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Ten European countries invest €7.5 million into research on microplastics in the ocean

Four research projects investigating the impact of plastic particles on the marine environment are selected for funding from ten member countries of the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans).

 

Climate change will bring greater biodiversity to global seas

Tropical marine animals that currently thrive in warm habitats around the equator will have to spread north and south to avoid extinction as global sea temperatures rise, a study has found.

 

Scientists at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), alongside international partners, modelled data for nearly 13,000 marine species and found that by the end of this century, countries either side of the Tropics would have a

greater variety of marine species, while the Tropics would suffer a nett loss.

 

Scientists reveal algal oil potential as fuel for the future

Researchers at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) have unlocked a treasure chest of ‘super-algae’ that could provide a previously untapped source of oil.

 

Using a newly devised technique, scientists examined micro-algae strains in the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP), an internationally important algal store based at SAMS in Oban, to find out which ocean-based strains had the highest oil content.

 

Exceptionally rapid onset of coastal upwelling offshore Peru- Kiel marine scientists find significant changes in the eastern Pacific during the past 10,000 years

The coastal upwelling of cold and nutrient-rich waters off Peru and Ecuador is significant not only for the regional fishing industry, but also for the global carbon cycle and thus for the Earth's climate. As part of the Kiel Collaborative Research Centre 754, scientists of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel examined how this system has developed and changed in the past. Their work showed that coastal upwelling only began there ~10,000 years ago, and then continuously expanded northward along the South American coast.

Ocean warming leads to stronger precipitation extremes

Recent event underlines importance of study by German and Russian scientists
Due to climate change, not only atmospheric, but also oceanic, temperatures are rising. A study published in the international journal Nature Geoscience led by scientists at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel shows that increases in sea surface temperature can contribute to the development of stronger precipitation events. Their findings are underpinned by flash-flooding in June in the Olympic city of Sochi, Russia.

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