PMEL in the News
Fleet of sailboat drones could monitor climate change’s effect on oceans
Two 7-meter-long sailboats are set to return next month to California, after nearly 8 months tacking across the Pacific Ocean. Puttering along at half-speed, they will be heavy with barnacles and other growth. No captains will be at their helms. Meghan Cronin is quoted.
Freakishly Warm Weather in the Arctic Has Climate Scientists 'Stunned'
During the Arctic winter, when the sun hides from October to March, the average temperature in the frozen north typically hovers around a bone-chilling minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 20 degrees Celsius). But this year, the Arctic is experiencing a highly unusual heat wave. Jim Overland is quoted and Muyin Wang's essay is referenced.
AMHS vessel helps to track ocean acidity
As the flagship of the Alaska Marine Highway System for over 40 years, the MV Columbia is best known for its capacity to carry up to 499 passengers, plus vehicles on its route from Bellingham, Washington, to destinations in Alaska’s Inside Passage. Geoff Lebon is mentioned.
Noisy Shrimp May Be Helping Gray Whales Find Their Prey
Scientists in the Northwest have detected a species of shrimp much farther north than it’s ever been found before. Researchers at Oregon State University haven’t actually seen the snapping shrimp, instead, they heard them off the Oregon Coast. Joe Haxel was interviewed.
Snapping Shrimp 'Dinner Bell' May Tell Gray Whales When to Eat
Do you ever wish you could just snap your fingers and have dinner ready? Well, that dream is kind of a reality for one species of whale. Joe Haxel is quoted.