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GL - Greenland's Retreating Glaciers Could Impact Local Ecology

A new study of Greenland's shrinking ice sheet reveals that many of the island's glaciers are not only retreating, but are also undergoing other physical changes.

International
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World - New Coral Species Discovered on Seabed Prized for Mining Potential

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Three species of black coral have been discovered on the seabed of the northern Pacific Ocean, an area where several countries have contracts to explore for metals including cobalt and nickel as they race to find new supplies of the key battery elements.

International
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World - Sea-Level Rise Global Observing System Proposed

University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science researcher Shane Elipot proposes a new approach to monitoring global sea-level rise.

International
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World - Geomagnetic Storms Probably Don't Cause Mass Cetacean Strandings

Solar-induced geomagnetic activity and mass strandings of whales and dolphins on shorelines both show seasonal patterns, but the beachings likely result from multiple environmental factors.

Coastwide
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NM - Occidental Petroleum Partners With New Mexico State University on Produced Water Research

A major oil and gas operator in the Permian Basin of southeast New Mexico is joining the State’s produced water research efforts, providing facilities for field testing in the region.

Gulf of Mexico
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Gulf of Mexico - Scientists at Work: Sloshing Through Marshes to See How Birds Survive Hurricanes

As Huricane Zeta menaces the Gulf Coast, residents know the drill: Board up windows, clear storm drains, gas up the car and stock up on water, batteries and canned goods. But how does wildlife ride out a hurricane?

International
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GL - Coastal Greenland Reshaped as Greenland Ice Sheet Mass Loss Accelerates

Ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet has accelerated significantly over the past two decades, transforming the shape of the ice sheet edge and therefore coastal Greenland, according to scientific research led by Twila Moon, deputy lead scientist of the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

International
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AUS - The Future Is Now: Long-Term Research Shows Ocean Acidification Ramping up on the Great Barrier Reef

Ocean acidification is no longer a somber forecast for the Great Barrier Reef but a present-day reality, a new study reveals.

International
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World - TCarta Develops AI-Based Commercial Bathymetric Mapping Technologies

TCarta Marine, a global provider of hydrospatial products, has announced development of new Machine Learning-based bathymetric mapping technologies – including creation of two software packages and commercial application of NASA’s ICESat-2 satellite – with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Pacific Northwest
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CAN - The Hidden Life of Kelp: How Sea Otters, Urchins and Starfish Make Ocean Forests

The following story is an excerpt from Heart of the Coast: Biodiversity and Resilience on the Pacific Edge by Tyee Bridge — a new, beautifully photographed introduction to B.C.'s coastal ecology, glaciology and archeology done in partnership with the Hakai Institute.

International
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World - The Global Push to Share Ocean Data

It’s often said that we know more about deep space than the deep sea. Marine scientists are working to change that.

International
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Russia - Expert: Kamchatka Fauna May Recover in Spring 2021 After Mass Deaths of Marine Animals

A type of toxic seaweed called Karenia, along with the low level of oxygen in the water, caused the mass deaths of marine animals in the Pacific Ocean’s Avacha Bay located in Kamchatka, Vice President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Andrey Adrianov said

International
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World - Coastal Permafrost More Susceptible to Climate Change Than Previously Thought

Research has found permafrost to be mostly absent throughout the shallow seafloor along a coastal field site in northeastern Alaska. That means carbon can be released from coastline sources much more easily than previously thought.

International
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World - Global 'BiteMap' Reveals How Marine Food Webs May Change With Climate

Where are small marine animals most vulnerable to getting eaten? The answer has big consequences for coastal ecosystems, where most of the world's fishing takes place, since predators can radically change underwater communities.

West Coast
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CA - Scientists to Study Biodiversity and Pharmaceutical Potential on Seafloor off California

Viewers can tune in live to watch trio of Scripps Oceanography researchers and their students explore the deep ocean

Southeast
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FL - Florida Could See a Sea Turtle Baby Boom—Thanks to Pandemic

Tourism is down, but nesting success may be up. Here’s what scientists are saying and how travelers can help.

