Curious to learn more of the current state of Earth's sea levels? Check-out NASA's visualization app from Sentinel-6!
"Ethereal, swaying pillars of brown kelp along California's coasts grow up through the water column, culminating in a dense surface canopy of thick fronds that provide homes and refuge for numerous marine creatures. There's speculation that these giant algae may protect coastal ecosystems by helping alleviate acidification caused by too much atmospheric carbon being absorbed by the seas." LINK
A US-European satellite designed to extend a decades-long measurement of global sea surface heights was launched into Earth orbit from California on Saturday.
The Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite has been launched into orbit around Earth on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Using the latest radar altimetry technology, this new satellite is set to provide a new overview of ocean topography and advance the long-term record of sea-surface height measurements that began in 1992 – measurements that are essential for climate science, for policy-making and, ultimately, for protecting the lives of millions at risk of sea-level rise.
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, the newest satellite to monitor global sea level rise, is scheduled to be carried into space by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday.
Here's the latest for Friday November 20th: Biden wants Congress to pass emergency COVID aid; Trump meets Michigan GOP leaders, hopes to change election; WH disputes concerns about getting vaccine out; Sea level monitoring satellite set for launch. (Nov. 20)
Space is the best place — maybe the only place — to get a complete picture of how climate change is affecting the Earth's oceans. And what happens in the ocean does not stay in the ocean.
The UK Prime Minister has announced today (Friday 13 November) a new Marine Protected Zone around the overseas territory of the island of Tristan da Cunha. The move is part …
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Using the CRISPR-Cas9 technique to precisely alter the genome of Great Barrier Reef coral, scientists identified a gene vital to heat tolerance in the species Acropora millepora.
Sometimes, the sea comes to you -- those are not good times.
Adult corals can pass on mutations they have acquired during their lives to their offspring, like some plants do, overturning a belief that no animals can hand down such mutations
The American Government is providing approximately $2.45 million in grant funding towards the Oracabessa Marine Trust's reef restoration and protection efforts.The funding is awarded by the US Department of State's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental Scientific Affairs, the US Embassy in Kingston has stated.
October 30, 2020 5:00 AM CAPE YORK (Australia) • Scientists have discovered a massive coral reef - higher than the Empire State Building - at the northern tip of the Great Barrier Reef.
The ancient Denisovan mitochondrial DNA was recovered in sediments from Baishiya Karst Cave, a limestone cave at the northeast margin of the Tibetan Plateau, 3,280 meters above sea level.
October 29, 2020 11:39 AM Measuring more than 500m high, the detached reef is the first to be discovered in over 120 years.
Australian scientists found a detached coral reef on the Great Barrier Reef that exceeds the height of the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower, the Schmidt Ocean Institute said this week, the first such discovery in over 100 years.
NASA's Crew-1 aboard the SpaceX Dragon will soon launch from Kennedy and orbit in the ISS! Researchers would focus on Earth and monitor its sea levels!
Standing 500m (1,640ft) tall, the "blade-like" reef was found off Australia's far north.
The 1,600-foot-tall coral reef is taller than the Empire State Building, and its base is a mile wide. It's the first time in 120 years since a coral reef this size has been discovered.
( Oregon State University ) Corals that appear healthy are more prone to getting sick when they're home to too many parasitic bacteria, new research at Oregon State University shows.
Scientists have discovered a 1,640-foot-tall detached coral reef in Australia's Great Barrier Reef — the first of its kind in over 120 years.
An underwater coral skyscraper taller than the Auckland Sky Tower has been discovered in the Great Barrier Reef.Scientists from Australia's James Cook University said they were "surprised and elated" to find the 500m structure,...
Researchers from the US and Australia mapped out the blade-like coral mount - the first to be discovered in some 120 years - off the coast of Cape York on October 20.
October 25, 2020 4:21 PM The man had been spearfishing near the reef before being attacked at about noon.
A study of the Great Barrier Reef has concluded that the complex forest of corals has shrunk by half in the past three decades.
It's no secret that the largest living structure on Earth is no longer ...
With increased car and foot traffic, the ground underneath the Tidal Basin — home to memorials to Thomas Jefferson, FDR and MLK Jr. — is sinking. As sea levels rise, the walkways flood daily.
Wait a minute, Doc. Are you telling me you built a time machine... out of a coral?
