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Variation in Air Pressure Patterns Creates Extreme Ice Melt Conditions

Scientists have known for years that warming global climate is melting the Greenland ice sheet, the second largest ice sheet in the world. A new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), however, shows that the rate of melting might be temporarily increased or decreased by two existing climate patterns: the North Atlantic oscillation (NAO) and the Atlantic multi-decadal

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WHOI Sharkcam Engineer Speaks to Senate Committee

A senior engineer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Amy Kukulya, is testifying today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s sharks hearing. According to WHOI, “the hearing will examine innovations in shark research techniques and technology being used to improve American lives by increasing our understanding of oceans and fisheries, creating new innovations in engineering, and searching

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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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Time-Lapse Video Spies on Penguins to Gauge Foraging Habits

Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have developed a way to help determine the foraging success of Emperor penguins by using time-lapse video observations relayed to scientists thousands of miles away. The new remote sensing method is described in the May 2, 2018, issue of the Journal of Applied Physics. Determining Emperor penguins’ foraging success involves a two-step

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Ocean Acidification Makes it Harder for Corals to Build Skeletons

A new study published Jan. 29 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows how ocean acidification makes it harder for corals to build their skeletons. The study is based on research by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who extracted core samples from corals near Palau. Their work details the effects of acidification and will allow better

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U.S. Navy ROV Deployed to Recover Argentine Sub

RV Atlantis, operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, departs today on a mission to locate and recover the Argentine submarine, ARA San Juan, which went missing Nov. 15 with 44 crew members aboard. Atlantis was equipped this week with the U.S. Navy’s cable-operated underwater recovery vehicle (CURV), a 6,400-pound ROV that is equipped with high-resolution camera systems and sonar to detect targets in

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