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Warm ocean water melts largest glacier in East Antarctica

Warm ocean water is melting the largest glacier in East Antarctica from below, according to new Australian Antarctic research.

The team of 23 scientists and technicians from the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC (ACE CRC), the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship, returned to Hobart today onAustralia’s icebreaker Aurora Australis, after taking the first water samples ever collected alongside
the Totten Glacier.

Prof Karen Wiltshire to become the new Chair of the Partnership for the Observation of Global Oceans (POGO)

On Monday, 26 January 2015, Prof Karen Wiltshire will assume the office of Chair for the Partnership for the Observation of Global Oceans (POGO). During her upcoming two-year term of office the Vice-Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), plans to promote the formation of partnerships between research ships in the Atlantic, and to improve the networking of researchers who use long-term data. Further, she hopes to encourage scientists to take on a more proactive role in the establishment of marine protected areas.

Cool deep-water protects coral reefs against heat stress

Internal waves mitigate the increase in water temperatures in the Andaman Sea


Cool currents from the deep ocean could save tropical corals from lethal heat stress. Researchers from Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Phuket Marine Biological Center observed internal waves preserving corals in the Andaman Sea. Because satellites do not detect these small-scale phenomena, local measurements are crucial for the establishment and monitoring of protected areas, the scientists point out in the January issue of the "Proceedings of the Royal Society B".

International team of scientists try to unravel the Ontong Java Plateau mystery

In January 2015, Hobart hosted a visit from Schmidt Ocean Institute’s (SOI) international oceanographic research vessel (RV) Falkor, arriving from the northwest Pacific Ocean before heading to the Tasman Sea. SOI offers ship time to technology-focused science projects through awards given to researchers from around the world, whose proposals are successfully selected through a competitive process.

Prof Mike Coffin, a marine geophysicist and Executive Director of the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), is just back from leading a voyage between the Solomon Islands and Micronesia.


The largest volcanic eruption in the planet’s history most likely formed the Ontong Java Plateau, a submarine elevation the size of Western Australia that mostly falls within the marine jurisdiction of the Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands.

Three new founders support work of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Gifts help advance work to understand ongoing ocean changes

East Boothbay, Maine – Lyn and Daniel Lerner, Anna Marie and John E. Thron, and the Harold Alfond Foundation became the latest three “Founders” of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. Their significant charitable gifts support research that is advancing what is known about the global ocean, how it works, and the important role marine microbes play in maintaining planetary balance. These contributions bring the total number of Founders to 15. Bigelow Laboratory’s Founders Campaign is limited to the first 20 donors who provide unrestricted support of $250,000 or more to the Laboratory. The campaign was launched in 2010 to support the Laboratory’s expanding operations and implementation of its strategic plan as it opened its new campus in East Boothbay in 2012.


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