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Public Release: 3-Feb-2016
In the Southern Ocean, a carbon-dioxide mystery comes clear
Twenty thousand years ago, low concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere allowed the earth to fall into the grip of an ice age. But despite decades of research, the reasons why levels of the greenhouse gas were so low then have been difficult to piece together. New research, published today in the leading journal Nature, shows that a big part of the answer lies at the bottom of the world.

Contact: Kevin Krajick
The Earth Institute at Columbia University

Public Release: 3-Feb-2016
Ready for the high seas?
Carlos Duarte and colleagues at the KAUST Red Sea Research Center have sequenced and analyzed the genome of Zostera marina, a widespread genus of seagrass found in temperate waters of the northern hemisphere. Their results show that seagrass ancestors underwent several major evolutionary changes before they migrated from shallow ponds back into deep seas.

Contact: Michelle D'Antoni
King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)

Public Release: 3-Feb-2016
Nature Communications
Antarctic study identifies melting ice sheet's role in sea level rise
Loss of ice in Antarctica caused by a warming ocean could raise global sea levels by three metres, research suggests.
Natural Environment Research Council, British Antarctic Survey

Contact: Catriona Kelly
University of Edinburgh

Public Release: 3-Feb-2016
Global Biogeochemical Cycles
Greenland ice sheet releasing 'Mississippi River' worth of phosphorus
Not only is Greenland's melting ice sheet adding huge amounts of water to the oceans, it could also be unleashing 400,000 metric tons of phosphorus every year -- as much as the mighty Mississippi River releases into the Gulf of Mexico, according to a new study.

Contact: Simon Davies
University of Bristol

Public Release: 3-Feb-2016
Warming ocean may bring major changes for US northeast fishery species
NOAA scientists have released the first multispecies assessment of just how vulnerable U.S. marine fish and invertebrate species are to the effects of climate change. The study examined 82 species that occur off the Northeastern U.S., where ocean warming is occurring rapidly. Researchers found that most species evaluated will be affected, and that some are likely to be more resilient to changing ocean conditions than others.
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, NOAA Ocean Acidification Program

Contact: Shelley Dawicki
NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Public Release: 3-Feb-2016
Penguin chicks huddle up for heat, protection
Location and environmental conditions may influence when gentoo chicks huddle in cold, wet Antarctic conditions, according to a study published Feb. 3, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Caitlin Black from the University of Oxford, and colleagues.

Contact: Kayla Graham

Public Release: 3-Feb-2016
The Auk: Ornithological Advances
DNA analysis of sandpiper feces reveals a broad diet
The researchers behind a forthcoming study in The Auk: Ornithological Advances have shown that semipalmated sandpipers on their annual stopover in Canada's Bay of Fundy eat a far broader diet than anyone suspected -- and they did it by analyzing poop.

Contact: Rebecca Heisman
Central Ornithology Publication Office

Public Release: 2-Feb-2016
Global Biogeochemical Cycles
Study shows North Atlantic Ocean CO2 storage doubled over last decade
A University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science-led study shows that the North Atlantic absorbed 100 percent more man-made carbon dioxide over the last decade, compared to the previous decade. The findings show the impact that the burning of fossil fuels have had on the world's oceans in just 10 years.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Diana Udel
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Public Release: 2-Feb-2016
NSF awards rapid response grants to study current El Niño, one of the strongest on record
El Niño: What effect will it have on weather, on flooding and landslides, and on economically important coastal ecosystems?

Contact: Cheryl Dybas
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 2-Feb-2016
Journal of Phycology
Four new algae species discovered in Hawaii's deep waters
Scientists working with NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries announced the discovery of four new species of deep-water algae in Hawaii's Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The new species were collected between 200-400 feet, depths not typically known for marine algae.

Contact: Keeley Belva
NOAA Headquarters

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