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A recent paper in the Journal of Physical Oceanography details the specific challenges posed by the many millions of tons of plastic dumped into the ocean every years. The findings indicate that solving the problem may have complicating factors beyond just raw scale (4.8 million to 12.7 million metric tons of dumped in 2015 alone). Read about the research on EurekAlert!.

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Public Release: 2-Mar-2016
Scientific Reports
Overfishing increases fluctuations in aquatic ecosystems
Overfishing reduces fish populations and promotes smaller sizes in fish. The fish also reach sexual maturity earlier than normal. However, the impact of overfishing is not restricted to fish: as the predators at the top of the food web dwindle, the stability of the entire aquatic ecosystem is at risk.

Contact: Anna Kuparinen
anna.kuparinen@helsinki.fi
University of Helsinki

Public Release: 2-Mar-2016
Seven miles deep, ocean still a noisy place
For what may be the first time, NOAA and partner scientists eavesdropped on the deepest part of the world's ocean and instead of finding a sea of silence, discovered a cacophony of sounds both natural and caused by humans.

Contact: Monica Allen
monica.allen@noaa.gov
301-734-1123
NOAA Headquarters

Public Release: 2-Mar-2016
Nature
Study shows whales dine with their own kind
Researchers from MIT, Northeastern University, the Institute of Marine Research in Norway, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, have found that as multiple species of whales feast on herring, they tend to stick with their own kind, establishing species-specific feeding centers along the 150-mile length of Georges Bank.
Ocean Acoustics Program of the Office of Naval Research, National Science Foundation, National Oceanographic Partnership Program, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Census of Marine Life

Contact: Abby Abazorius
abbya@mit.edu
617-253-2709
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 1-Mar-2016
Nature Reviews Microbiology
Cholera-like disease 'piggybacking' on El Niño to reach new shores
New research published in Nature Microbiology suggests waterborne diseases are being spread by El Niño.

Contact: Andy Dunne
a.j.dunne@bath.ac.uk
44-796-634-1431
University of Bath

Public Release: 1-Mar-2016
Wayne State to evaluate possible link between Flint water system and health problems
Wayne State University announced today that it has formed the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership. The research group, led by Wayne State researchers specializing in environmental engineering and public health, will conduct an independent study to evaluate the possible association between changes in Flint's water system and public health, specifically the recent Legionnaires' disease outbreak.
Michigan State Department of Health and Human Services

Contact: Julie O'Connor
julie.oconnor@wayne.edu
313-577-8845
Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research

Public Release: 1-Mar-2016
Methods in Ecology and Evolution
The overlooked commotion of particle motion in the ocean
In response, researchers from the universities of Exeter, Bristol and Leiden and CEFAS have developed a user-friendly introduction to particle motion, explaining how and when it ought to be measured, and provide open-access analytical tools to maximize its uptake.

Contact: Duncan Sandes
d.sandes@exeter.ac.uk
University of Exeter

Public Release: 1-Mar-2016
Project with ground-breaking sub-marine CCS experiment starts today
The world's first 'real world' deep-water controlled experiment to simulate an emission from a submerged carbon dioxide storage reservoir aims to further verify the safety of offshore carbon dioxide capture and storage.
European Union's Horizon2020 Project

Contact: Holly Peacock
holly.peacock@noc.ac.uk
0238-059-6388
National Oceanography Centre, UK

Public Release: 1-Mar-2016
Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology
New research helps solve the riddle of the ocean carbon conundrum
Initially, the fact that the oceans are absorbing a significant amount of the carbon dioxide we pump into the atmosphere by burning biomass and fossil fuels would appear to be a good thing. However, as more carbon dioxide dissolves into the oceans, it changes the pH of the seawater (a process called ocean acidification), making it difficult for some marine life to survive.

Contact: Duncan Sandes
d.sandes@exeter.ac.uk
University of Exeter

Public Release: 29-Feb-2016
Journal of Fluid Mechanics
New theory of deep-ocean sound waves may aid tsunami detection
Researchers at MIT have now identified a less dramatic though far more pervasive source of acoustic-gravity waves: surface ocean waves, such as those that can be seen from a beach or the deck of a boat. These waves, known as surface-gravity waves, do not travel nearly as fast, far, or deep as acoustic-gravity waves, yet under the right conditions, they can generate the powerful, fast-moving, and low-frequency sound waves.

Contact: Abby Abazorius
abbya@mit.edu
617-253-2709
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Public Release: 29-Feb-2016
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
First evidence that constant stress causes organisms to program changes in offspring
Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have now provided the first evidence that stable environments like constant predator threats, not unstable conditions, generate the non-genetic behavioral changes known as 'transgenerational response' in the next generation.
University of Texas at Arlington Research Enhancement Program

Contact: Louisa Kellie
louisa.kellie@uta.edu
817-524-8926
University of Texas at Arlington

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