[Seychelles News Agency] Coral reefs in the lagoon of the Seychelles' remote Aldabra atoll recovered faster after the 2015-2016 bleaching event due to tolerance to heat stress, new research found.
Research published this week finds that home sales volume and prices have declined in coastal census tracts vulnerable to sea level rise, relative to coastal areas less threatened by climate change.
"Warming ocean contributes to sea level rise and to more extreme weather such as hurricanes." LINK
We need to bring down emissions to avoid effects on more corals
Half of the Great Barrier Reef's corals have died over the past 25 years, scientists said on Wednesday. Larger species, such as branching and table-shaped corals, have been affected hardest -- almost disappearing from the far northern reaches of the reef.
October 14, 2020 7:46 AM SYDNEY (BLOOMBERG) - The mass death of young and old corals in Australia's Great Barrier Reef is threatening the recovery of the largest living structure on Earth.
Climate change is cited as the key reason for the death of the corals. The authors of the study said that the ability of the Great Barrier Reef to recover is compromised.
Bleaching events in back-to-back years so thoroughly wiped out coral that it cannot easily reproduce, researchers found.
[Citizen] Moshi -- Mount Kilimanjaro which Africa's highest peak is on fire, the cause of the fire which is believed to be at hundreds of metres above sea level is yet to be established.
By analyzing what researchers call "long-term ocean memory," scientists have been able to identify connections between flow rates in the Colorado River and sea surface temperatures in parts of the Pacific and Atlantic.
Drones, science stations and monitoring sensors are being used to help buy the reef more time.
Egypt’s Red Sea Marine Park Authority (RSMPA), the governmental agency responsible for managing the marine protectorates within the Red Sea governorate, decided on Tuesday to impose a fine of US$34,000 on the owner of a tourist boat for its damages to the coral reef in the Magawish area of the Red Sea. The boat reportedly … Continued
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The 33-year-old was savaged by the crocodile while swimming off Anchor Bay at Lizard Island off the Great Barrier Reef at about 4pm on Wednesday.
My daughter is 29. Seventeen years ago we snorkeled the Florida Keys’ spectacular fish-filled reefs. Her prudent fearlessness, even when faced with an ominous barracuda, filled me with quiet pride.
Authorities want to avoid damage to the coast line like that suffered by Mauritius after a bulk carrier struck a coral reef off the island
"A comprehensive test plan was executed at Leh — 3,300 metres above mean sea level (MAMSL) — in extreme temperatures which included envelope expansion, performance and flying qualities. LUH took off from Leh and demonstrated its hot and high hover performance at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) at 5,000 MAMSL," HAL said.
According to a new study, climate scientists can reduce the uncertainty of their climate models by more precisely simulating subsurface ocean currents in the Pacific.
Reaching 29,030 feet above sea level, the summit of Everest in the Himalayas attracts around 500 climbers wanting to scale the world's tallest peak each spring.
[The Herald] It is good news that Zimbabwe could have higher than average rainfall over the next few months, if a forecast by a global climate agency predicting greater chances of a La Nina in the central Pacific, the opposite of an El Nino, is accurate.
Check out this astonishing Underwater Museum in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia! This might be your new bucket list!
[Seychelles News Agency] Seychelles is a critical site for the conservation of reef manta ray as a new study shows that the species seldom venture far from D'Arros island and St Joseph atoll.
The pandemic has fast-forwarded a looming reckoning for the city of Cairns, the main gateway to the reef.
[UNEP] New York -- The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and The Ocean Agency, in collaboration with creativity partner Adobe, today launched Ocean League, a new campaign that showcases the power of creativity in driving positive change for ocean protection and climate action.
Huge dam projects that came on stream in the 1970s substantially slowed the rate of sea level rise.
Authorities in Mauritius have arrested the captain of the Japanese ship that ran aground on a coral reef and spilled 1,000 tons of oil on the Indian Ocean island's protected coastline.
Mauritius said on Wednesday it planned to scuttle the Japanese-owned bulk carrier that ran aground off its shores and spilled oil over pristine waters and fragile coral reefs. The MV Wakashio struck a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on July 25 and began spilling oil on Aug. 6, prompting the government to announce a state of environmental emergency. The spill spread over a vast area of endangered corals, affecting fish and other marine life in what some scientists have called the country's worst ecological disaster.
