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Rapidly acidifying waters pose major threat for Southern Ocean ecosystem

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As a result of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, the chemistry of the Southern Ocean is expected to change so fast over the next few decades that tiny creatures at the base of the food web may soon struggle to form their shells. New research by scientists from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks …

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Marine debris drift model simulates MH370 crash site and flow paths

IPRC model showing predicted movement of crash debris.

  The International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) within SOEST has used the Marine Debris Drift Model developed by SOEST researchers Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner to simulate the pathways of debris from the likely crash site of MH370 in the Indian Ocean.  Building upon the model the developed to predict the movement of debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan, Maximenko and …

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Antarctic ice-sheet less stable than previously assumed

Iceberg in Scotia Sea

The first evidence for massive and abrupt iceberg calving in Antarctica, dating back 19,000 to 9,000 years ago, has now been documented by an international team of geologists and climate scientists. Their findings are based on analysis of new, long deep sea sediment cores extracted from the region between the Falkland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. The study in the …

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Corroborating the castaway story

Path of tracers

The fisherman’s improbable 13-month voyage from Mexico westward across the Pacific agrees with simulations of a computer model developed at the University Hawai‘i at Mānoa International Pacific Research Center. Scientist Nikolai Maximenko and Scientific Programmer Jan Hafner placed 16 tracers into their ocean model 200 nautical miles southwest of the coastal fishing village Chiapas, Mexico, on December 20, 2012, around the …

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Paths of possible debris from storm surge of super typhoon Haiyan

Paths of possible debris from storm surge of super typhoon Haiyan

Images of the storm surge from super typhoon Haiyan as it struck the city of Tacloban on November 8 awaken memories of the tsunami devastation in Japan a little over 2½ years ago. How much and what kind of debris the storm surge washed into the ocean is not yet known. Should such debris have been generated, however, a large …

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IPRC Monsoon Expert Wins Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research

By Gisela Spiedel Internationally acclaimed meteorologist and monsoon expert Professor Bin Wang is a winner of this year’s prestigious Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research. Wang, who is chair and professor at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Meteorology Department and the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC), received the medal at the UH Manoa awards ceremony on April 30. Wang …

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