Archive for May, 2010

Algal blooms hit the poor of India hard

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In India, algal blooms are threatening poor people’s access to food and their livelihoods, a problem that has been exacerbated by global warming. Researchers in Sweden are to attempt to reduce the effects of algal blooms....

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Underwater robot sent to study Deepwater Horizon spill

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A high-tech robotic submersible has been sent to the oily waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The goal is to collect information about the oil plume from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig accident for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration....

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Newly Installed PORTS? Dedicated at Sabine-Neches Waterway [Feature]

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NOAA's Physical Oceanographic Real Time System keeps vessels of all sizes, and a sizable chunk of the U.S. economy, passing safely down the Lone Star State....

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Scientists detect huge carbon ‘burp’ that helped end last ice age

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Scientists have found the possible source of a huge carbon dioxide "burp" that happened some 18,000 years ago and which helped to end the last ice age....

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Could climate change and biodiversity of marine plankton in North Atlantic affect carbon cycle?

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Over the last decades, global warming has been accompanied by an increase in the taxonomic biodiversity of phytoplankton and zooplankton in the North Atlantic Ocean and a reduction in the average size of these organisms, according to researchers. They demonstrate that this structural modification of biological systems could bring about an alteration to the carbon sink in the North Atlantic and a reduction in the presence of subarctic fish such as cod....

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Microbes answer more questions collectively

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Studying whole microbial communities rather than individual microorganisms could help scientists answer fundamental questions such as how ecosystems respond to climate change or pollution....

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Undersea forces from hurricanes may threaten Gulf pipelines

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Hurricanes could snap offshore oil pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico and other hurricane-prone areas, since the storms whip up strong underwater currents, a new study suggests....

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What is the significance of the NOAA logo?

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In 1970, NOAA was officially recognized and all of its components were united under a common name and mission. One year later, NOAA's first administrator, Dr. Robert White, gave NOAA employees the choice of three designs to be the official emblem for the new agency....

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New methodology to define safe distances between sensitive ecosystems and marine farms

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Scientists have developed a methodology to detect the influence of discharges from open water fish farms on marine ecosystems. With this methodology, based on the analysis of the isotopic signal of nitrogen in the tissue of marine macrophytes, coastal managers can select areas which are suitable for aquaculture under ecological criteria, in order to establish a safe distance between the farm and the sensitive ecosystem....

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Scientists track plume of polluted groundwater to the sea

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In the first study of its kind, researchers have tracked a plume of polluted groundwater from a septic system to one of Northern California's top recreational beaches. The researchers say their findings could be an important step toward improving waste water management in coastal communities throughout the United States....

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