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Tropical Storm Magda puts North Western Australian on alert
An area of low pressure in the Southern Indian Ocean, located close to Australia's northwestern coast was being watched for development yesterday. This morning it exploded into Tropical Storm Madga. NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, or TRMM satellite noticed that Magda's outer rainbands were already affecting land today. (2010-01-21)

NASA's TRMM satellite measures Cyclone Laurence's heavy rainfall
Tropical Cyclone Laurence dropped heavy rainfall over Northwest Australia last week, and NASA and the Japanese Space Agency's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, or TRMM satellite measured that rainfall from its orbit in space. (2009-12-31)

Bowman creates graphic translation of climate change data
Bowman has created a more effective translation of key IPCC figures in a new graphic format that help nonscientists appreciate our situation and opportunities. He has begun presenting this translation to learning institutions in order to improve climate science communication to the public. (2009-12-16)

TRMM sees 05B winding down off the Sri Lanka coast
Tropical Depression 05B is dissipating on the east coast of Sri Lanka today and over the next couple of days, but not before bringing some moderate and heavy rain over the next couple of days to some areas in Sri Lanka and the southeast coast of India, from Chennai, southward. (2009-12-14)

Tropical Storm Laurence set for second Australian landfall
Tropical Storm Laurence tracked through Darwin Australia this weekend before sliding back into the Timor Sea and now Laurence is forecast to make a second landfall in Australia. Laurence is forecast to make landfall north of Wyndham then parallel the coastline while moving over land for the next couple of days. (2009-12-14)

Climate change in Kuwait Bay
Since 1985, seawater temperature in Kuwait Bay, northern Arabian Gulf, has increased on average 0.6 degrees Celsius per decade. This is about three times faster than the global average rate reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Differences are due to regional and local effects. Increased temperatures are having profound effects on key habitats and on power generation the Arabian Gulf. (2009-11-30)

Researchers establish common seasonal pattern among bacterial communities in Arctic rivers
New research on bacterial communities throughout six large Arctic river ecosystems reveals predictable temporal patterns, suggesting that scientists could use these communities as markers for monitoring climate change in the polar regions. The study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition, shows that bacterial communities in the six rivers shifted synchronously over time, correlating with seasonal shifts in hydrology and biogeochemistry. (2009-11-24)

Supervolcano eruption -- in Sumatra -- deforested India 73,000 years ago
A new study provides (2009-11-23)

Satellite imagery confirms Ida's low is finally moving away from the east coast
Satellite imagery and weather ground station readings today along the Mid-Atlantic indicate (2009-11-13)

Ida now a coastal low assaulting the Mid-Atlantic
Ida is one stubborn girl. Her remnants have moved out to sea and reformed as a powerful coastal low pressure system that's been raining on the mid-Atlantic since Tuesday night, Nov. 10. The GOES-12 satellite showed its cloud cover stretching from North Carolina up to Maine. (2009-11-12)

NOAA deploys new 'smart buoy' off Annapolis
NOAA deployed the seventh in a series of (2009-11-11)

A motley collection of boneworms
It sounds like a classic horror story -- eyeless, mouthless worms lurk in the dark, settling onto dead animals and sending out green (2009-11-10)

The bizarre lives of bone-eating worms
Female Osedax marine worms feast on submerged bones via a complex relationship with symbiotic bacteria, and they are turning out to be far more diverse and widespread than scientists expected. Californian researchers have found that up to twelve further distinct evolutionary lineages exist beyond the five species already described. The new findings about these beautiful sea creatures with unusual sexual and digestive habits are published today in the online open access journal BMC Biology. (2009-11-09)

Past climate of the northern Antarctic Peninsular informs global warming debate
The seriousness of current global warming is underlined by a reconstruction of climate at Maxwell Bay in the South Shetland Islands of the Antarctic Peninsula over approximately the last 14,000 years, which appears to show that the current warming and widespread loss of glacial ice are unprecedented. (2009-11-06)

NASA's Robert F. Cahalan elected Fellow of the American Meteorological Society
Robert F. Cahalan, head of the Climate and Radiation Branch of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Laboratory for Atmospheres in the Earth Sciences Division, in Greenbelt, Md., was recently elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. (2009-11-03)

