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Perkins+Will wins international design award for innovative Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science’s building

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science’s new LEED platinum building captured an Honorable Mention in R&D Magazine’s 48th Laboratory of the Year Awards. Designed by Perkins+Will and WBRC Architects and Engineers, this was one of only four projects from around the world to be honored.The award will be presented at the 2014 Laboratory Design Conference on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Westin Waltham Boston Hotel in Massachusetts.

Open-source Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry programme-ERSEM model release

Today sees the release of the open-source Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry programme-ERSEM model, as a modelling tool for the marine science community.

 

ERSEM (the European Regional Seas Ecosystem Model) is a numerical representation of an ecological system, studied to gain understanding of the real-life system. It is designed to simulate carbon and nutrient cycling and ecosystem response in European shelf seas and beyond. This enables scientists to make predictions about future conditions and changes within the Earth system under anthropogenic influences and climate change.

Corals don’t lie: centuries of rising sea levels and temperature data revealed

AIMS scientists together with a team from The University of Western Australia, CSIRO and the University of San Diego have analysed coral cores from the eastern Indian Ocean to understand how the unique coral reefs of Western Australia are affected by changing ocean currents and water temperatures. The research was published today in the international journal Nature Communications. The findings give new insights into how La Niña, a climate swing in the tropical Pacific, affects the Leeuwin current and how our oceans are changing.

Autonomous sub dives for marine science

Donegal, 29 March, 2014 -- A cutting edge, unmanned submarine was launched today off Donegal on a 30-day scientific mission to investigate the marine environment of the little-known slopes of the ocean shelf edge.

 

Fitted with the latest oceanographic sensors, battery technology and advanced satellite communication, Autosub Long Range (ALR) is a state-of-the-art autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) developed by the National Oceanography Centre for collecting scientific data for a four-year research programme studying the water exchange between the UK’s shelf edge seas and the deep ocean. The shelf edge is where the shallow coastal waters of the UK’s continental shelf meet the deep ocean water across the steep sloping sides of the shelf edge. This area is nutrient-rich, productive, important for fisheries and is open to a lot of movement and exchange of water and nutrients.

Increasing acidity and rising temperatures will have complex effects on marine diseases in coral reefs

Coral reefs today face many threats: increasingly acidic oceans, rising temperatures, over-fishing, and pollution, to name a few. As if these pressures weren’t enough, corals and the animals that live on them can get sick, just like humans, and ocean acidification, global warming, and pollution may make reefs more vulnerable to disease.

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