As sea levels rise, so will groundwater. A new study shows where rising groundwater could lead to flooding and damage in California.
Grey reef sharks are not so heartless as previously believed. These predators have been found to form long-lasting 'friendships,' with those in their social circle and meet at the same spot everyday.
A four-year study at a Pacific atoll revealed that grey reef sharks keep company with the same individuals, but how they recognise other group members is a mystery
Urgent efforts increased in Mauritius on Monday to empty a stranded Japanese ship of an estimated 2,500 tons of oil before the vessel breaks up and increases the contamination of the island's once-pristine coastline. Already more than 1,000 tons of the fuel has washed up on the eastern coast of Mauritius, polluting its coral reefs, protected lagoons and shoreline. High winds and waves are pounding the Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio, which ran aground on a coral reef two weeks ago and is showing signs of breaking up and dumping its remaining cargo of oil into the Indian Ocean waters surrounding Mauritius.
Fuel spilling from a Japanese bulk carrier that ran aground on a reef in Mauritius two weeks ago is creating an ecological disaster, endangering corals, fish and other marine life around the Indian Ocean island, officials and environmentalists say. The MV Wakashio, owned by the Nagashiki Shipping Company, struck the reef on Mauritius' southeast coast on July 25. On Thursday, the government said fuel was leaking from a crack in the vessel's hull and Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth declared a state of environmental emergency, pleading for international help.
A $5 million grant will help restore one of the major coral reefs located in federally protected waters around the Florida Keys.
[Seychelles News Agency] After 10 years of coral restoration, Nature Seychelles has raised over 50,000 corals in its underwater nurseries.
SpaceX launched NASA's Sentinel 6-Michael Freilich oceanography satellite from Vandenberg Air Force base in California on Saturday.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 launched from Central California on Saturday, carrying Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, the newest satellite to monitor global sea level rise.
It may look like a dog house in space, but Sentinel-6 will make the most precise map of ocean height.
An international effort to measure sea levels is set to launch a satellite to measure the height of the ocean. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is scheduled to head into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. (Nov. 20)
New offspring for the Copernicus family! The Earth observation satellite Sentinel-6 is scheduled to be launched on November 21. Its superpower: Sentinel-6 can monitor the ocean with millimeter precision.
A motorist tentatively negotiates a flooded section of the Santa Cruz to New River roadway on Saturday morning. Though there has been little or no rain since the weekend, water from the Black River Morass — swollen by heavy rains over the past two months — has invaded the roadway and threatened some homes in New River since midweek. New River, located just north of Santa Cruz on the fringes of the morass, and said to be below sea level, has been flooded on numerous occasions down...
( Stanford University ) Supercomputer simulations of planetary-scale interactions show how ocean storms and the structure of Earth's upper layers together generate much of the world's seismic waves. Decoding the faint but ubiquitous vibrations known as Love waves could yield insights about Earth's storm history, changing climate and interior.
Researchers from Isreal found that coral exposed to LED lighting are spawning at the wrong time - preventing them from successfully reproducing.
Photos were posted online showing the dog launch itself at the creature at Long Reef Aquatic Reserve, on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
Ahead of the impending launch of the Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite, join us for live discussions in English, French, German and Italian on the spaceborne technology that measures sea-level rise and how this contributes to our understanding of global climate change. Sea levels have not only been rising over the last years, but accelerating, putting coastal communities and multiple megacities at risk. Sentinel-6 will soon be launched to map, measure and monitor exactly this, so we can understand and mitigate its consequences.Director, Writer & Producer: Marc BauderProduction: bauderfilm in coproduction with Hessischen Rundfunk, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Südwestrundfunk und arte sowie Hanfgarn& UferProtagonists: Alexander Gerst, Dennis Snower, Matthieu...
This November the newest member of the EU’s Copernicus programme, Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, will take to the heavens from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The satellite is named after NASA’s former Director of Earth Observation and is a radar altimetry mission to monitor sea-level rise, wave-height and windspeed.The mission is a collaboration between ESA, the European Commission, EUMETSAT, NASA and NOAA, with support from the French space agency CNES. It will continue a three-decade-long time-series of radar altimetry missions that started with the Topex-Poseidon mission and was then followed by the Jason missions.
The Republic of Fiji Military Forces Naval Division was alerted to a fishing vessel that ran aground at Navatu Reef in the Lau group with 15 crew members on board.
