Oceanography, climate & fisheries

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

Surprise El Niño causes devastation but offers lessons for ecologists

How Peruvian coastal deserts respond to rains will aid future disaster response.<p>Torrential rains pummelled Peru’s northern coastal desert in February …

Ecology

Climate change is making algal blooms worse

Rising ocean temperatures drive more intense and longer lasting toxic outbreaks.<p>Researchers have long suggested that climate change could mean more …

Climate Change

New Study Suggests Overfishing in One of World’s Most Productive Fishing Regions

A new study suggests that more small-scale fishing boats are operating in the Gulf of California than is economically and ecologically sustainable, …

Oceans

How a Warming Planet Drives Human Migration

Climate change is not equally felt across the globe, and neither are its longer term consequences. This map overlays human turmoil — represented here by United Nations data on nearly 64 million “persons of concern,” whose numbers have tripled since 2005 — with climate turmoil, represented by data …

Geography

Coastal warming related to ‘the Blob’

The May 2015 monthly average sea surface temperature anomaly showing 'the Blob' of record warm temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. Along the US West …

Global Warming

Nile faces greater variability

The unpredictable annual flow of the Nile River is legendary, as evidenced by the story of Joseph and the Pharaoh, whose dream foretold seven years …

Climate Change

Water Is Streaming Across Antarctica | Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

In the first such continent-wide survey, scientists have found extensive drainages of meltwater flowing over parts of Antarctica’s ice during the …

Canary in the Kelp Forest

The one-two punch of warming waters and ocean acidification is predisposing some marine animals to dissolving quickly under conditions already …

Oceans

Can barnacle geese predict the climate?

<b>The breeding grounds of Arctic migratory birds such as the barnacle goose are changing rapidly due to accelerated warming in the polar regions. They</b> …

Biodiversity

Migration from sea-level rise could reshape cities inland

Athens, Ga. - When Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana in 2005, cities inland saw an influx of evacuees escaping the storm and its aftermath. Now, a …

Breaking Climate Change Research (Embargoed) Shows Global Warming Making Oceans More Toxic

Climate change is predicted to cause a series of maladies for world oceans including heating up, acidification, and the loss of oxygen. A newly …

Climate Change

Research sheds new light on forces that threaten sensitive coastlines

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Wind-driven expansion of marsh ponds on the Mississippi River Delta is a significant factor in the loss of crucial land in the …

What Happens When Ocean Eddies Hit a Wall?

Spanning tens to hundreds of kilometers, mesoscale eddies spiral and swirl across the ocean, transporting just as much water as wind or deeper …

Scuba Diving

Observing the Ocean

This is one of a series of Editors’ Vox that discovers how our Editors and Associate Editors fill their time when they’re not reviewing manuscripts …

Climate Change
Oceans
Oceans

Second year of widespread bleaching underway on the Great Barrier Reef

On the Great Barrier Reef and throughout the rest of the world, corals live in a symbiotic relationship with algae. Corals give algae shelter, and …

Oceans

A Close-Up Look at the Catastrophic Bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef, which stretches for more than 1,400 miles off Australia’s northeastern coast, has been called the largest living structure on …

Oceans

Take that, Europe. Computer modeler aims to give U.S. lead in weather predictions

From below the conference table comes the thrum of incoming phone alerts. The new weather forecast has rolled in, and the climate scientists, even …

Climate

Mapping the Topographic Fingerprints of Humanity Across Earth

Since geologic time began, Earth’s surface has been evolving through natural processes of tectonic uplift, volcanism, erosion, and the movement of …

Geography

El Nino Shifts Geographic Distribution of Cholera Cases in Africa

April 10, 2017<p>El Niño Shifts Geographic Distribution of Cholera Cases in Africa<p>During the warmer, wetter weather, 50,000 additional cases occur in …

Putting a price tag on biodiversity

• Conservationists have long sung the praises of carbon sequestration and biodiversity.<br>• A new model attaches a dollar amount to the loss or gain of …

Biodiversity

Scientists link recent California droughts and floods to distinctive atmospheric waves | UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

BOULDER, Colo. — The crippling wintertime droughts that struck California from 2013 to 2015, as well as this year's unusually wet California winter, …

Climate

Meteorologists Track Wildfires Using Satellite Smoke Images

Wildfires and controlled burns place special demands on the people who decide where and when to deploy firefighters, how to keep controlled burns …

Marine biology: The mesopelagic: Cinderella of the oceans

Marine biologyThe mesopelagic: Cinderella of the oceans<p>One of the least-understood parts of the sea is also one of the most important<p>print-edition …

Oceans

April 2017 ENSO update: Conflicting signals from the tropical Pacific Ocean

The tropical Pacific Ocean has been giving mixed signals recently, making a forecaster’s job even more difficult! In short, many of the computer …

Climate Change

Methane seeps in the Canadian high Arctic

Cretaceous climate warming led to a significant methane release from the seafloor, indicating potential for similar destabilization of gas hydrates …

Climate Change

Mysterious Intraseasonal Oscillations in Monsoons

India’s summer monsoon is a major event, single-handedly supplying water for agriculture across all of southern Asia. Because of its widespread …

Global Warming