PMEL in the News
It’s time for new ideas for tsunami survival
It’s good that the city of Long Beach acknowledged reality and stepped away from a flawed plan to build what amounted to a small hill for tsunami evacuation. At a cost of $4 million and a height of 32 feet, the city’s concrete berm was too expensive and too short.
The deep Pacific is a climate time capsule from the ‘little ice age,’ 19th century ship records show
A global cooling trend known as the “little ice age” ended centuries ago, but it lives on in the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean, researchers reported here last week at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union. What’s more, this oceanographic time capsule could be helping blunt some of today’s human-driven warming, at least for now.
Arctic report card: Permafrost thawing at a faster pace
Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing at a faster clip, according to a new report released Tuesday. Water is also warming and sea ice is melting at the fastest pace in 1,500 years at the top of the world. The annual report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed slightly less warming in many measurements than a record hot 2016. But scientists remain concerned because the far northern region is warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe and has reached a level of warming that’s unprecedented in modern times.
The Arctic is warming faster than it has in 1,500 years
The Arctic is running a fever. The magnitude and pace of the recent Arctic sea-ice decline and ocean warming is "unprecedented" in at least the past 1,500 years and likely much longer, according to a federal report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Scientists Need Your Help Rescuing 100-Year-Old Weather Records
A new citizen-science project needs volunteers to digitize decades of temperature, rain and barometric data from across western Europe