International
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World - Marine Sponges Are Coral Reefs' Great Recyclers

Sponges eat the “marine snow” that falls from other organisms in the ocean

Coastwide
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USA - Quantum Spatial Completes Data Collection for NOAA's Largest Coastal Mapping Project

Unique Combination of Sensors Used to Gather High Resolution Topographic and Bathymetric Lidar Data Along 12,000 Square Miles of Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast Areas Not Surveyed Since Civil War Era

International
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UK - England’s Sea-Kit Leads Rivals in Race to Map Earth’s Seabed

On July 24 a 40-foot-long boat called Maxlimer set out from the port of Plymouth on the southern coast of England, steering southwest out of the English Channel into the open ocean.

Southeast
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FL - USF Partners With NOAA to Map the World's Oceans

The University of South Florida's College of Marine Science has entered into a $9 million agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Northeast
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NY - $2.1 Million Awarded for Sea Grant Research on NY's Coastal Environment

New York Sea Grant (NYSG) has awarded more than $2.1 million to support six coastal science research projects —three of which are being led by Stony Brook University faculty — that explore topics relating to and benefiting New York’s coastal environment, communities and economies.

Coastwide
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USA - GIS Toolbox for Estimating Wave Attenuation by Coastal Marshes Developed by NOAA Funded Study

A new free GIS toolbox, that estimates and maps the wave reduction intensity provided by marshes, makes it easier to evaluate marshes for coastal protection.

West Coast
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CA - The Secrets Stored Within Seaweed

New tools are helping scientists restore healthy ocean ecosystems

International
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World - Why There Is Hope That the World's Coral Reefs Can Be Saved

From coral farming to 3D printing, scientists are using novel methods to save a vital part of our ecosystem

International
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Nambia - Over 5000 Seal Pups Dead on Namibian Beach, Probe Underway

More than 5,000 seal pups had been found dead at Pelican Point beach in Namibia’s coastal town of Walvis Bay, NGO Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN) said on Wednesday.

International
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World - Are Corals Genetically Equipped to Survive Climate Change?

In 1998, ocean temperatures soared, and the world experienced its first significant coral bleaching event.

International
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World - Chilling Report Suggests 1 out of 5 Countries Could Be Headed for Ecosystem Collapse

The world's wealth is built on our planet's natural ecosystems, and if those collapse, so too might our global economy, experts warn.

Mid-Atlantic
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VA - How Planting 70 Million Eelgrass Seeds Led to an Ecosystem’s Rapid Recovery

The study is a blueprint for capitalizing on this habitat’s capacity to store carbon

International
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AUS - The Climate Crisis Has Already Cost the Great Barrier Reef More Than Half Its Corals

The Great Barrier Reef has lost more than 50 percent of its coral in the last 25 years, and the climate crisis is to blame.

International
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World - As Waters Warm, Ocean Heatwaves Are Growing More Severe

With oceans absorbing more than 90 percent of global warming, marine heatwaves are becoming hotter and larger and are lasting longer. Scientists say the trend has major ecological consequences, from altering fish and plant populations to forcing whales into hazardous waters.

Arctic & Antarctica
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ARC - German Research Vessel to Return From 'Dying Arctic' (With ASPN Podcast)

The German Alfred Wegener Institute's Polarstern ship is set to return to the port on Monday, bringing home devastating proof of a "dying Arctic Ocean" and warnings of ice-free summers in just decades.

Arctic & Antarctica
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ANT - How Ice Shelf Loss Will Change the Antarctic Ecosystem

Marine ecologist Jeroen Ingels discusses what is known about ice shelf loss at the southern pole and how those changes are affecting local ecosystems.

Coastwide
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USA - New Satellite Data to Improve Burning Emissions Model

BROOKINGS – Wildfires in California have burned more than 4 million acres to date, more than double the previous record for the most land burned in a single year in the state.

Great Lakes
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Great Lakes - Shipwreck Life: How Fish and Other Aquatic Species Utilize Great Lakes Shipwrecks

All that remained of the schooner was a bit of its hull – a tightly-packed row of wooden planks stretching 40 feet across the bottom of Lake Huron.

Coastwide
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USA - NOAA Awards $10.3 Million for Research Into Harmful Algal Bloom

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The fight against harmful algal blooms, or HABs, received a big boost this week as NOAA announced funding of more than a dozen new research projects addressing the issue.

