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3D image of Axial Seamount bathymetry

3D image of Axial Seamount bathymetry

October 30, 2014

PMEL’s Earth-Ocean Interactions program led by Oregon State University Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies scientist, Dr. Bill Chadwick, has just launched a new blog aimed at analyzing and forecasting when the next eruption at Axial Seamount might occur. Axial Seamount is the most active submarine volcano in the NE Pacific. Located on the Juan de Fuca Ridge off the coast of Oregon, it was chosen as the site of the world's first underwater volcano observatory called NeMO and is now a node on the new Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) cabled observatory. Axial erupted most recently in 1998 and 2011.

Scientists from PMEL, Oregon State University, and University of North Carolina at Wilmington will be monitoring Axial closely.  Watch the blog for forecast updates.

PMEL in the News

October 30, 2014

There have been a number of studies recently on ocean warming and sea-level rise. Collectively, they are helping scientists unite around an emerging understanding of climate change and its impact on the Earth.

October 10, 2014

Listen to PMEL's Greg Johnson on Science Friday. The world’s oceans are absorbing heat—but just how much they’re absorbing, and how quickly, are important questions for calculating the potential effects of a changing climate.