Oceanography, climate & fisheries

By S. McClatchie | Scientific information on climate variability, ocean science and fisheries resources from a non-advocacy view point.

'Boaty McBoatface' makes debut in Liverpool

The vessel popularly known as Boaty McBoatface will make its debut on Saturday in Liverpool, where the hull will be launched into the River Mersey before shipbuilders get to work finishing the ship in wet basin.<p>RRS Sir David Attenborough – the boat was officially named after the naturalist after …

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July 2018 ENSO Update: Dog days

Odds for El Niño continue to grow. Our blogger discusses the forecast and its implications.

Weather

Without salmon, orcas could soon vanish from Pacific Northwest

Whales

Exploring the Interplay Between Ocean Eddies and the Atmosphere

Mesoscale eddies, circling currents a few hundred kilometers across, are omnipresent in the ocean. Ever-improving observations—from satellites, …

Climate Change

Forecasting Fire

NASA researchers have created a model that analyzes various weather conditions, including rainfall, to predict the formation and spread of …

Photos

Analysis: ‘Global’ warming varies greatly depending where you live

As part of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the international community committed in 2015 to limit rising global temperatures to “well below” …

Climate Change

Coastal nuisance flooding linked to special type of slow-moving ocean wave: Coastal communities may get some help to predict rising tides

Coastal communities may get some help to predict rising tides<p>A team of international researchers has found a link between seasonal fluctuations in …

Climate Change

Baltic Sea oxygen levels at '1,500-year low due to human activity'

The coastal waters of the Baltic have been starved of oxygen to a level unseen in at least 1,500 years largely as a result of modern human activity, scientists say. Nutrient run-off from agriculture and urban sewage are thought to be to blame.<p>“Dead zones” – areas of sea, typically near the bottom, …

Baltic Sea

Sharp Fall in Australian Fish Stocks Stokes Fight Over Marine Reserves

A hotly debated study that found a big decline in fish populations over the past decade comes as the government proposes to open up some marine …

Biodiversity

Exploring Fronts with Multiple Robots

The international team will be made up of researchers from LSTS and CIIMAR from Porto University in Portugal, Technical University of Cartagena in …

Rhode Island

Narwhals, walruses are most at risk from booming Arctic ship traffic

Melting sea ice means more for whales and polar bears than simply habitat loss. A new study suggests that a dramatic jump in Arctic shipping traffic, …

Walruses

36 years of bike race footage reveals how Belgium’s climate is changing

Green-thumbed grandmothers the world over have noticed a disturbing trend: Spring seems to be arriving earlier every year. But without hard data, …

Climate Change

‘Atlantification’ of Arctic sea tipping it towards new climate regime

Rising temperatures and declining sea ice are driving a “rapid climate shift” in the Arctic’s Barents Sea, a new study says.The research, published …

Global Warming

The Consequences of China’s Booming Demand for Seafood

Seafood consumption per capita in China has recently surpassed pork, according to China’s Ministry of Agriculture, and that has repercussions for …

Aquaculture

A Baby Boom Is Helping West Coast Starfish Recover After Die-Off

Scientists say a starfish populations are recovering from a devastating die-off with help from a massive baby boom.<p>A wasting disease in 2014 took an …

Oregon

News - SWFSC

<b>Real-time tracking of eddies and currents could help fishermen avoid protected species</b><p><b>Lagrangian Coherent Structure mapping identifies eddies and</b> …

Conservation

Mysteries of Indian monsoon probed in Bay of Bengal

NEWS<p>A hurricane-hunter plane and research ships aim to gather the most-detailed observations yet of ‘intraseasonal’ variations in rainfall.<p>Search …

Climate Change

Unmanned! Saildrone Expedition 2018 - Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Fisheries

Increase in storms could have ‘catastrophic impact’ on fishing industry

You have been directed to this page because the site you are trying to visit is offline, and has redirected their web traffic to the emergency backup …

Climate Change

Coral-reef fortifications save humans billions of dollars a year

Environmental sciences<p>Loss of reefs would send flood-damage costs soaring.<p>The flood-protection services provided by coral reefs are worth roughly …

Biology

Emperor Penguins’ Huddles Change in Response to Weather

On the frozen landscape of Antarctica, emperor penguins huddle together to shield against cold, windy, and harsh conditions. This lets the penguins …

Antarctica

Mysterious masses of seaweed assault Caribbean islands

In retrospect, 2011 was just the first wave. That year, massive rafts of <i>Sargassum</i>—a brown seaweed that lives in the open ocean—washed up on beaches …

Ocean Gliders Ride the Research Wave in the Agulhas Current

Western boundary currents, such as the warm Agulhas Current off the east coast of South Africa, significantly influence global and regional climate, …

Portland State College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

A new Portland State University study shows that not all populations of a single, widely spread tree species respond the same to climate change, …

Secrets of fish population changes revealed

Life cycle of the bicolor damselfish, showing that understanding how the population changes depends on simultaneously studying the juvenile and adult …

The 'dark fleet': Global Fishing Watch shines a light on illegal catches

New data is being used to expose fleets of previously unmonitored fishing vessels on the high seas, in what campaigners hope will lead to the eradication of illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.<p>Global Fishing Watch (GFW) has turned low light imaging data collected by the US National Oceanic …

Conservation

Identification of 'dark vessels'

<b>Using bright lights to reveal the ‘dark’ fleet</b><p><i>Christopher Elvidge with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Earth</i> …

Nutritional quality of fish and squid reduced by warm water periods - The University of Sydney

Research led by the University of Sydney shows that under warm water events the nutritional balance of fish and squid changes and is of lower …

Secret to whale shark hotspots

A study has uncovered the secret to why endangered whale sharks gather on mass at just a handful of locations around the world.