The reef at North Rock, Bermuda, similar to the reef (Sea Venture Shoals) where coral fragments were collected for this study. Credit: Stacy Peltier New research shows that pulses of cooler deep water reduced heat stress responses in corals. The risk of severe coral bleaching—a condition in which corals lose […]

Animation Earth’s oceans help to slow global warming by absorbing carbon from our atmosphere – but fully observing this crucial process in the upper ocean and lower atmosphere is difficult, as measurements are taken not where it occurs, the sea surface, but several meters below. New research uses data from […]

Nova Southeastern University researchers lead team studying smooth hammerhead sharks. They are some of the most iconic and unique-looking creatures in our oceans. While some may think they look a bit “odd,” one thing researchers agree on is that little is known about hammerhead sharks. Many of the 10 hammerhead […]

Sea ice can act as an agent of climate change on a variety of timescales and spatial scales—it’s not just a passive responder to change. The Little Ice Age may have arisen “out of the blue,” from internal variability within the climate system, rather than in response to an external […]

An artist’s rendering of undersea earthquake waves. Credit: Caltech Despite climate change being most obvious to people as unseasonably warm winter days or melting glaciers, as much as 95 percent of the extra heat trapped on Earth by greenhouse gases is held in the world’s oceans. For that reason, monitoring […]

This image depicts viral infection of an Emiliania huxleyi cell superimposed on a satellite image of an E. huxleyi bloom in the Barents Sea. Credit: MODIS, NASA; Steve Gschmeissner, Photo Researchers Inc.; Kay Bidle & Christien Laber, Rutgers University Ocean algae get ‘coup de grace’ from viruses. Viruses don’t immediately […]

A living foraminifera, a type of marine plankton, that researchers grew in laboratory culture. To reconstruct past climate, fossilized specimens are collected from deep sea sediments. Credit: Bärbel Hönisch/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory The closest analog to modern times is no longer very close, study finds. A new study of an ancient […]

Ocean Carbon Uptake Widely Underestimated The world’s oceans soak up much more carbon than most scientific models suggest, according to new research. Previous estimates of the movement of carbon (known as “flux”) between the atmosphere and oceans have not accounted for temperature differences at the water’s surface and a few […]