Repeated catastrophic ice discharges from western North America into the North Pacific contributed to, and perhaps triggered, hemispheric-scale changes in the Earth’s climate during the last ice age, new research published in Science reveals. The discovery provides new insight into the impact rapidly melting ice flowing into the North Pacific may have […]

Two researchers from Trinity College Dublin are among a four-strong team of principal investigators spearheading a new €10.4 million project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) to assess the importance of marine life to human societies during the last two millennia, with a focus on understanding the consequences of […]

MIT researchers have built a battery-free pinpointing system dubbed Underwater Backscatter Localization (UBL). This photo shows the battery-free sensor encapsulated in a polymer before it is dipped into the Charles river. Credit: Reza Ghaffarivardavagh New approach could spark an era of battery-free ocean exploration, with applications ranging from marine conservation […]

Coral images: Analysis of the fossil remains of deep-sea corals (pictured here) were used to examine the history of the oceans and connections to global climate. Credit: Dann Blackwood, USGS The fossilized remains of ancient deep-sea corals may act as time machines providing new insights into the effect the ocean […]

(l-r) Jonny Wu, assistant professor of geology in the UH Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Spencer Fuston, a third-year geology doctoral student, applied a technique developed by the UH Center for Tectonics and Tomography called slab unfolding to reconstruct what tectonic plates in the Pacific Ocean looked like […]

Climate scientists Nicholas Balascio and Francois Lapointe working with an ice auger to drill in the 3.5m thick ice at South Sawtooth Lake, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut Territory, Canada. An ice auger extension is needed because the ice is so thick. Coring lake sediments can only be done after this tedious […]

This data image shows the monthly average sea surface temperature for May 2015. Between 2013 and 2016, a large mass of unusually warm ocean water – nicknamed the Blob – dominated the North Pacific, indicated here by red, pink, and yellow colors signifying temperatures as much as three degrees Celsius […]

An artist’s rendering of undersea earthquake waves. Credit: Caltech Using soundwaves cast from seafloor earthquakes, researchers demonstrate a new take on a largely abandoned way to measure ocean warming worldwide — seismic ocean thermometry. The method, which they tested in the East Indian Ocean and where they uncovered a decadal […]

The prevailing theory has been that sea ice can act as a lid to keep carbon in the ocean from escaping back to the atmosphere. However, researchers at MIT have now identified a counteracting effect that suggests Antarctic sea ice may not be as powerful a control on the global […]