PMEL in the News
Unprecedented Arctic warmth in 2016 triggers massive decline in sea ice, snow
A new NOAA-sponsored report shows that unprecedented warming air temperature in 2016 over the Arctic contributed to a record-breaking delay in the fall sea ice freeze-up, leading to extensive melting of Greenland ice sheet and land-based snow cover. Now in its 11th year, the Arctic Report Card, released today at the annual American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco, is a peer-reviewed report that brings together the work of 61 scientists from 11 nations who report on air, ocean, land and ecosystem changes.
Untamed shrews herald a warming Arctic
William Shakespeare wrote more than 400 years ago that shrews could be tamed. But not so fast, according to an essay in the 2016 Arctic Report Card. Turns out that some Arctic shrews, those small furry mammals with funny snouts famed on stage and sci-fi screen can not be tamed. In fact, one species of shrew is now invading north into the Arctic, setting off a major reorganization of animal communities at the top of the world.
NOAA, partners to announce findings from 2016 Arctic Report Card
NOAA and its partners will release the latest scientific observations of the Arctic, a sensitive part of the world that impacts other parts of the planet, at a press conference on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET, hosted by the American Geophysical Union at its Annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
Live ROV Dive in Daikoku, an active submarine volcano in the Mariana Arc with sulfur lakes, strange creatures and hydrothermal vents.
The Schmidt Ocean Institute is currently live streaming the first science dive with the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) SuBastian. Join in to see in real time what the Hydrothermal Hunt science team is viewing.
NOAA research links human-caused CO2 emissions to dissolving sea snail shells off U.S. West Coast
For the first time, NOAA and partner scientists have connected the concentration of human-caused carbon dioxide in waters off the U.S. Pacific coast to the dissolving of shells of microscopic marine sea snails called pteropods. Commercially valuable fish such as salmon, sablefish and rock sole make the pteropod a major part of their diet.