large-scale transport of floating plastic debris from the Atlantic to the Arctic. The study, published in Science Advances, highlights that within only a few decades of using plastic materials, marine plastic pollution has already become a serious problem.Add a comment
Oysters reefs provide protection for coastal lands, help keep the water clean, and oysters are darn good when charbroiled. All true, and all part of what makes coastal Louisiana so valuable to its residents and why ecosystem restoration remains a valued part of coastal community life, according to a new report from The Water Institute of the Gulf.Add a comment
Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and other "ocean worlds" in our solar system and beyond. The findings are presented in papers published 13 April 2016 by researchers with NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn and Hubble Space Telescope.Add a comment
Cretaceous climate warming led to a significant methane release from the seafloor, indicating potential for similar destabilization of gas hydrates under modern global warming. A field campaign on the remote Ellef Ringnes Island, Canadian High Arctic, discovered an astounding number of methane seep mounds in Cretaceous age sediments.Add a comment
What’s brightly colored, lives on shipwrecks, filter-feeds like a whale, and shoots webs like Spiderman? If you can’t readily come up with an answer, that’s okay: until now, such animals weren’t known to science.Add a comment
A team of scientists from Australia, Belgium, Italy and the UK have demonstrated how ocean winds can generate spontaneous rogue waves, the first step to predicting the potentially dangerous phenomena.
Scientists from the European Space Agency are saying that a crack in Antarctica’s massive Larsen-C ice shelf is in the process of creating a monster iceberg.Add a comment
A swath of new instruments debuted during a 25 day expedition across the Pacific exploring a wide variety of oceanic ecosystems. The focus of chief scientist Dr. Ivona Cetinic´, USRA/NASA, and her team of oceanographers, engineers, biologists, and computer scientists was to explore ocean particles, and more specifically the tiny phytoplankton that make up the base of our food web.Add a comment
Although coastal property owners and government agencies are increasingly turning to green solutions over grey ones to combat climate change-driven threats such as sea level rise and more frequent coastal storms, the hurdles to their implementation can be significant. A new report by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) offers guidance for dealing with such barriers for those seeking to apply natural and nature-based features as waterfront defenses.