PMEL in the News
Toxic Algae Bloom Might Be Largest Ever
A team of federal biologists set out from Oregon Monday to survey what could be the largest toxic algae bloom ever recorded off the West Coast. The effects stretch from Central California to British Columbia, and possibly as far north as Alaska.
New Study Shows Arctic Ocean Rapidly Becoming More Corrosive to Marine Species
New research by NOAA, University of Alaska, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the journal Oceanography shows that surface waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas could reach levels of acidity that threaten the ability of animals to build and maintain their shells by 2030, with the Bering Sea reaching this level of acidity by 2044.
How the Super El Nino of 1982-83 Kept Itself a Secret
The term “El Nino” has become as much a part of our weather vocabulary as the words “super cell” or “derecho.” Today, we find it amazing to learn that when one of the strongest El Ninos of the Century brought damaging storms to California with heavy snow and flooding rain during the winter of 1982-83 no one was talking about El Nino.
Walking Sonoma and Marin county beaches recently has yielded some unusual sights and smells. According to officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 12 dead whales have washed up on Northern California beaches in the last three months, including two along the Sonoma County coast and one in Marin County.
Researchers Turn to the Ocean to Help Unravel the Mysteries of Cloud Formation
In a study published today in ACS Central Science, a research team led by University of Wisconsin-Madison Chemistry Professor Timothy Bertram peels back the mysteries of the structures of tiny aerosol particles at the surface of the ocean. The work shows how the particles' chemical composition influences their abilities to take in moisture from the air, which indicates whether the particle will help to form a cloud — a key to many basic problems in climate prediction.