PMEL in the News
Ocean El Niño monitor gets an upgrade
Revamped tropical Pacific buoys could aid atmospheric river forecasts. Billy Kessler is quoted and disucssed TPOS2020.
Earth in hot water? Worries over sudden ocean warming spike
The world’s oceans have suddenly spiked much hotter and well above record levels in the last few weeks, with scientists trying to figure out what it means and whether it forecasts a surge in atmospheric warming. Mike McPhaden and Greg Johsnon are quoted.
‘Lost cities.’ New hydrothermal vent towers found billowing in Mid-Atlantic, team says
Deep sea explorers have discovered multiple fields in the Atlantic Ocean where super-heated water billows like smoke from the seafloor over 2,200 miles east of Miami. PMEL's EOI program lead the Lost Cities expedition.
Climate models warn of possible ‘super El Niño’ before end of year
Climate models around the globe continue to warn of a potential El Niño developing later this year – a pattern of ocean warming in the Pacific that can increase the risk of catastrophic weather events around the globe. Mike McPhaden is quoted.
Dwindling sea ice may speed melting of Antarctic glaciers
In February, on an icebreaker off the coast of West Antarctica, Robert Larter, a marine geophysicist with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), came on deck to a startling sight: open gray water as far as the eye could see. There was no ice at all for the ship to break. The next day, satellite surveys would find sea ice around the continent hitting a record low. Deep Argo research was mentioned.