Tags reveal white sharks have neighborhoods in the north Pacific, say Stanford researchers
A tracking study of white sharks in the northeastern Pacific Ocean shows they adhere to a rigid route of migration across the sea, returning to precisely the same spot along the California coast each time they come back, according to a team of researchers including some from Stanford University. Over time, this behavior has made the population in the northeastern Pacific genetically distinct from other white shark populations. (2009-11-03)

Navy researchers apply science to fire fighting
Today's Navy scientists are conducting research to insure that sailors and their ships can be protected from the deadly effects of fire. The Navy Technology Center for Safety & Survivability, located at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., carries out research aimed to solve current and future Navy problems regarding combustion, fire extinguishment, fire modeling and scaling, damage control and atmosphere hazards. (2009-11-02)

NOAA and Smithsonian project to improve Chesapeake and Delaware bays' nearshore habitat management
NOAA has awarded the Smithsonian Institution's Environmental Research Center and several partner organizations $946,000 for the first year of an anticipated five-year, $5 million collaborative project to study the degradation of nearshore coastal habitats in the Chesapeake and Delaware bays. (2009-10-31)

Seed fund for UC bioscience companies launches at Mission Bay
The California Institute of Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) is collaborating with a newly launched $7.5 million fund to provide start-up capital for University of California bioscience entrepreneurs and a long-term endowment for QB3. (2009-10-27)

Fortuitous research provides first detailed documentation of tsunami erosion
For the first time, a group of scientists working in the Kuril Islands off the east coast of Russia has documented the scope of tsunami-caused erosion and found that a wave can carry away far more sand and dirt than it deposits. (2009-10-27)

As Greenland melts
Not that long ago -- the blink of a geologic eye -- global temperatures were so warm that ice on Greenland could have been hard to come by. Today, the largest island in the world is covered with ice 1.6 miles thick. Even so, Greenland has become a hot spot for climate scientists. Why? Because tiny bubbles trapped in the ice layers may help resolve a fundamental question about global warming: how fast and how much will ice sheets melt? (2009-10-19)

Nature of Eyreville cores, Chesapeake Bay impact structure, revealed
In 2005 and 2006, this multidisciplinary deep drilling project, conceived and organized by the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program and the US Geological Survey, continuously cored three boreholes to a total depth of 1.766 km near the center of the Chesapeake Bay impact structure in Northampton County, Va. This new GSA Special Paper presents the initial results of geologic, petrographic, geochemical, paleontologic, geophysical, hydrologic and microbiologic analyses of these Eyreville cores. (2009-10-16)

Int'l Fisheries Task Force to meet in Portland, Maine, to develop smart management plans for forage fish
The Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force will meet from October 12-14 in Portland, Maine, to continue developing critical management recommendations for (2009-10-10)

Gulf of Maine Symposium in Saint Andrews-by-the-Sea, Plenary Sessions held Oct. 6-9, 2009
Two hundred leading marine scientists, managers and policy makers from the US and Canada have come together in Saint Andrews-by-the-Sea to further their collective knowledge about one of world's most productive marine ecosystems, the Gulf of Maine. Plenary sessions for the Gulf of Maine Symposium will be held Oct. 6-9 at the Fairmont Algonquin in St. Andrews to discuss sustainability of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. (2009-10-05)

UMCES researchers launch freshwater marsh study
A team of researchers from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Laboratory is launching a three-year research study to forecast the effects of environmental change on the formation of freshwater marsh ecosystems. The research, supported by a $620,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, will focus on the Potomac River's Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve near Alexandria, Va. (2009-10-02)

Baltimore City Public Schools honored for healthy menu
The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future today recognized the Baltimore City Public Schools with the Center's 2009 Award for Visionary Leadership in Local Food Procurement and Food Education. The CLF award recognizes individuals and groups for (2009-09-29)

High-tech nuke detectors check Puget Sound small vessels for WMD
More than 300 trained maritime law enforcement and first responder personnel from federal, state, local and tribal agencies participated in an operational maritime exercise in Puget Sound this week. Maritime law enforcement and first responders conducted non-intrusive small vessel radiological screenings at three Puget Sound security zones located at Admiralty Inlet, Bellingham Bay and North Skagit Bay. (2009-09-25)

