Ocean Observation

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Richard W. Spinrad Confirmed to Lead NOAA

Richard “Rick” W. Spinrad, Ph.D., an internationally renowned scientist with four decades of ocean, atmosphere, and climate science and policy expertise, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and the 11th NOAA administrator.“As an accomplished and respected scientist,

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Threatened Caribbean Coral Reefs Get a New Ally: Insurance

As climate change threatens coral reefs around the world, conservation experts in Latin America have enlisted an unlikely ally to try to preserve them: the insurance industry.The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System - the world’s second largest which runs from southern Mexico to Honduras - will soon

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KIGAM Orders New Research Vessel

South Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co will build a new research vessel for Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM).The ULSTEIN SX134 design vessel will be 92 meters long and 21 meters wide and fulfil the general demands of the seismic and oceanographic

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Long Island Sound Water Quality Improving

As summer approaches, EPA officials are highlighting water quality improvements in Long Island Sound resulting from almost 50 million pounds of nitrogen pollution kept out of the Sound each year. A peer-reviewed study from the University of Connecticut published earlier this year showed that improved

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Coral Reef Restorations Can Be Optimized to Reduce Flood Risk

New practical guidelines for reef restoration will benefit coral ecosystems while also providing coastal communities with effective protection from flood riskA new study by the open access publisher Frontiers sets out guidelines to maximize the benefits of reef restoration, not only for the coral ecosystem,

Ocean-going monitoring floats like this one are deployed from “ships of opportunity” as they

Researchers to Launch 500 Floating Robots to Monitor Ocean Health

After years studying the icy waters of the Southern Ocean with floating robotic monitors, a consortium of oceanographers and other researchers is deploying them across the planet, from the north Pacific to the Indian Ocean.The project known as the Global Ocean Biogeochemistry Array, or GO-BGC, started

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David Kennedy Designated as Chair of US Arctic Research Commission

On March 3, 2021, President Joe Biden designated David Kennedy as Chair of the United States Arctic Research Commission (USARC), an independent federal agency that advises the President and Congress on Arctic Research. Kennedy succeeds former Chairman Jon Harrison, who continues to serve as a commissioner on the USARC.

The new Chair of the Australian Antarctic Science Council, Philip Clark AO.

Clark Named Chair of the Australian Antarctic Science Council

The Australian Antarctic Science Council has a new Chair, with the appointment of Philip Clark AO to lead the organization. The Council was established in 2019 to provide independent advice to Government on the priorities of the Australian Antarctic Science Program.Director of the Australian Antarctic Division,

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NOAA Adjusts Hurricane Season Outlook Averages

NOAA is updating its baseline numbers used for gauging hurricane season activity using more recent storm data.Once every decade, the agency revises its set of statistics used to determine when hurricane seasons are above-, near- or below-average relative to the climate record. Beginning with this year’s hurricane season outlooks,

The Saya de Malha Bank is part of the Mascarene Plateau and located between Mauritius and

Shrinking Sea Meadows Store More Carbon Than Forests. Scientists Race to Track What’s Left

Hundreds of miles from the nearest shore, ribbon-like fronds flutter in the ocean currents sweeping across an underwater mountain plateau the size of Switzerland.A remote-powered camera glides through the sunlit, turquoise waters of this corner of the western Indian Ocean, capturing rare footage of

Dr. Alan Leonardi

Consortium for Ocean Leadership Names Leonardi as President and CEO

Today, the Board of Trustees of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership announced the appointment of Dr. Alan Leonardi as president and CEO, effective May 24, 2021.As the president and CEO of COL, Dr. Leonardi will lead the consortium, which represents the leading ocean science, research and technology organizations from academia,