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Wintertime arctic sea ice growth slows long-term decline

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 11:47:00 EST ~ New research has found that increases in the rate at which Arctic sea ice grows in the winter may have partially slowed down the decline of the Arctic sea ice cover. Find out more...

Greenland ice sheet melt 'off the charts' compared with past four centuries

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 13:39:42 EST ~ Surface melting across Greenland's mile-thick ice sheet began increasing in the mid-19th century and then ramped up dramatically during the 20th and early 21st centuries, showing no signs of abating, according to new research. Find out more...

How mussels handle microplastic fiber pollution

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 13:11:27 EST ~ New research shows that mussels readily take in microplastic pollution fibers from the ocean but quickly flush most of them out again, according to a new study. Find out more...

Uneven rates of sea level rise tied to climate change

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 15:04:59 EST ~ The pattern of uneven sea level rise over the last quarter century has been driven in part by human-caused climate change, not just natural variability, according to a new study. Find out more...

Pulses of sinking carbon reaching the deep sea are not captured in global climate models

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 13:11:09 EST ~ A new study shows that pulses of sinking debris carry large amounts of carbon to the deep seafloor, but are poorly represented in global climate models. Find out more...

New dataset expands understanding of Arctic Spring Bloom

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 11:54:55 EST ~ Understanding how the ocean works is like putting together a million-piece puzzle. There are many questions; finding answers takes time, resources, and opportunity. But even when scientists believe they know how the pieces fit together, new knowledge can change the shape of the puzzle. A new article adds another piece to the puzzle in understanding the impact of diatoms on the Arctic Spring Bloom. Find out more...

Scientists reveal substantial water loss in global landlocked regions

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 15:38:41 EST ~ A new study reveals that water storage declines in global landlocked basins has aggravated local water stress and caused potential sea level rise. Find out more...

Quirky glacial behavior explained

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 15:38:40 EST ~ In August 2012, the Jakobshavn Glacier was flowing and breaking off into the sea at record speeds, three times faster than in previous years. As the glacier flowed faster, it became thinner and more unstable and in a twist, a pileup of thick ice replenished the glacier's terminus, slowing it down again. New work explaining the fast-then-slow movement of Jakobshavn may help scientists better predict how tidewater glaciers contribute to sea level rise. Find out more...

What seabirds can tell us about the tide

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 08:47:06 EST ~ Razorbill tag data revealed that, at night, these seabirds spent a lot of their time idle on the sea surface. 'We saw this as an opportunity to (...) test if the birds might be drifting with the tidal current,' says one of the researchers. It turns out they were, according to a new Ocean Science study that shows the potential of using seabirds to measure ocean currents. Find out more...

Whale songs' changing pitch may be response to population, climate changes

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 18:21:53 EST ~ Blue whales have been dropping pitch incrementally over several decades, but the cause has remained a mystery. A new study finds a seasonal variation in the whales' pitch correlated with breaking sea ice in the southern Indian Ocean. The new research also extends the mysterious long-term falling pitch to related baleen whales and rules out noise pollution as the cause of the global long-term trend, according to the study's authors. Find out more...