International
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World - 'Secret Rainforests' Have Been Discovered Deep in Our Oceans. Here's What That Could Mean

Mention coral reefs and we all tend to think of underwater forests just beyond the surf. But if you could venture further out into the deep oceans, you would find another type of coral reef – hundreds of metres below the surface.

Pacific Northwest
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WA - Where There's a Whale, There's a Way. Keeping Field Science Going in a Pandemic

Deborah Giles hasn’t been able to let her usual crew onto her small research boat this year. To keep her research on the Northwest’s endangered orcas going despite the coronavirus pandemic, the whale biologist has recruited within her household bubble.

Pacific Northwest
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CAN - British Columbia's Seamounts Are Becoming Uninhabitable

The deep ocean, where changes usually manifest over millennia, is losing oxygen at an unprecedented rate.

Hawaii & Alaska
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AK - Researchers Aim to Improve Coastal Storm Surge Forecasting

Collaborative report, depending on how well models perform, will be out in a year or two

Coastwide
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USA - RECORD-BREAKING ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON UNDERWAY

NOAA SATELLITES PROVIDE CRITICAL INFORMATION FOR FORECASTING AND TRACKING TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES

Mid-Atlantic
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MA - Report urges action on Mass. flooding, erosion from climate change

BOSTON — Increased tidal flooding, beach erosion and aging sea barriers are among the climate change concerns threatening a famous coastal destination in Massachusetts, according to a report released Thursday by a leading conservation group in the state.

International
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AUS - Pumice Raft Carried Nutrients to the Great Barrier Reef From Nearly 2000 Miles Away

In 2019, an underwater volcano near Tonga created an enormous pumice raft that floated for months and eventually made its way to the coast of Australia.

International
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World - NASA-led Study Reveals the Causes of Sea Level Rise Since 1900

Scientists have gained new insights into the processes that have driven ocean level variations for over a century, helping us prepare for the rising seas of the future.

International
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World - Researchers Identify Larger Variability in Future Sea Levels As Earth Warms

A team of researchers from the University of Hawai’i (UH) at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) identified a global tendency for future sea levels to become more variable as oceans warm this century due to increasing greenhouse gas emissions.

International
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EU - Beached Whale Increase May Be Due to Military Sonar Exercises, Say Experts

It is thought sonar may scare animals into surfacing too quickly, causing narcosis

Southeast
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FL - Oyster Reef Restoration Efforts Get Help from Potato Chip Byproduct

Longtime work to restore oyster reefs in the Indian River Lagoon has found a new, unusual ally: potato chips.

Caribbean
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Carribean - Jacques Cousteau's Grandson Wants to Build the International Space Station of the Sea

Off the coast of Curaçao, at a depth of 60 feet, aquanaut Fabien Cousteau is looking to create the world’s largest underwater research habitat

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - UNCW Researchers Spawn Endangered Coral

WILMINGTON – A University of North Carolina at Wilmington laboratory made history this month by spawning in captivity an endangered coral that once thrived in shallow reefs in the Caribbean.

International
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World - Are Forever Chemicals Harming Ocean Life?

Here’s what we know (and don’t know) about how dangerous PFAS chemicals travel ocean currents and harm wildlife — and what that could mean for humans.

International
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World - Mangroves Could Help Save Us From Climate Change. Climate Change Is Killing Mangroves.

During a trip to Cuba's Gardens of the Queen a few years ago, I found myself around small mangrove islands in an area called Boca Grande.

Coastwide
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USA - Coastal Development, Changing Climate Threaten Sea Turtle Nesting Habitat

A research team led by Florida State University found that sea turtles in the U.S. will have less suitable nesting habitat in the future because of climate change and coastal development.

Arctic & Antarctica
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ANT - Half of Antarctic Ice Shelves Could Collapse in a Flash, Thanks to Warming

Antarctic ice shelves can disappear astonishingly fast — sometimes in minutes or hours — as meltwater surges through cracks in their surface.

Gulf of Mexico
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Dr. Rob Young: What to Watch as Hurricane Laura Approaches the TX/LA Gulf Coast

Please see the latest analysis for the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University. We will be following the storm closely and will be releasing follow-up products post-storm.

