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Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
Suomi NPP satellite spots remnants of Tropical Cyclone 17S
Former Tropical Cyclone 17S was battered by northerly vertical wind shear and reduced to a remnant low pressure area in the Southern Indian Ocean. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the system on March 30 captured a visible image of the large area of remnant clouds streaming to the southeast.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
New details emerge on deep sea, marine-submerged bodies
Findings of a new Simon Fraser University study could benefit investigators when bodies are recovered in deep water. It's the first to document carcass (pig) taphonomy (the study of what happens to organisms after death) in the open, well-oxygenated waters of the Strait of Georgia. SFU criminologist Gail Anderson says the research demonstrates 'a dramatically different scavenging progression' than that seen earlier in nearby waters.

Contact: Gail Anderson
Simon Fraser University

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
Indian dancing frog's secretive tadpoles unearthed from sand beds
A new tadpole that burrows through sand has been unearthed from the streambeds in the Western Ghats of India, according to a study published March 30, 2016, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Gayani Senevirathne from the University of Peradeniya and colleagues.

Contact: Beth Jones

Public Release: 30-Mar-2016
Salmon are less aggressive in tanks with darker backgrounds
Coho salmon may be four times less aggressive in tanks with darker backgrounds than in tanks with light backgrounds, according to a study published March 30, 2016, in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Leigh Gaffney from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and colleagues.

Contact: Beth Jones

Public Release: 29-Mar-2016
Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
Beach replenishment may have 'far reaching' impacts on ecosystems
UC San Diego biologists who examined the biological impact of replenishing eroded beaches with offshore sand found that such beach replenishment efforts could have long-term negative impacts on coastal ecosystems.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Kim McDonald
University of California - San Diego

Public Release: 29-Mar-2016
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Better global ocean management
Rights-based approaches could double fish biomass and make 77 percent of world's fisheries biologically healthy within a decade.

Contact: James Badham
University of California - Santa Barbara

Public Release: 28-Mar-2016
Nature Geoscience
Earlier warnings for heat waves
In a new study, researchers from Harvard University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research have identified sea surface temperatures patterns that can predict extreme heat waves in the Eastern US up to 50 days in advance.
National Science Foundation, NASA, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Contact: Leah Burrows
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Public Release: 28-Mar-2016
112th Annual Meeting of GSA's Cordilleran Section
Complexities of the Cordillera: A View from 2016
Geoscientists from the North American Cordillera and beyond will convene in Ontario, California, on April 4-6, 2016, to discuss new and hot-topic science, expand on current studies, and explore the region's unique geologic features. The technical program and slate of field trips embrace the rich geology of the region, with emphases on such topics as petrology, volcanology, tectonics, paleontology, hydrogeology, and coastal processes.

Contact: Christa Stratton
Geological Society of America

Public Release: 28-Mar-2016
Nature Geoscience
Ocean temps predict US heat waves 50 days out, study finds
The formation of a distinct pattern of sea surface temperatures in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean can predict an increased chance of summertime heat waves in the eastern half of the United States up to 50 days in advance.
National Science Foundation

Contact: David Hosansky
National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Public Release: 28-Mar-2016
Journal of Climate
Climate change: Greenland melting tied to shrinking Arctic sea ice
Vanishing Arctic sea ice. Dogged weather systems over Greenland. Far-flung surface ice melting on the massive island. These dramatic trends and global sea-level rise are linked, according to a study coauthored by Jennifer Francis, a research professor in Rutgers University's Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, National Science Foundation, National Science Foundation of China

Contact: Todd B. Bates
Rutgers University

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