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Rogue wave theory to save ships
(Australian National University) Physicists have found an explanation for rogue waves in the ocean and hope their theory will lead to devices to warn ships and save lives.

Past and present sea levels in the Chesapeake Bay Region, USA
(Geological Society of America) In a new article for GSA Today, authors Benjamin DeJong and colleagues write that sea-level rise (3.4 mm/yr) is faster in the Chesapeake Bay region than any other location on the Atlantic coast of North America, and twice the global average (1.7 mm/yr). They have found that dated interglacial deposits suggest that relative sea levels in the Chesapeake Bay region deviate from global trends over a range of timescales.

Endangered icebreakers: The future of Arctic research, exploration and rescue at risk
(American Geosciences Institute) The United States' Icebreaker Fleet -- operated by the US Coast Guard -- consists of just two ships that are used for everything from search and rescue to national security operations to scientific research. Examine the various roles icebreakers play, especially in Arctic research, and how insufficient funding is affecting the icebreakers' roles.

Humpback whale recovery in Australia -- A cause for celebration
(Elsevier) Australia has one of the highest rates of animal species that face extinction in the world. However, over the last decade, there have been animals that are rebounding. One example is the conservation success story of the recovery of the humpback whales that breed in Australian waters. This new study, published in Marine Policy, reviews data collected in past studies and proposes a revision of the conservation status for humpback whales found in Australian waters.

FAU to develop unmanned marine vehicles for bridge inspections
(Florida Atlantic University) Florida has approximately 11,450 bridges and inspecting and maintaining them is arduous, especially since so many of them span rivers, canals and saltwater areas. Researchers at FAU have received a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to develop unmanned marine vehicles for on-water bridge inspections. Unlike manned vessels, which are continuously teleoperated by a human user, unmanned surface vehicles are capable of operating autonomously without human intervention for prolonged periods of time.

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone 12W grow into a Tropical Storm
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The storm intensified into a tropical storm as NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead at 03:00 UTC (July 22 at 11 p.m. EDT).

NASA sees Tropical Depression Felicia 'swallow' Socorro Island
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Eastern Pacific Ocean and observed Tropical Depression Felicia almost directly over Socorro Island, as if the storm swallowed the island.

NASA's GPM sees dry air affecting Typhoon Halola
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The Global Precipitation Measurement mission core observatory passed over Typhoon Halola and saw that the northern side of the storm lacked rainfall. Dry air moving into the storm from the north was sapping the development of thunderstorms on that side of the storm.

Missoula's Sunburst sensors wins XPRIZE for ocean device
(The University of Montana) Sunburst Sensors LLC, a company resulting from University of Montana research, won $1.5 million in XPRIZE funding on July 20 for producing the best device to affordably, accurately and efficiently measure ocean chemistry.

Satellite sees birth of Tropical Storm Felicia in Eastern Pacific Ocean
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Felicia was born early on July 23 in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, over 400 miles southwest of Baja California's southern tip. NOAA's GOES-West satellite provided an infrared image of the newborn storm.

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