Life onboard the R/V Falkor is a far cry from the spartan existence endured by most academic oceanographers on research trips. The privately run research vessel features a sauna, a glassed-in lounge and a helicopter pad to be kept clear at all times for VIP guests. All of which isn’t too surprising, as two of the VIPs are the Falkor’s benefactors: Google board chair Eric Schmidt and his wife Wendy. Read more about this in Nature.
As the Elwha continues to find is natural path and flush downstream the sediment trapped behind the dam’s concrete walls, scientists are noticing major changes. Read more about what they’re seeing in the Seattle Times.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday announced that $20 million in grants will go to 24 coastal wetland projects throughout the United States. Fully one-third of those grants will go to Washington state, and seven of the eight will be used for projects in the Puget Sound region. Read more about this and what it means for our nearby ecosystems.
There are decades, if not centuries, of data about the world’s oceans. However, sharing these data has been difficult – until now. Seattle start-up OneOcean garnered $6 million to create a “Dropbox for ocean data”; read more here!
Recent work by UW researchers shows that noise in some Puget Sound shipping channels regularly meets or exceeds levels the federal government suggests may be harmful to marine life. Read more here.
A massive dock, possibly debris from the March 2011 tsunami that struck Japan, has washed ashore in Washington state’s Olympic National Park – read more.
With a focus on science that serves society, NOAA scientists made new discoveries, collected valuable data, and provided information throughout 2012 to guide policymakers’ decisions. Here are some of NOAA Research’s top accomplishments of 2012.