Arctic & Antarctica
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Arctic - Growing underwater heat blob speeds demise of Arctic sea ice

In March, soon after arriving aboard the Polarstern, a German icebreaker frozen into Arctic sea ice, Jennifer Hutchings watched as ice broke up around the ship, weeks earlier than expected. Even as scientists on the research cruise scrambled to keep field instruments from plunging into the ocean, Hutchings, who studies ice deformation at Oregon State University, Corvallis, couldn’t suppress a thrill at seeing the crack up, as if she had spotted a rare bird. “I got to observe firsthand what I studied,” she says.

Hawaii & Alaska
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HI - Using Coral Colonies to Predict the Growth of COVID-19

There has been a notable lack of transparency from local officials when it comes to data surrounding Hawaii’s coronavirus pandemic.

International
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India - The Surprisingly Difficult Task of Measuring Sea-Level Rise Around India

Bengaluru: Imagine living in Mumbai, and waking up to the view of the Arabian Sea every morning.

Coastwide
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USA - Tales From the Storm: How Four Scientists Tracked Hurricane Laura

Communities across Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas are still reeling from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Laura, one of the most powerful storms to strike the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in decades.

Southeast
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FL - Restored Corals Observed Spawning for First Time in Waters off Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Efforts to restore the Florida Reef Tract may be working.

International
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World - Saving Marine Life: Novel Method Quantifies the Effects of Plastic on Marine Wildlife

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology together with their international collaborators developed a novel quantitative method to quantify the effects of plastic on marine animals.

Arctic & Antarctica
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World - Sea Level Rise From Ice Sheets Track Worst-Case Climate Change Scenario

Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica whose melting rates are rapidly increasing have raised the global sea level by 1.8cm since the 1990s, and are matching the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's worst-case climate warming scenarios.

West Coast
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CA - Canyon Up Close: New Animation Drains Monterey Bay to Uncover the Beauty of Its Geology

MBARI scientists partner with visual effects artists to create the highest resolution animation of Monterey Canyon to date.

Southeast
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FL - A ‘Huge Boost’ for Reef Restoration

Just once every year, when the tug of the moon and the warmth of the water is just right, coral reef colonies can simultaneously reproduce themselves with a stunning release of tiny new life.

International
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World - A Multinational Study Overturns a 130-Year Old Assumption About Seawater Chemistry

There's more to seawater than salt. Ocean chemistry is a complex mixture of particles, ions and nutrients. And for over a century, scientists believed that certain ion ratios held relatively constant over space and time.

Pacific Northwest
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USA - Taking Stock of Salmon Survival, Dams and Science

Federal agencies required a minimum criteria of 96 percent of spring-migrating and 93 percent of summer-migrating juvenile salmon had to survive passage over Lower Granite Dam, located in southeastern Washington.

International
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World - A Genetic Approach to Tackling Marine Biofouling

A group of synthetic biologists at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) have identified new genetic targets that could lead to safe, biologically-based approaches to combat marine biofouling – the process of sea-based microorganisms, plants, or algae binding to underwater surfaces.

Southeast
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FL - Big Manta Rays Found 'Right Under Our Nose' off Florida Beaches

The unusually high number of young animals suggests there is a nursery ground in the densely populated region, surprising scientists.

International
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World - The Deep Ocean's Free Real Estate

At the bottom of the deep sea, single-celled organisms grow to unusual sizes and provide hiding places for many creatures, including developing fish eggs.

International
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World - Warmer, acidifying ocean brings extinction for reef-building corals, renewal for relatives

Changes in ocean chemistry and temperature have had a dramatic effect on the diversity of corals and sea anemones, according to a team of scientists who have traced their evolution through deep time.

Great Lakes
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NY - The wilds of one Lake Ontario bay reveal how coastal habitats suffer from changing climate, human choices

GREECE, N.Y. — Lake Ontario is more swamp than mighty Great Lake at the edge of Braddock Bay, where 15-foot cattails rustle in the breeze.

Gulf of Mexico
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Gulf of Mexico - Researchers Track Nutrient Transport in the Gulf of Mexico

Researchers from Florida State University are shedding light on nutrient levels in the Gulf of Mexico with new findings published this month in the Journal of Geophysical Research -- Oceans.

International
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World - ‘The World That Darwin Never Saw': Scientists Discover 30 New Marine Species in the Galapagos

International marine scientists have discovered 30 new species in the deep waters off the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, highlighting how unique the ecosystems of the islands are as well as how little we know about the deep sea.

