PMEL in the News
The oceans have never been hotter than they are now
2017 was only the second-warmest year on record, according to NASA. But when it comes to the ocean, temperatures have never been warmer. Greg Johnson is quoted.
Robots map largest underwater volcanic eruption in 100 years
On July 31, 2012, Maggie de Grauw looked out the window of her flight back to New Zealand after a holiday in Samoa and glimpsed a mysterious mass floating below. That mass turned out to be a raft of lightweight pumice rock, the product of an erupting underwater volcano called Havre. The 2012 eruption turned out to be the largest of its kind in the last 100 years. And now, the pumice raft has become a crucial clue in revealing the eruption’s surprisingly complex nature. Bill Chadwick is quoted.
Researchers retrieve Navy logs to 'weather' the Civil War years off South Carolina, region
During the Civil War, many meteorologists on land stopped keeping records. But officers on U.S. Navy ships offshore — including those blockading Charleston — didn't. Kevin Wood is mentioned.
Human Emissions Made Ocean Heat Wave 53 Times More Likely
The consequences for Alaska were stark: dozens of whales died, as did thousands of common murres and tufted puffins, while sealife native to the tropics came up in nets pulled from sub-Arctic seas. Nick Bond is quoted.
US cold snap was a freak of nature, quick analysis finds
Consider this cold comfort: A quick study of the brutal American cold snap found that the Arctic blast really wasn't global warming but a freak of nature. Frigid weather like the two-week cold spell that began around Christmas is 15 times rarer than it was a century ago, according to a team of international scientists who does real-time analyses to see if extreme weather events are natural or more likely to happen because of climate change. Jim Overland is quoted.