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Latest and Breaking Oceanography News

NASA gathers wind, rain, cloud data on major Tropical Cyclone Eunice
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's RapidScat, GPM and Terra satellite have been actively providing wind, rain and cloud data to forecasters about Tropical Cyclone Eunice. The storm reached Category 5 status on the Saffir-Simpson scale on Jan. 30.

Blue mussels not yet the bellwether of NE coastal environment
(Brown University) Mussels could be the perfect 'sentinel' species to signal the health of coastal ecosystems. But a new study of blue mussels in estuary ecosystems along 600 kilometers of coastline in the Northeast uncovered three key mysteries that will have to be solved first.

Scientists trial system to improve safety at sea
(University of Leicester) New satellite imaging concept proposed by University of Leicester-led team could significantly reduce search areas for missing boats and planes.

Where did the missing oil go? New FSU study says some is sitting on the Gulf floor
(Florida State University) A new study led by Florida State University professor of oceanography Jeff Chanton finds that some 6 million to 10 million gallons of oil from the BP oil spill are buried in the sediment on the Gulf floor, about 62 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta.

Diamondra sitting in the middle of the Indian Ocean not threatening land
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Cyclone Diamondra is currently in the middle of the Indian Ocean and is not threatening any land masses at this time.

Tropical Cyclone Eunice still churning in the Southern Indian Ocean
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Tropical Cyclone Eunice in the South Indian Ocean, well south of Diego Garcia and the Cocos Islands. Its location is 637 nautical miles south-southwest of these islands. The storm is currently tracking south-southeastward at 10 knots.

Global warming won't mean more stormy weather
(University of Toronto) A study led by atmospheric physicists at the University of Toronto finds that global warming will not lead to an overall increasingly stormy atmosphere, a topic debated by scientists for decades. Instead, strong storms will become stronger while weak storms become weaker, and the cumulative result of the number of storms will remain unchanged.

New research shows our seas are in trouble
(University of Sheffield) New research by the University of Sheffield has warned of the increasing risk of extinction to our marine life.

Genetic basis of color diversity in coral reefs discovered
(University of Southampton) Scientists from the University of Southampton have discovered the genetic basis which allows corals to produce their stunning range of colors.

Researchers produce two bio-fuels from a single algae
(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels.

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