Coastwide
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USA - New Projects Explore Connections Between COVID-19 and the Environment

While scientists around the world are confined to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, Earth observing satellites continue to orbit and send back images that reveal connections between the pandemic and the environment.

International
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World - Ocean Warming Has Seafloor Species Headed in the Wrong Direction

As the world warms, many species of plant and animal will have to find new—often cooler—places to live.

Arctic & Antarctica
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ANT - Scientists Find New Glacial Melting Spot in East Antarctica

SYOWA STATION, Antarctica--Researchers say an underwater hot spot, where warm seawater runs under one of the fastest moving glaciers in Antarctica, is causing the ice to melt faster.

International
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World - Reef 'Glue' Threatened by Ocean Acidification

Fossil record shows that vital crusts are getting weaker.

Caribbean
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DR - To Attract Tourists, Dominican Republic Stops COVID Test and Offers Insurance

The Dominican Republic has scrapped the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test for tourists arriving in the country and instead is offering them a medical insurance cover for free.

Arctic & Antarctica
Science

ANT - Antarctica: Bizarre Creatures ‘Unlike Anything Seen Before’ Hiding 5,000m Below Ice

ANTARCTICA scientists were stunned when they uncovered a number of bizarre creatures in one of the deepest parts of the Southern Ocean, leading one to exclaim "we've never seen anything like this before".

International
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Brazil - "Extinct" Frogs Rediscovered Thanks to Environmental DNA Analysis

Scientists have detected signs of a frog listed extinct and not seen since 1968, using an innovative technique to locate declining and missing species in two regions of Brazil.

West Coast
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USA - Cooperative Research Effort Documents Northward Migration of Kelp Forests

In a sweeping display of the power of community-based science to capture data spanning the entire West Coast of North America, a team of scientists and countless volunteers from 14 different organizations joined forces to document the northward migration of kelp forests due to warming waters.

International
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AUS - New Corals Discovered in Deep-Sea Study of the Great Barrier Reef

Using the Falkor research vessel, scientists have explored the deepest regions of the Great Barrier Reef and found five new species of black corals and sponges

Arctic & Antarctica
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ARC - Scientists Map Freshwater Transport in the Arctic Ocean

The Ob, Yenisei, and Lena rivers flow into the Kara and Laptev seas and account for about half of the total freshwater runoff to the Arctic Ocean.

Coastwide
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USA - NOAA-NASA Satellite Captures Fires, Smoke, Sulfur Dioxide, and Ash Across America

On September 7, 2020, NOAA/NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided two different views of how fires are affecting the U.S.

Arctic & Antarctica
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ANARC - Greenland and Antarctica Are Losing Ice Six Times Faster than Expected, Matching Climate Change Worst-Case Scenario

Ice sheets' mass-loss rates in Greenland and Antarctica now match the Climate Change's worst-case sea-level rise scenarios. Time to get serious about it?

International
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World - Infrared NASA imagery provides Paulette's temperature palette

NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed Tropical Storm Paulette in infrared imagery as it moved through the Central Atlantic Ocean. At NASA, the imagery was false-colored to show cloud-top temperature gradients and identify the locations of the strongest storms. The imagery also indicated Paulette was being affected by wind shear.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - Lamar University Researchers Assess Coastline Damage From Hurricane Laura With Infrared Drone

Since this year's hurricane season is expected to be especially active, the researchers are examining Hurricane Laura's damage to prevent future erosion.

Mid-Atlantic
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NC - Artificial Reefs Take on a Towering Presence as Havens for Marine Predators

Acting like high-rise timeshares in the sea, shipwrecks and other artificial reefs can support dense populations of sharks, mackerels, barracudas, jacks and other large migratory marine predators essential to ocean health, according to a new study at 30 sites along the North Carolina coast.

West Coast
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CA - Historic Research Cruise Sailed With First All-Women Science Team

The group coped with quarantine and COVID-19 restrictions to continue the 71-year-old marine survey

Coastwide
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USA - 2020 Hurricane Hunting Evolves With New Technology in Light of COVID-19 Safety Concerns

When the hurricane hunter aircraft collected data for Hurricane Laura in August, most of the meteorologists analyzing it weren’t onboard. That’s something new for 2020.