The Reef World Foundation has chosen the Red Sea governorate as one of the best diving sites worldwide, recommending all tourists eager for a unique experience to pay a visit. The Red Sea ranked fourth place in the foundation’s list of the nine best international diving sites. According to the foundation, the Red Sea first … Continued
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October 29, 2020 8:07 AM The corals were discovered on deep seamounts and ridges in the mineral-rich Prime Crust Zone, which stretches from the Mariana Trench to the Hawaiian islands.
( Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences ) The increasing influences from the tropical Atlantic sea surface temperature could trigger the observed multidecadal seesaw of Indo-Pacific summer monsoons in terms of their intensity of interannual variability and monsoon-ENSO biennial relationship variability.
The Living Coral Biobank plans to house more than 800 species of the world’s hard corals as an insurance policy in case we need to rebuild reefs in future
Australian scientists working to map the seafloor around the northern Great Barrier Reef made a major discovery earlier this month, finding a 1,600-foot-tall detached coral reef.This is the first newfound reef in 120 years, NBC News reports. It is taller than the Empire State Building and almost a mile wide at its base. The reef is off the coast of North Queensland, and researchers from the Schmidt Ocean Institute first observed it on Oct. 20. On Sunday, an underwater robot was dispatched to take measurements and explore the reef. The institute's co-founder, Wendy Schmidt, said in a statement that this "unexpected discovery affirms that we continue to find unknown structures and new species in our ocean."Marine geologist Robin Beaman, who is leading the expedition, said the team...
The newly identified reef could contain many species new to science.
An underwater coral skyscraper taller than the Auckland Sky Tower has been discovered in the Great Barrier Reef.
Scientists from Australia's James Cook University said they were "surprised and elated" ...
Teams at ESA's mission control centre are getting ready to ensure a new Sentinel Earth Observation mission safely arrives in its correct orbit, from where it will map, measure and monitor rising sea levels after its launch on 10 November.
A man is in a critical condition after being attacked by a shark at the Great Barrier Reef.
HSBC and the Queensland Government become the first buyers of 'reef credits', under a new scheme to limit pollution flowing into the Great Barrier Reef.
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Rising seas could cause billions of dollars in damage to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Army Corps of Engineers researchers said yesterday, describing threats to U.S. territories that are already being battered by massive storms and flooding.
With less than a month to go before a SpaceX Falcon 9 takes Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich into orbit to chart sea-level rise, preparations are forging ahead at the launch site.
A new payload that Elon Musk's SpaceX will deliver into orbit next month will play a pivotal role in measuring sea level increases, potentially helping to spare economies from billions of euros in damages by the end of this century.
Elon Musk's SpaceX will launch its latest high-tech satellite on Nov. 10. It can measure even the slightest changes in sea levels from 830 miles above Earth
Every type of coral has declined since 1995 because of climate change, an Australian study finds.
Researchers studying the state of the Australian reef system - one of the seven natural wonders of the world - concluded it is disappearing faster than thought.
[Nation] Turkana County Commissioner Muthama Wambua has warned adamant residents living near the banks of River Turkwel of imminent massive destruction and displacement, noting that the Turkwel Dam is nearing its spillage level of 1,150 meters above sea level.
Australia's Great Barrier Reef has lost 50% of its coral populations in the last three decades, with climate change a key driver of reef disturbance, a new study has found.
[Citizen] Moshi -- It has been close to 30 hours since the wild fires broke on Mount Kilimanjaro, and the hungry flames are still raging even as fire brigade and volunteers give their all to contain the hungry flame which is at some 2700 metres above sea level.
Torrey, the gateway town to Capitol Reef National Park, lost its only post office. And the new one won't be finished until after the election.
( Utah State University ) A team of scientists at Utah State University has developed a new tool to forecast drought and water flow in the Colorado River several years in advance. Although the river's headwaters are in landlocked Wyoming and Colorado, water levels are linked to sea surface temperatures in parts of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and the water's long-term ocean memory. "Colorado River water supply is predictable on multi-year timescales owing to long-term ocean memory" was published in Communications Earth and Environment.
