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NOAA scientists have created the California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment to track and interpret environmental change off the West Coast so that they can monitor shifting conditions. They were alarmed in September when the ocean warming reached similar conditions to those seen in 2014-15, but also said at the time that if weather patterns shifted, this year’s blob could dissipate quite quickly, which is what seems to be happening now.
Photographer Kristian Laine was free diving near Lady Elliot Island when he spotted and snapped pics of what may be the world’s only pink manta ray — named Inspector Clouseau, after the beloved detective in “The Pink Panther” movies. Laine initially thought that his camera was broken, National Geographic reported, and was shocked to learn […]
This week, in honor of Black History Month, are shining a spotlight on a trailblazing leader of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s uniformed service corps (the NOAA Corps) where she rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. Admiral Fields was the first African-American woman to command a ship in the U.S. uniformed services (which includes the Navy and the Coast Guard) for an extended assignment when she took command of the NOAA research vessel McArthur in 1989.
Hurricanes can bring sheer destruction to coastal communities like causing elevated sea level, known as storm surge, extensive shoreline erosion, destruction to reefs, and other geologic effects leading to the loss of property and life. However, a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has revealed that hurricanes may actually […]