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R/V Kav Kav II

On February 27th 2010, shortly after an 8.8 earthquake hit the central coast of Chile, a series of tidal waves destroyed the fishing town of Dichato located 40 km Northwest of Concepcion. The Marine Biological Station of the Department of Oceanography of the University of Concepcion located there was swept away by the tsunami, and the R/V Kay Kay II anchored in front of the Station ended up on a hill inland, in Coliumo.

Biodiversity in Mangrove Ecosystems - Training Course

The Tenth International Training Course on Biodiversity in Mangrove Ecosystems, sponsored by UNU-INWEH-UNESCO, will be held at the Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Faculty of Marine Science, Annamalai University, India from October 1-15, 2010. Application and Fellowship forms, along with two reference letters, must be submitted by August 15, 2010. For more information, click here.

The Nansen-Tutu Centre for Marine Environmental Research

A new collaboration between South Africa and Norway, The Nansen-Tutu Centre for Marine Environmental Research, was launched May 20th, 2010 and consists of a partnership between the University of Cape Town's Marine Research (MA-RE) Institute (South Africa) and the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre, NERSC, (Norway). This collaboration aims to collect oceanographic information on the South Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Southern Ocean.


Ocean salinities show an intensified water cycle

14 April 2010 (online article from CSIRO available here)


Evidence that the world's water cycle has already intensified is contained in new research to be published in the American Journal of Climate. The stronger water cycle means arid regions have become drier and high rainfall regions wetter as atmospheric temperature increases. The study, co-authored by CSIRO scientists Paul Durack and Dr Susan Wijffels, shows the surface ocean beneath rainfall-dominated regions has freshened, whereas ocean regions dominated by evaporation are saltier.


Massive Southern Ocean current discovered

26 April 2010 (online article from CSIRO available here)


A deep ocean current with a volume equivalent to 40 Amazon Rivers has been discovered by Japanese and Australian scientists near the Kerguelen plateau, in the Indian Ocean sector of the Southern Ocean, 4,200 kilometres south-west of Perth.

In a paper published today in Nature Geoscience, the researchers described the current -more than three kilometres below the Ocean's surface - as an important pathway in a global network of ocean currents that influence climate patterns.



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