PMEL in the News
The Southern Ocean may be less of a carbon sink than we thought
The vast stretch of icy water that separates Antarctica from other continents is a dark mystery to most people. Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton, one of the few who have been to the Southern Ocean, regarded its storm-wracked seas with fear and awe. Adrienne Sutton is mentioned.
7 everyday things you’re doing that are hurting the ocean
You don't leave litter on the beach, you've never mismanaged an oil rig, and you always cut apart the plastic rings that hold soda bottles together before throwing them away. Simone Alin is quoted.
Podcast: How robots are revolutionizing chemical oceanography
Robots in the ocean are giving scientists more details about processes above and below the surface that affect our weather, our food supply, and more. They’re also helping chemical oceanographers understand and record the effects that climate change is having on our waters. Drs. Jessica Cross and Nancy Williams are featured on the podcast discussing their ocean carbon research using ocean robots such as Saildrone.
Low snowpack, hot spring lead to drought declaration for nearly half of Washington state
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared drought Monday for nearly half of Washington watersheds, as the mountain snowpack that churns through hydropower dams, irrigates our state’s orchards and provides for fish continues to dwindle well below normal. Nick Bond is quoted.
Vanishing Bering Sea ice threatens one of the richest U.S. seafood sources
When ice failed to cover much of the eastern Bering Sea between Alaska and Russia in early 2018, oceanographer James Overland chalked it up to a freak chance. Then, it happened again this year, with late-winter sea ice falling to some of the lowest levels seen in at least 4 decades. Drs. Jim Overland and Phyllis Stabeno are quoted.