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Public Release: 16-Mar-2015
Nature Geoscience
East Antarctica melting could be explained by oceanic gateways
Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have discovered two seafloor gateways that could allow warm ocean water to reach the base of Totten Glacier, East Antarctica's largest and most rapidly thinning glacier. The discovery probably explains the glacier's extreme thinning and raises concerns about how it will affect sea level rise. Their research was published in the March 16 edition of the journal Nature Geoscience.
Natural Environment Research Council, National Science Foundation, Australian Antarctic Division, NASA, G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation, University of Texas at Austin's Jackson School of Geosciences

Contact: Monica Kortsha
University of Texas at Austin

Public Release: 16-Mar-2015
NOAA announces novel feeder for juvenile and larval fish
NOAA Fisheries researchers have developed a fish feeder that allows fish farmers to automatically feed young fish on a recurrent basis while protecting the feed from oxidation and clumping. The patent-pending Microparticulate Feeder for Larval and Juvenile Fish was developed at NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Wash., and is now available for licensing by a qualified US company.

Contact: Michael Milstein
NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

Public Release: 16-Mar-2015
Nature Climate Change
Study: Past warming increased snowfall on Antarctica, affecting global sea level
A new study confirms that snowfall in Antarctica will increase significantly as the planet warms, offsetting future sea level rise from other sources -- but the effect will not be nearly as strong as many scientists previously anticipated because of other, physical processes.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Peter Clark
Oregon State University

Public Release: 16-Mar-2015
Nature Geoscience
Warm ocean water is making Antarctic glacier vulnerable to significant melting
Researchers have discovered a valley underneath East Antarctica's most rapidly-changing glacier that delivers warm water to the base of the ice, causing significant melting.
Natural Environment Research Council, National Science Foundation, Australian Antarctic Division, NASA's Operation IceBridge, G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation

Contact: Hayley Dunning
Imperial College London

Public Release: 16-Mar-2015
Nature Climate Change
Global warming brings more snow to Antarctica
Although it sounds paradoxical, rising temperatures might result in more snowfall in Antarctica. Each degree Celsius of regional warming could increase snowfall on the ice continent by about 5 percent, an international team of scientists now quantified. The results provide a missing link for future projections of Antarctica's critical contribution to sea-level rise. However, the increase in snowfall will not save Antarctica from losing ice.

Contact: Jonas Viering
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Public Release: 16-Mar-2015
Nature Geoscience
Frequency of tornadoes, hail linked to El Niño, La Niña
A new study shows that El Niño and La Niña conditions can help predict the frequency of tornadoes and hail storms in some of the most susceptible regions of the United States.

Contact: Francesco Fiondella
The Earth Institute at Columbia University

Public Release: 15-Mar-2015
BMC Ecology
Rare glimpse into how coral procreates could aid future conservation
A rare and threatened Caribbean coral species has for the first time been successfully bred and raised in the lab, according to research published in the open-access journal BMC Ecology. The study provides the first photos of juveniles of this species, and could provide information to help bolster local coral reef conservation. The team plans to 'out-plant' these lab-grown juveniles in the wild which could help populations become more resilient to climate change.

Contact: Joel Winston
BioMed Central

Public Release: 14-Mar-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
New research finds oceanic microbes behave in a synchrony across ocean basins
Researchers from the University of Hawai'i - Manoa and colleagues found that microbial communities in different regions of the Pacific Ocean displayed strikingly similar daily rhythms in their metabolism despite inhabiting extremely different habitats -- the nutrient-rich waters off California and the nutrient-poor waters north of Hawai'i. Furthermore, in each location, the dominant photoautotrophs appear to initiate a cascade effect wherein the other major groups of microbes perform their metabolic activities in a coordinated and predictable way.
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, National Science Foundation, Simons Foundation, NASA, David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Contact: Marcie Grabowski
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Public Release: 13-Mar-2015
NASA sees fading rare south Atlantic storm 90Q, one of three since 2004
Just one day after it formed, the southern Atlantic Ocean the now former sub-tropical storm 90Q appeared to be fizzling out on NASA satellite imagery. Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite showed little convection associated with the storm on March 12. Sub-tropical and tropical storms are rare in the Southern Atlantic, and this one marks the third since 2004.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 13-Mar-2015
Tropical Cyclone Nathan crawling in NASA satellite imagery
Tropical Cyclone Nathan has made its cyclonic loop in the Coral Sea near Queensland, Australia's Cape York Peninsula, and is headed away from land. However, satellite imagery reveals that Nathan's movement away from Queensland is a slow crawl.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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