PMEL in the News
'The blob' was an extreme example of a marine heatwave
Glenn Farley interviews Washington State Climatologist Nick Bond of the University of Washington. We had a preview of what climate change could look like here during a period of "the blob."
New animation shows how unusual Indonesian tsunami has implications for Puget Sound
New animation produced by the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle is giving us our first scientific look at the tsunami that has ravaged parts of Indonesia. The animation, which is an original version based on the available facts, shows energy trapped inside of a long fjord-like bay, ricocheting off the east and west shorelines, with the City of Palu at the south end. Vasily Titov is interviewed.
Is the World Ready for the Next Big Tsunami?
The twin earthquake-tsunami disaster in Indonesia late last week raised new questions about how prepared the global system is to react to future events. Since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami devastated countries throughout the region, a global system of regional and national centers has sprung up to react to the first tremors along the ocean floor. Diego Arcas is quoted.
The 2004 Tsunami Wiped Away Towns With 'Mind-Boggling' Destruction
It was 2004, the day after Christmas, and thousands of European and American tourists had flocked to the beaches of Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia to escape the winter chill in a tropical paradise. Vasily Titov is quoted.
Climatologist talks El Nino, the Blob, climate change
Imagine a hangover that lasts for years. In 2013 and 2014, a mass of warm water formed off the West Coast. The Blob, so named by Washington State Climatologist Nick Bond, persisted through 2015 and 2016 after a massive El Nino event hit and kept it alive. Temperatures inside the Blob were recorded at nearly 3 degrees C warmer than normal. Nick Bond is interviewed.