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High Gulf Water Temperatures Caused Hurricane Harvey

Waters in the Gulf of Mexico had record-breaking high temperatures in the weeks before Hurricane Harvey in Aug. 2017. A recent analysis published by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) shows that the high water temperatures caused increased evaporation that directly correlates with the record-breaking rainfall that flooded the Houston area during the storm. The authors were able to isolate Hurricane

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Former AGU Executive Director A. F. “Fred” Spilhaus Jr. Passes

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has reported that former executive director A. F. “Fred” Spilhaus Jr. died on April 30 at the age of 79. During his leadership as executive director from 1970 to 2009, his major accomplishments included huge expansions of AGU membership, staff and the organization’s income. He also introduced new scientific journals, conferences and was editor in

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Strange Coastal Ice Pack is Causing a Hazard for Ships

In spring 2017, the Canadian Coast Guard had to redirect its research icebreaker, CCGS Amundsen, off its scientific research course to perform search and rescue and ice escort activities off the coast of Newfoundland. The ice cover there is moving, and thick multiyear sea ice is transporting from its usual locations in the Lincoln Sea and Canadian Arctic Archipelago to

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