Arctic oil: A boon for nest predators
A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and other groups reveals how oil development in the Arctic is impacting some bird populations by providing (2009-09-08)

The invasive green mussel may inspire new forms of wet adhesion
The green mussel is known for being a notoriously invasive fouling species, but scientists have just discovered that it also has a very powerful form of adhesion in its foot, according to a recent article in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The stickiness of the mussel's foot could possibly be copied to form new man-made adhesives. (2009-08-27)

Early fire use ignites discussion about the evolution of human brainpower
New evidence that early modern humans used fire in southern Africa in a controlled way to increase the quality and efficiency of stone tools is changing how researchers understand the evolution of human behavior, and in particular, the evolution of human brain power. (2009-08-13)

NOAA announces funding to support the Alliance for Coastal Technologies
NOAA's Integrated Ocean Observing System has awarded more than $1.2 million in competitive grant funding to the Alliance for Coastal Technologies, a NOAA-funded partnership of research institutions, resource managers, and private sector companies. ACT will oversee the development and adoption of effective and reliable sensors and sensor platforms for environmental monitoring and long-term coastal ocean resources stewardship. (2009-08-12)

'Hydropalooza' provides deeper understanding of Alaska's Kachemak Bay
NOAA ships and scientists have returned to Alaska's Kachemak Bay to kick off year two of Hydropalooza -- a NOAA-led project to develop the most detailed seafloor and coastline maps ever generated of the area. Kachemak Bay, one of Alaska's most productive and ecologically diverse estuaries, supports maritime commerce, ferry transportation, fishing, and recreational boating. Up-to-date NOAA nautical charts are needed to ensure safe navigation, manage coastal resources and support local planning. (2009-08-12)

NOAA announces funding to support ocean observing in the mid-Atlantic
NOAA's Integrated Ocean Observing System has awarded more than $2.7 million in competitive grant funding to the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association, coordinated through the University of Delaware, in support of continued development of a comprehensive ocean observing system for the Mid-Atlantic region. (2009-08-12)

Scientists warn restoration-based environmental markets may not improve ecosystem health
While policymakers across of the globe are relying on environmental restoration projects to fuel emerging market-based environmental programs, an article in the July 31 edition of Science by two noted ecologists warns that these programs still lack the scientific certainty needed to ensure that restoration projects deliver the environmental improvements being marketed. (2009-07-30)

'Shifting Sands' highlights past, present and future of Maryland coastal bays ecosystem
A team of 80 researchers from more than 20 organizations has teamed up to author (2009-07-30)

AAAS Pacific division scientific conference to meet in San Francisco Aug. 14 - 19
The American Association for the Advancement of Science's Pacific Division will convene its 2009 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, bringing together scholars from the Western US to share their work. Marking 150 years since publication of Charles Darwin's (2009-07-27)

Medical ethics and Guantanamo Bay: Time for reform
A viewpoint in this week's Lancet proposes reforms at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, with respect to medical ethics and the medical status of detainees. The viewpoint highlights the problem of the US Armed Forces investigating themselves, and is written by Professor George Annas, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Mass., and Leonard Rubenstein, Physicians for Human Rights, Cambridge, Mass., and United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C. (2009-07-23)

OSU researchers receive NSF grant, will travel to Antarctica
Dr. Alex Simms, assistant professor in the Boone Pickens School of Geology, and Dr. Regina DeWitt, assistant research professor in the physics department, have received a $199,978 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue a research project on sea level changes in Antarctica. Next spring, Simms and two graduate students will travel to the continent to collect samples of beach deposits. (2009-07-20)

New research provides insight into ice sheet behavior
A new study published this week takes scientists a step further in their quest to understand how Antarctica's vast glaciers will contribute to future sea-level rise. Reporting in the journal Nature Geoscience, scientists from British Antarctic Survey and University of Durham describe how a new 3-D map created from radar measurements reveals features in the landscape beneath a vast river of ice, 10 times wider than the Rhine, in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. (2009-07-20)

Invasive species threaten critical habitats, oyster among victims
A study of oyster reefs in a once-pristine California coastal estuary found them devastated by invasive Atlantic Coast crabs and snails, providing new evidence of the consequences when human activities move species beyond their natural borders. (2009-07-17)

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