The digital age is profoundly reshaping our information landscape, challenging us with an unprecedented opportunity to transform how we conduct and communicate research. On behalf of Nature.com, COMPASS, UW College of the Environment, and the Open Science Federation, we are thrilled to introduce “Science Online Seattle“: a monthly conversation series that combines in-person and virtual discussions of the best practices, biggest arguments, and shiniest tools in the online science realm. Based on the design of Science Online New York City (#soNYC), Science Online Seattle (#soSEA) explores how we carry out and communicate science online.
Every month we invite a panel to seed a discussion on a particular topic according to the following schedule:
Month 1: science communication and outreach
Month 2: online tools for scientists, including digital publishing
Month 3: legal, policy etc issues around science and science communication
Our experiment launches on April 16th, at 7pm PDT , where Lisa Graumlich, UW College of the Environment, Brian Glanz,Open Science Federation, and Firas Khatib and Seth Cooper, Foldit, will lead an exploration of the blurring boundaries of doing and sharing science online. Unable to attend the live event? No problem – we also live-stream (and archive) every session and invite discussion on Twitter using the #SoSEA hashtag.
A new study indicates that sea-level rise from global warming has implications for Pacific Northwest homeowners, stating that 17,500 homes in both Washington and Oregon may become inundated. Read more here.
Check out this video featuring APL doctoral student Chris Bassett: “By all objective measures Puget Sound is a noisy place. And this is due to the amount of vessel traffic in the area. Noise can interfere with marine mammals — their ability to communicate with themselves or to forage and hunt for prey. All the complex tasks they perform are done with sound. If we limit their ability to hear, we’re limiting their ability to perform.” His research will inform plans to add a tidal energy conversion system to the Puget Sound seafloor.
Each week we share the latest publications coming from the College of the Environment. This week, four new articles published by members of the College of the Environment were added to the Web of Science or published online:
Using biofuels, the USS Ford, an Everett-based Navy guided-missile Frigate, successfully sailed from home port to San Diego on March 2nd. The USS Ford (FFG54) burned 25,000 gallons of a 50-50 algae-derived, hydro-processed algal oil and petroleum blend in the ship’s gas turbines. Read more here.
Species like herring, smelt, sardines and squid are important food sources for the ocean’s top predators. But there is increasing pressure globally to harvest these “forage fish” for everything from hog feed and fertilizer to bait for recreational or commercial fishing. And these fish are often the ones scientists understand the least. Read more here.