Estimates vary widely of the flotsam that will wash upon the shores of countries across the Pacific Ocean from last year’s tsunami in northern Japan. Most of these estimates are too high, and are small change compared to the piles of garbage currently saturating our oceans, UW Artist in Residence Usha McFarling states in her op ed in the Los Angeles Times. Read more here.
SAFS‘ Ray Hilborn published an op ed in the New York Times about what it means for a fishery to be sustainable. Read it here!
A diagram of the Earth's center as a giant ball of fire from the 1678 book "Subterranean World." (New York Times)
New studies show that the Earth’s core, long known to be a potent and mysterious place, is even more dramatic than we thought. ESS‘ John Vidale is quoted. Read more here!
Scientists dissecting the remains of the disastrous 1980 explosion of Mt. St. Helens in Washington state say that crystal formations trapped in volcanic rocks hold important clues about when a magma-loaded mountain is about to blow — a discovery that could help volcanologists make more accurate predictions about future eruptions. ESS‘ Olivier Bachmann is quoted. Read more here!
On April 16, 2012 NOAA released an online ocean floor viewer that allows anyone with internet access the ability to explore undersea features, including deep ocean canyons, sea mounts and coastal shelves. Check it out!
It’s surprising that some of the largest mammals in the world would possess an organ of which humans are not aware. Well, now we are! Check out this neat blog post about how whales can handle those mouthfuls of water, and what new organ has been discovered that scientists think might help whales know when they’ve had enough.
Check out this video and poster where UW graduate students explore the theme of ocean change from a multidisciplinary perspective, fulfilling one of the key goals of University of Washington’s IGERT Program on Ocean Change (IPOC). By helping students examine changes in the ocean from an interdisciplinary perspective, IPOC enables them to handle the complex problems an uncertain future for the oceans will present. The diverse approaches – from ecology to social sciences to microbiology – that IPOC students bring to bear on ocean change mirror the multitude of perspectives held on this issue by academics, stakeholders, and the general public. Listen to how the first IPOC cohort is tackling ocean change in their research, and see what others have to say when asked what “ocean change” means to them.