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Public Release: 14-Jan-2015
Mark A. Cane selected as fellow of the Oceanography Society
The Oceanography Society would like to congratulate Professor Mark A. Cane on being selected as the newest Fellow of The Oceanography Society. The citation on Professor Cane's certificate recognizes him for contributions to the understanding and prediction of the El Nino-Southern Oscillation and the tropical oceans and their effects on climate and society. Professor Cane will be formally recognized during the Ocean Sciences Meeting, Feb. 21-26, 2016, in New Orleans, La.

Contact: Jennifer Ramarui
The Oceanography Society

Public Release: 14-Jan-2015
Two satellites measured rainfall in Tropical Depression Mekkhala
NASA's TRMM and GPM satellites provided a look at Tropical Depression Mekkhala's rainfall data that showed the area of moderate rainfall had expanded as the storm strengthened on Jan. 13.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 14-Jan-2015
NASA eyes Tropical Cyclone Bansi's eyewall replacement
Early on January 14 NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Bansi in the Southern Indian Ocean after it weakened from a Category 4 hurricane to a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Satellite data suggests that Bansi may be undergoing eyewall replacement.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 14-Jan-2015
Predicting coral reef futures under climate change
Researchers examining the impact of climate change on coral reefs have found a way to predict which reefs are likely to recover following bleaching episodes and which won't. Coral bleaching is the most immediate threat to reefs from climate change; it's caused when ocean temperatures become warmer than normal maximum summer temperatures, and can lead to widespread coral death.
Australian Research Council, Leverhulme Trust, Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

Contact: Eleanor Gregory
ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies

Public Release: 14-Jan-2015
Correcting estimates of sea level rise
The acceleration in global sea level from the 20th century to the last two decades has been significantly larger than scientists previously thought, according to a new Harvard study.

Contact: Peter Reuell
Harvard University

Public Release: 13-Jan-2015
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Climate and friends influence young corals choice of real estate
Researchers in Australia have found that where baby corals choose to settle is influenced by ocean temperature and the presence of their symbiotic algae in the water.
Australian Research Council

Contact: Eleanor Gregory
ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies

Public Release: 13-Jan-2015
First Northwestern Pacific tropical depression has moderate rainfall
NASA/JAXA's TRMM Satellite passed over newborn Tropical Depression 1W after it came together in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean on Jan. 13 and saw bands of moderate to heavy rainfall wrapping around the northern quadrant of the storm.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 13-Jan-2015
NASA sees major Tropical Cyclone Bansi north of Mauritius
NASA's Terra satellite passed Tropical Cyclone Bansi on Jan. 13 when it was about 170 nautical miles (195 miles/314 km) north of the Island of Mauritius and a major hurricane in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 13-Jan-2015
Stanford-led study says China's aquaculture sector can tip the balance in world fish supplies
China's booming aquaculture industry relies increasingly on fishmeal made from wild-caught fish. This practice depletes wild fish stocks and strains fragile ocean ecosystems, but a new Stanford-led study offers a more sustainable path.

Contact: Laura Seaman
Stanford University

Public Release: 13-Jan-2015
Surprise discovery off California exposes loggerhead 'lost years'
North Pacific loggerhead turtles hatch in Japan, with many later reappearing 6,000 miles away off southern Baja California to forage. The sighting late last year of numerous young turtles far off the Southern California Coast provides new insight into their their epic migration across the Pacific Ocean.

Contact: Michael Milstein
NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region

Public Release: 13-Jan-2015
Sizing up giants under the sea
Researchers sifted through multiple datasets and historical records to produce more accurate and comprehensive measurements for 25 species including the blue whale, giant squid, and great white shark. The team, comprised of a mix of scientists and students, also utilized social media to promote the research and reach potential collaborators from across the world.
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, National Science Foundation

Contact: Nicole Duncan
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)

Public Release: 12-Jan-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Greenland meltwater contributes to rising sea levels
As the largest single chunk of melting snow and ice in the world, the massive ice sheet that covers about 80 percent of Greenland is recognized as the biggest potential contributor to rising sea levels due to glacial meltwater.
NASA Cryospheric Sciences program

Contact: Jay Mwamba
City College of New York

Public Release: 12-Jan-2015
NASA's Aqua satellite spots Tropical Cyclone Bansi intensifying quickly
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Bansi on January 12 as it was intensifying rapidly and saw a cloud-covered eye in the storm's center. Bansi has triggered warnings for the island of Mauritius and is expected to continue intensifying while passing it.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 12-Jan-2015
Pharmacological Reviews
Fish peptide could help in battle against cardiovascular disease
A major international review of a peptide originally found in fish that could be used in the battle against cardiovascular disease has been published. Professor David Lambert from the University of Leicester's Department of Cardiovascular Sciences contributed to the review.

