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Newswise: For now, river deltas gain land worldwide
Released: 23-Jan-2020 10:25 AM EST
For now, river deltas gain land worldwide
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Researchers from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and colleagues found that delta areas worldwide have actually gained land in the past 30 years, despite river damming. However, recent land gains are unlikely to last throughout the 21st century due to expected, accelerated sea level rise. The researchers published their findings in the journal Nature.

Released: 22-Jan-2020 3:30 PM EST
Report reveals ‘unseen’ human benefits from ocean twilight zone
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

A new report from researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) reveals for the first time the unseen—and somewhat surprising—benefits that people receive from the ocean’s twilight zone. Also known as the “mesopelagic,” this is the ocean layer just beyond the sunlit surface.

Newswise: Spock versus the volcano
Released: 20-Jan-2020 9:00 AM EST
Spock versus the volcano
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Kolumbo volcano—which sits 500 meters below the surface within the fault-heavy Hellenic Volcanic Arc just off Santorini—is the Aegean Sea’s most active and potentially dangerous volcano.

Newswise: Study Weighs Deep-Sea Mining’s Impact on Microbes
Released: 16-Jan-2020 12:30 PM EST
Study Weighs Deep-Sea Mining’s Impact on Microbes
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The essential roles that microbes play in deep-sea ecosystems are at risk from the potential environmental impacts of mining.

Released: 14-Jan-2020 10:30 AM EST
WHOI scientist to provide testimony on climate science and solutions
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Richard Murray, Deputy Director and Vice President for Research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), will testify before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives on January 15, 2020.

Newswise: Investigating the Ocean’s Influence on Australia’s Drought
Released: 9-Jan-2020 4:00 PM EST
Investigating the Ocean’s Influence on Australia’s Drought
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

To understand how the relentless heat, blazing wild fires, and bone-dry conditions have reached such extremes, scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are looking to the ocean.

Released: 8-Jan-2020 1:45 PM EST
WHOI underwater robot takes first known automated sample from ocean
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

A hybrid remotely operated vehicle developed by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) took the first known automated sample performed by a robotic arm in the ocean. Last month, an international team of researchers used one of WHOI’s underwater robots, Nereid Under Ice (NUI), to explore Kolumbo volcano, an active submarine volcano off Greece’s famed Santorini island.

Newswise: How microbes reflect the health of coral reefs
Released: 19-Dec-2019 11:15 AM EST
How microbes reflect the health of coral reefs
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Microorganisms play important roles in the health and protection of coral reefs, yet exploring these connections can be difficult due to the lack of unspoiled reef systems throughout the global ocean. A collaborative study led by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the Centro de Investigaciones Marinas - Universidad de La Habana (CIM-UH) compared seawater from 25 reefs in Cuba and the U.S. Florida Keys varying in human impact and protection, and found that those with higher microbial diversity and lower concentrations of nutrients and organic carbon—primarily caused by human activities—were markedly healthier.

Newswise: Sea anemones with jet lag?
Released: 19-Dec-2019 10:10 AM EST
Sea anemones with jet lag?
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Ocean scientists investigate the internal body clocks of sea anemones to determine if fluctuating temperatures play a role in their daily rhythms.

Newswise: Underwater pile driving noise causes alarm responses in squid
Released: 16-Dec-2019 12:25 PM EST
Underwater pile driving noise causes alarm responses in squid
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Exposure to underwater pile driving noise, which can be associated with the construction of docks, piers, and offshore wind farms, causes squid to exhibit strong alarm behaviors, according to a study by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers published Dec. 16, 2019, in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin.



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