New Radar Satellite Technique Sheds Light On Ocean Current Dynamics
Frascati, Italy - Jan 24, 2008 12:57 EST
Ocean surface currents have long been the focus of research due to the role they play in weather, climate and transportation of pollutants, yet essential aspects of these currents remain unknown.
By employing a new technique – based on the same...
New Tool Developed To Study Drifting Larvae And Juvenile Marine Species
Miami, Florida - Jan 19, 2008 14:37 EST
One of the most significant questions facing marine ecologists today, is just how much of an impact global variations in the environment are having on the dispersal of larval and juvenile marine species from open oceans to coral reefs. Previously,...
Sea Otter Study Reveals Striking Variability In Diets And Feeding Strategies
Santa Cruz, California - Jan 14, 2008 18:51 EST
Ecologists have long observed that when food becomes scarce, animal populations exploit a wider range of food sources. So scientists studying southern sea otters at different sites in California's coastal waters were not surprised to find that the dietary diversity...
Researcher: Unusual Fish-eating Dinosaur Had Crocodile-like Skull
Bristol, U. K. - Jan 13, 2008 16:53 EST
An unusual dinosaur has been shown to have a skull that functioned like a fish-eating crocodile, despite looking like a dinosaur. It also possessed two huge hand claws, perhaps used as grappling hooks to lift fish from the water.
Stanford, Monterey Bay Aquarium And MBARI Launch Center For Ocean Solutions
Palo Alto, California - Jan 9, 2008 18:50 EST
People have long depended on healthy oceans for food, recreation and commerce. But this irreplaceable resource is in dire trouble, say marine scientists, largely because of human impacts—from pollution to poorly managed fisheries to climate change.
To address these and other...
UN Report: Prospect For Rehabilitation 'Good' After Korean Oil Spill
New York, New York - Dec 27, 2007 14:44 EST
The prospects for rehabilitation after the worst oil spill in the history of the Republic of Korea (ROK) are good, thanks to quick and effective action by the Korean authorities, according to a joint United Nations-European Commission Assessment Team.
Scientists: Climate Change Affects Top Predators In Ocean Ecosystems
Honolulu, Hawaii - Dec 21, 2007 15:06 EST
Scientists from the University of Hawaii joined more than 150 colleagues at the First Climate Impacts on Oceanic Top Predators (CLIOTOP) Symposium, hosted by the Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas and the Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas del Noroeste, December 3-7,...
New Apparatus Developed To Measure The Density Of Ultra-pure Water
Braunschweig, Germany - Dec 19, 2007 13:53 EST
For oceanography – and there in particular for the description of ocean currents – accurate measurements of the density of sea water are of great importance. For this purpose, measuring instruments are needed which reach an uncertainty of approx. 0.001...
Annual Survey Shows Increase In Cook Inlet Belugas; 'We Are Encouraged'
Anchorage, Alaska - Dec 19, 2007 07:15 EST
NOAA Fisheries Service biologists estimate a beluga whale population of 375 in the Cook Inlet near Anchorage, Alaska, according to data collected during their annual survey in June. This population estimate is the largest since 2001.
"While we are encouraged by...