Public Release: 9-Sep-2015 Marine biologists develop portable kit to preserve coral DNA at sea
A new portable laboratory kit developed by scientists at Northeastern University and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration extracts tissue and preserves the samples' DNA in record time, permitting the scientists to archive large amounts of the precious genetic material while in the field on expeditions.
Public Release: 9-Sep-2015 NASA sees Tropical Storm Etau drench Japan
NASA's GPM core satellite passed over Tropical Storm Etau as it moved across central Japan, dropping heavy rain. By Sept. 9, Etau had weakened and moved over the Sea of Japan where it is expected to dissipate.
Public Release: 9-Sep-2015
Nature Ocean life triggers ice formation in clouds
Researchers have shown for the first time that phytoplankton (plant life) in remote ocean regions can contribute to rare airborne particles that trigger ice formation in clouds. Results published this week in the journal Nature show that the organic waste from life in the oceans, which is ejected into the atmosphere along with sea spray from breaking waves, stimulates cloud droplets to freeze into ice particles.
Public Release: 8-Sep-2015 NASA sees wind shear affecting Tropical Storm Jimena
Strong vertical wind shear has been affecting Tropical Storm Jimena in the Central Pacific and pushing the clouds and storms west of the center, as seen in infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite.
Public Release: 8-Sep-2015 Fred fades in far Atlantic
Before Tropical Storm Fred fizzled in the Eastern Atlantic, NASA's Global Hawk flew overhead on September 5 and the Global Hawk's imagery was used to create a movie of the flyover as part of NOAA's SHOUT mission.
Public Release: 8-Sep-2015 NASA's GPM sees Grace weaken to a depression
The Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM core satellite flew over Grace in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean as it weakened to a depression. GPM found that the weaker storm only contained light rain.
Public Release: 8-Sep-2015 NASA sees Typhoon Kilo maintaining its eye
Typhoon Kilo continues to thrive in the Northwestern Pacific and imagery from NASA's Terra satellite late on Sept. 7 showed that the storm still maintained a clear eye.
Public Release: 8-Sep-2015 Clemson University researchers land $970,000 to develop clean water technology
A research team in Clemson University's College of Engineering and Science has received $970,000 to create new technology that could play a key role in providing safe water to a planet where one in six people still do not have access to it. Researchers will work toward developing the world's first computer models capable of testing the chemical coatings and geometric designs on membranes without having to create a prototype in the lab.
National Science Foundation
Public Release: 8-Sep-2015
Biology Letters Ocean acidification weighing heavily upon marine algae
Ocean acidification can weaken algal skeletons, reducing their performance and impacting upon marine biodiversity, say scientists in a new research paper published this week.
Public Release: 8-Sep-2015
Scientific Reports Delayed effects of oil spill compromise long-term fish survival
For 25 years, methodical research by scientists has investigated the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 on Alaskan communities and ecosystems. A new study released today into the effects of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska shows that embryonic salmon and herring exposed to very low levels of crude oil can develop hidden heart defects that compromise their later survival, indicating that the spill may have had much greater impacts on spawning fish than previously recognized.
Public Release: 7-Sep-2015 New England Wild Flower Society and partners get funds for East Coast habitat restoration
New England Wild Flower Society and two partner organizations have begun a $2.3 million project to collect seeds of native plants for restoration of coastal habitats from Maine to Virginia that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The two-year project is the first large-scale, coordinated seed banking effort in the eastern United States, and is part of $360 million in federal Hurricane Sandy mitigation funding from the Department of the Interior.
US Department of the Interior
Public Release: 7-Sep-2015
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Molting elephant seals add mercury to coastal seawater
As fish-eating predators at the top of the marine food chain, elephant seals accumulate high concentrations of mercury in their bodies. A new study by scientists at UC Santa Cruz shows that elephant seals shed significant amounts of mercury during molting, resulting in elevated concentrations of the toxic metal in coastal waters near the elephant seal rookery at Año Nuevo State Reserve.
Stevenson College (UC Santa Cruz), Dr. Earl H. Myers Oceanographic and Marine Biology Trust of Pebble Beach, Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation
Public Release: 4-Sep-2015 UTIA professors help launch new online wildlife disease reporting system
Researchers with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture were instrumental in creating a new online portal for scientists studying a disease that is threatening the global populations of amphibians, reptiles and fish. The new portal is called the Global Ranavirus Reporting System. Ranaviruses are emerging pathogens capable of causing systemic hemorrhaging in amphibians, reptiles and fish that has been characterized as the 'Ebola of ectothermic vertebrate species.'
Public Release: 4-Sep-2015 GPM sees weakening Tropical Storm Ignacio headed toward Canada
Hurricane Ignacio continues weakening as it moves over the colder waters of the Pacific Ocean far to the north of Hawaiian Islands. The Global Precipitation Measurement of GPM mission core satellite flew over Ignacio and analyzed the weaker storm's precipitation.
Public Release: 4-Sep-2015 NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP sees a weaker Hurricane Jimena
Hurricane Jimena is on a downward spiral and is expected to continue weakening. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite flew over Hurricane Jimena and saw the strongest thunderstorms were on its southern and northeastern sides. Jimena is expected to bring rough surf to the Hawaiian Islands over the weekend of Sept. 5 and 6.
Public Release: 3-Sep-2015 NASA shows upper-level westerly winds affecting Tropical Storm Fred
Upper-level westerly winds have been affecting Tropical Storm Fred in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean and continue to do so today, September 3. Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite showed the highest thunderstorms pushed southeast of the storm's center.
Public Release: 3-Sep-2015 NASA's Aqua Satellite sees Typhoon Kilo headed west
Typhoon Kilo is the westernmost tropical cyclone of a four storms in the Pacific Ocean basin on September 4. From west to east they include Typhoon Kilo, Hurricane Ignacio, Hurricane Jimena and Tropical Storm Kevin.
Public Release: 3-Sep-2015 NASA's Aqua Satellite sees Ignacio in a trio across the Pacific
The tropical trio of tropical cyclones continued on September 3 when NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Pacific Ocean. Images taken from several overpasses were put together to create a panorama of the Pacific that included Typhoon Kilo, Hurricane Ignacio and Hurricane Jimena.