Contact: David Lambert
University of Leicester

Public Release: 12-Jan-2015
Physical Review Letters
They see flow signals: Researchers identify nature of fish's 'sixth sense'
A team of scientists has identified how a 'sixth sense' in fish allows them to detect flows of water, which helps resolve a long-standing mystery about how these aquatic creatures respond to their environment.
National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy

Contact: James Devitt
New York University

Public Release: 12-Jan-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
China's water stress set to worsen with transfer initiatives
New research paints a grim picture for the future of China's water supply, as its booming economy continues to heap pressure on its natural resources, according to scientists at the University of East Anglia, the University of Leeds and other international institutions. The findings are published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.
Economic and Social Research Council, Philip Leverhulme Prize, University of Leeds Cheney Fellowship, Worldwide Universities Network

Contact: Laura Potts
University of East Anglia

Public Release: 12-Jan-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
UCLA-led study shows how meltwater on Greenland's ice sheet contribute to rising sea levels
Using satellite and field work after an extreme melt event in Greenland, a UCLA-led study finds that melt-prone areas on its ice sheet develop a remarkably efficient drainage system of stunning blue streams and rivers that carry meltwater into moulins (sinkholes) and ultimately the ocean. However, the team's measurements at the ice's edge show that climate models alone can overestimate the volume of meltwater flowing to the ocean if they fail to account for water storage beneath the ice.

Contact: Meg Sullivan
University of California - Los Angeles

Public Release: 9-Jan-2015
Reviews in Fish­eries Sci­ence & Aqua­cul­ture
Recreational fishing in the Mediterranean is more harmful than previously thought
A total of 10 percent of adults living in developed countries practice recreational fishing, which in the Mediterranean Sea represents around 10 percent of the total production of fisheries. Despite its importance, this fishing is not as controlled or studied as professional fishing. For the first time, a study examines this activity, whose effects are increasingly more similar to traditional fishing. For this reason, scientists demand greater control.

Contact: SINC Team
FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology

Public Release: 8-Jan-2015
Journal of Evolutionary Biology
The devil is in the detail
Researchers have looked at a species of fish to help unravel one of the biggest mysteries in evolutionary biology.

Contact: Rachael Fergusson
Monash University

Public Release: 8-Jan-2015
Journal of Oceanography
Surviving typhoons
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology researcher Mary Grossmann studied micro-organisms during three typhoons to figure out what happened to the ocean's tiny creatures when the waters churn.

Contact: Kaoru Natori
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University

Public Release: 8-Jan-2015
Journal of Fish Biology
Scientists document longest-ever case of sperm storage in sharks
Steinhart Aquarium biologists at the California Academy of Sciences were taken aback when a shark egg case dropped by an adult bamboo shark, who spent nearly 4 years isolated from males, showed signs of healthy development. Their results, published in the Journal of Fish Biology, mark the longest documented case of sperm storage in any species of shark, and highlight a bright bit of news for the future of wild sharks threatened by overfishing and habitat loss.

Contact: Haley Bowling
California Academy of Sciences

Public Release: 8-Jan-2015
Nature Plants
Algae use same molecular machinery as land plants to respond to a plant hormone
Land-based plants -- including the fruits and vegetables in your kitchen -- produce and respond to hormones in order to survive. Scientists once believed that hormone signaling machinery only existed in these relatively complex plants. But new research from the University of Maryland shows that some types of freshwater algae can also detect ethylene gas -- the same stress hormone found in land plants -- and might use these signals to adapt to changing environmental conditions.
National Science Foundation, Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station, Belgian American Educational Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, American Society of Plant Biologists

Contact: Matthew Wright
University of Maryland

Public Release: 8-Jan-2015
Algae blooms create their own favorable conditions, new study finds
Fertilizers are known to promote the growth of toxic cyanobacterial blooms in freshwater and oceans worldwide, but a new multi-institution study shows the aquatic microbes themselves can drive nitrogen and phosphorus cycling in a combined one-two punch in lakes.
National Science Foundation

Contact: John Cramer
Dartmouth College

Public Release: 7-Jan-2015
Renewable Energy Journal
Wave energy integration costs should compare favorably to other energy sources
A new analysis suggests that large-scale wave energy systems developed in the Pacific Northwest should be comparatively steady, dependable and able to be integrated into the overall energy grid at lower costs than some other forms of alternative energy, including wind power.

Contact: Ted Brekken
Oregon State University

Public Release: 7-Jan-2015
Coral reefs threatened by a deadly combination of changing ocean conditions
The lowering of the ocean's pH is making it harder for corals to grow their skeletons and easier for bioeroding organisms to tear them down. Erosion rates increase tenfold in areas where corals are also exposed to high levels of nutrients, according to a study published January 2015 in the journal Geology. As sea level rises, these reefs may have a harder time growing toward the ocean surface, where they get sunlight they need to survive.
National Science Foundation, Nature Conservancy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coral Reef Conservation Program.

Contact: WHOI Media Office
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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