University of Washington scientists are using advanced photography to reveal the world in ways unimaginable generations ago. The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture presents four opportunities to learn about how they’re investigating the natural world. Talks in the series “The Scientific Lens: Research and Photography” will be at 7 p.m. at the museum. Admission is free for UW faculty, staff and students; others pay $5 at the door. Pre-registration is recommended. Learn more about this exciting series here!
Why is Antarctica seeing record-high sea ice accumulation? Does this change the game regarding global warming? APL‘s Jinlun Zhang is mentioned in this explanation of the atmosphere-ocean patterns and processes scientists are exploring in our polar regions.
Kate Stafford, an oceanographer with UW’s Applied Physics Lab, wanted to find out if any endangered bowhead whales passed through the Fram Strait, an inhospitable, ice-covered stretch of sea between Greenland and the northern islands of Norway. When she listened to the audio picked up by a recording device that spent a year in the icy waters, she was stunned at what she heard: whales singing a remarkable variety of songs nearly constantly for five wintertime months. Read more here, and listen to the haunting songs!
Leveraging a set of photographs that had been tucked away for decades, researchers show the sensitivity of Greenland’s glaciers as they responded to the warm and cool periods of the 20th century. The Polar Science Center‘s Benjamin Smith is quoted. 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.