China has tested a high-altitude drone helicopter designed for missions on the country’s disputed border with India, according to state media reports.A prototype of the AR-500C unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) completed its maiden flight at an airport 4,411 metres (14,450 feet) above sea level in Sichuan province in southwestern China, neighbouring Tibet, on Sunday, the reports said.During the 15-minute flight, the Chinese-designed and built drone completed a series of tests including climbing,…
Researchers in South Florida showed this summer that transplanted corals can reproduce naturally on reefs, representing a significant advance in coral reef restoration.
Sawall, Yvonne; Harris, Moronke; Lebrato, Mario; Wall, Marlene; Feng, Ellias Yuming (2020): Discrete Pulses of Cooler Deep Water Can Decelerate Coral Bleaching During Thermal Stress: Implications for Artificial Upwelling During Heat Stress Events. In Front. Mar. Sci. 7, p. 720. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00720. "Artificial upwelling of cooler deep water to the surface layer may be a possible mitigation/management tool. In this study, we investigated the effect of simulated artificial upwelling with deep water off Bermuda collected at 50 m (24°C) and 100 m (20°C) on coral symbiont biology of 3 coral species (Montastrea cavernosa, Porites astreoides, and Pseudodiploria strigosa) in a temperature stress experiment." LINK
For 80 years the location of the Nazi warship remained a mystery - until now. Footage of the Karlsruhe shows the ship upright, 490 meters below sea level and adorned with a swastika.
China appears to be preparing thousands of its elite special forces to face off against their Indian counterparts in the troubled Himalayan border region as the military build-up on both sides of the frontier continues.According to a report on Chinese state broadcaster CCTV on Wednesday, a special operations brigade from the Tibet Military Area Command and an army aviation brigade jointly organised the first parachute training “in an unfamiliar area which is over 4,000 metres above sea level…
The yacht's owners dropped anchor improperly, damaging hundreds of coral colonies. Much of the damage came from its chain "swinging through the bed."
The stunning Low Isles, located 15 km offshore from Port Douglas and within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is in need of a caretaker to look after the island.
When coral bleaching was suspected in a pristine reef, scientists turned to some unlikely surveyors.
Most of the ice shelves buttressing Antarctica’s ice sheets risk fracturing as meltwater trickles into cracks on their surface, which could accelerate sea level rise
Rising sea levels don't concern a business planning a $350 million 231-unit apartment scheme at a Takapuna site with water on three sides.
Kingston Property has made a resource consent application to ...
Children born at 5,000 feet or more above sea level are typically smaller at birth and more likely to remain stunted than those born at lower altitudes, according to new worldwide research published Monday.
August 24, 2020 5:00 AM CAIRNS • Diving beneath the ocean, Mr Russell Hosp swam towards the limestone bed of the Great Barrier Reef, where he reattached bits of blue staghorn coral. With tourists gone, he was filling the void with this small act of conservation, which took his mind off the uncertain future on land.
August 23, 2020 11:48 AM CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA (NYTIMES) - Diving beneath the ocean, Russell Hosp swam toward the limestone bed of the Great Barrier Reef, where he reattached bits of blue staghorn coral. With tourists gone, he was filling the void with this small act of conservation, which took his mind off the uncertain future on land.
This doesn't mean building more now would work, though.
A draft of the updated Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan has been released for public comment. The six-week public consultation period closes on 30 September 2020.
The condition of the MV Wakashio was worsening early on Saturday and it split by the afternoon, the Mauritius National Crisis Committee said. The vessel struck a coral reef on July 25, spilling about 1,000 tonnes of fuel oil and endangering corals, fish and other marine life in what some scientists have called the country's worst ecological disaster. On Friday, some residual oil from the ship leaked into the ocean, Mauritius Marine Conservation Society President Jacqueline Sauzier told Reuters on Saturday morning.
Deadline: 21. August 2020 "We are looking for motivated individuals from diverse backgrounds to contribute to multi-stakeholder virtual working groups in Fall 2020. These working groups will be oriented around key ocean-based CDR pathways, as well as cross-cutting issues that affect all ocean-based CDR pathways. If you are interested in participating in one or more working groups, please sign up with the survey below by August 21." LINK
Up to $10 billion of California property could be underwater by 2050 because of sea-level rise, a new state analysis said.
The Prime Minister of Mauritius has declared a 'state of environmental emergency' after nearly 4,000 tons of oil were spilt into the Indian Ocean when a bulk carrier ran aground on a coral reef.
She is the second person in less than a week to be injured by a humpback whale at Ningaloo Reef.