PMEL in the News
Alien Waters: Neighboring Seas Are Flowing into a Warming Arctic Ocean
The “Atlantification” and “Pacification” of the Arctic has begun. As warmer waters stream into an increasingly ice-free Arctic Ocean, new species — from phytoplankton to whales — have the potential to upend this sensitive polar environment. Phyllis Stabeno and Sue Moore (NOAA Fisheries OST) are quoted.
Days, Weeks, Years? Scientists Say Hawaii Volcano Eruption Has No End In Sight
The eruption at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continues. The lava has now destroyed at least 35 structures and covered the equivalent of more than 75 football fields. Bill Chadwick is quoted.
Shock and Thaw—Alaskan Sea Ice Just Took a Steep, Unprecedented Dive
April should be prime walrus hunting season for the native villages that dot Alaska’s remote western coast. In years past the winter sea ice where the animals rest would still be abundant, providing prime targets for subsistence hunters. But this year sea-ice coverage as of late April was more like what would be expected for mid-June, well into the melt season. These conditions are the continuation of a winter-long scarcity of sea ice in the Bering Sea—a decline so stark it has stunned researchers who have spent years watching Arctic sea ice dwindle due to climate change. Nick Bond is mentioned.
Seaweed farming and its surprising benefits
CBS 60 MINUTES segment on "Seaweed farming and its surprising benefits". Paul Allen and Navy funded NOAA and Puget Sound Restoration Fund work done in Puget Sound on testing sugar kelp as a means of mitigating the impacts of ocean acidification. PMEL scientists led the carbon measurements for this study under the direction is Simone Alin.
Yacht in global race gathering data on ocean's health
The world's oceans are getting more acidic and it's hurting the whole aquatic food chain. Scientists are racing to learn more about ocean acidification and now they're getting help from an actual race boat. Dr. Feely is interviewed.