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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.


WAMS Press Release

In accordance with measures adopted at the 25th session of the Assembly of UNESCO-Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission IOC (16-25 June 2009), a meeting of a planning group was held at IOC, Paris, April 13th – 14th 2010, to discuss the creation of a “World Association of Marine Stations” (WAMS). This group agreed unanimously that WAMS was urgently needed and on April 14th 2010 WAMS was established.

World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

The University of Aberdeen, in partnership with the University of St Andrews, is delighted to be bringing the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity to Scotland from 26-30 September 2011.

The conference will provide the premier platform for discussion, dissemination, policy analysis and development of the key issues surrounding marine biodiversity, as well as providing an opportunity for the marine community to further influence the key thinkers and policy makers worldwide.

Chile's Earthquake May Set Back Research for Years

Jocelyn Kaiser and Antonio Regalado

Science 12 March 2010: Vol. 327. no. 5971, pp. 1308 - 1309 DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5971.1308

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European Science Foundation (ESF) Science Policy Briefing #37 on the “Impacts of Ocean Acidification”

The European Science Foundation (ESF) Science Policy Briefing #37 on the “Impacts of Ocean Acidification” is available for download (or for request of paper copies) on the ESF publication webpage.


An ESF Science Policy Briefing entitled “Impacts of Ocean Acidification”, a joint activity of LESC and the ESF-Marine Board, was published in August 2009. It gives a comprehensive view from leading scientists in Europe and in the USA on this topic. Ocean acidification is the hidden partner of climate change. The increasing acidity levels currently observed could in the future reduce the oceans‟ capacity to absorb carbon dioxide. In addition, this reduced absorption will contribute to irreversible changes in ocean chemistry, with yet unclear implications for marine ecosystems and fisheries resources and the human communities that rely on them.



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