Ocean

Ice melting 10 000 years ago caused radical climate shift in Europe and Africa

A team of researchers led by the Ruhr-Universität Bochum investigated how the meltwater from the ice sheet in North America produced a massive impact on climate conditions in northwest Europe and northwest Africa by the end of the most recent ice age, about 10...

July 19, 2016

The role of ocean circulation in sudden climate changes during the last ice age

Ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica show that there was a period during the last ice age, when our planet experienced dozens of abrupt temperature shifts. Plummeting and rising again every 1500 years or so, those sudden temperature shifts wreaked havoc on the...

July 05, 2016

Whistling wormholes of the Caribbean

A team of scientists led by Professor Chris Hughes (University of Liverpool, NOC) analyzed the Caribbean Sea levels and pressure readings taken from the bottom of the sea and noticed a new phenomenon which they have called a 'Rossby whistle.' The team has...

June 29, 2016

A Sea of Charge: Oceanic microstructures

Seawater is not very exciting when you look at it. It is, presumably, just water with salt and other minerals. To most of the denizens of Earth’s oceans, the sea is something quite different, a web of gel. According to an article from New Scientist magazine,...

June 28, 2016

North Atlantic cooling suggests climate is about to change over much of the northern hemisphere

Based on the observations of ocean heat content in the North Atlantic Ocean, the climate in the northern hemisphere is on the verge of a change that could last for several decades. This change is associated with the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO)1 - a mode...

June 14, 2016

Study suggests Gulf Stream weakening associated with a recovery from earlier strengthening

The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), part of which is known as the Gulf Stream, has been seen weakening over the past decade. Although this weakening trend raised questions whether it has been caused by climate change, a new research suggests this...

May 30, 2016

Significant rise of the cephalopods in the world's oceans observed over the last 60 years

A new international research, led by the scientists from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, suggests that contrary to the fish species, the number of cephalopods (octopus, cuttlefish, and squid) in the world's oceans, have increased over the last 60...

May 24, 2016

Unprecedented toxic red algal bloom severely impacts Los Lagos, Chile

The southern area of Los Lagos, Chile, has been affected by the unprecedented red algal bloom over the last month. The phenomenon has caused thousands of local fishermen to protest the government's "insufficient" effort to alleviate the economic...

May 04, 2016

Previously unknown, massive source of methanol identified

A team of scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have identified the massive, previously unknown source of methanol in the ocean. According to the study, the phytoplankton, microscopic plant-like organisms, possess a surprising and unique...

March 23, 2016

Greenland 'Warm Blob' surface water responsible for abrupt climate swings in the last ice age

New research shows a "warm blob" of surface water in the Atlantic played a significant role on the wild climate swings in Greenland during the last ice age. Researchers used the foraminifera fossils to compare the changes in the ocean temperature with the...

February 25, 2016

2015/16 strong El Niño declines, but continues to influence the global climate

The 2015/16 El Niño has passed its peak and continues to decline gradually, according to the latest updates from the World Meteorological Organization (WHO) and Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). Despite the weakening trend, it will continue to influence...

February 19, 2016

Recent advancements in mapping the world's oceans

The scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, New York, have gathered data from hundreds of research cruises and made a significant contribution to providing easily accessible ocean floor maps to interested people across the globe. The mapping site is capable...

January 11, 2016

Fukushima radiation contamination ongoing on numerous new ocean sites

Higher numbers of ocean sites along the US West Coast are showing signs of radiation contamination from Fukushima nuclear accident, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) reports. However, the measured radioactivity levels still remain well below the US...

December 04, 2015

Rapid plankton growth in North Atlantic suggests a swift environmental change

An unusual plankton growth has been discovered in the North Atlantic, in contrast to the scientific predictions for the area. The discovery suggests a swift environmental change as a result of increased amounts of carbon dioxide may be underway. A team of...

November 28, 2015

New mathematical model maps undiscovered deep water coral reefs

Marine scientists have discovered four new deep-water coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Ireland, by using a new mathematical modeling system which predicted their locations, the Plymouth University announced on October 12, 2015. The modeling system that...

October 16, 2015

Major coral bleaching phenomena now spreads globally, NOAA reports

A third global coral bleaching event was announced by the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on October 8, 2015. The event is expected to be enhanced by the strong El Nino, and will impact about 38% of the world's coral reefs by the end...

October 13, 2015

Glider data shows the warm Gulf Stream water intrusions up to 100 meters (328 feet) deep

A process in which the warm Gulf Stream water and colder water of the continental shelf exchange has been studied in previously unknown details by examining data gathered by ocean robots installed off the coast of Massachusetts. Scientists from Woods Hole...

October 01, 2015