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Newswise: For now, river deltas gain land worldwide

For now, river deltas gain land worldwide

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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.

Channels: Environmental Science, Geology, Nature, All Journal News, Nature (journal),

Released:
23-Jan-2020 10:25 AM EST

Report reveals ‘unseen’ human benefits from ocean twilight zone

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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.

Channels: Climate Science, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Nature, Staff Picks,

Released:
22-Jan-2020 3:30 PM EST
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Newswise: Spock versus the volcano

Spock versus the volcano

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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.

Channels: Artificial Intelligence, Environmental Science, Geology, Technology, Earthquakes, Volcanoes,

Released:
20-Jan-2020 9:00 AM EST
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Newswise: Study Weighs Deep-Sea Mining’s Impact on Microbes

Study Weighs Deep-Sea Mining’s Impact on Microbes

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

Channels: Climate Science, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Microbiome, Wildlife, All Journal News,

Released:
16-Jan-2020 12:30 PM EST
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WHOI scientist to provide testimony on climate science and solutions

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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.

Channels: Climate Science, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Nature,

Released:
14-Jan-2020 10:30 AM EST
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Newswise: Investigating the Ocean’s Influence on Australia’s Drought

Investigating the Ocean’s Influence on Australia’s Drought

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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.

Channels: Climate Science, Environmental Science, Meteorology, Wildfires, Drought, Australian News, Staff Picks,

Released:
9-Jan-2020 4:00 PM EST
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WHOI underwater robot takes first known automated sample from ocean

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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.

Channels: Artificial Intelligence, Marine Science, Technology,

Released:
8-Jan-2020 1:45 PM EST
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Newswise: How microbes reflect the health of coral reefs

How microbes reflect the health of coral reefs

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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.

Channels: Environmental Science, Marine Science, Microbiome, Nature, All Journal News,

Released:
19-Dec-2019 11:15 AM EST
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Newswise: Sea anemones with jet lag?

Sea anemones with jet lag?

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

Channels: All Journal News, Marine Science, Nature,

Released:
19-Dec-2019 10:10 AM EST
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Newswise: Underwater pile driving noise causes alarm responses in squid

Underwater pile driving noise causes alarm responses in squid

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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.

Channels: All Journal News, Marine Science, Nature, Pollution,

Released:
16-Dec-2019 12:25 PM EST
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