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  • Fri, 04 Jan 2019 05:00:00 +0000: The long memory of the Pacific Ocean - WHOI News Releases

    The ocean has a long memory. When the water in today’s deep Pacific Ocean last saw sunlight, Charlemagne was the Holy Roman Emperor, the Song Dynasty ruled China and Oxford University had just held its very first class. During that time, between the 9th and 12th centuries, the earth’s climate was generally warmer before the cold of the Little Ice Age settled in around the 16th century. Now ocean surface temperatures are back on the rise but the question is, do the deepest parts of the ocean know that?

  • Wed, 19 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000: Why Is Sea Level Rising Faster in Some Places Along the U.S. East Coast Than Others? - WHOI News Releases

    Sea levels are rising globally from ocean warming and melting of land ice, but the seas aren’t rising at the same rate everywhere. Sea levels have risen significantly faster in some U.S. East Coast regions compared to others. A new study led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) reveals why.

  • Tue, 18 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000: Groups of Pilot Whales Have Their Own Dialects - WHOI News Releases
    In humans, different social groups, cities, or regions often have distinct accents and dialects. Those vocal traits are not unique to us, however. A new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has found that short-finned pilot whales living off the coast of Hawai’i have their own sorts of vocal dialects, a discovery that may help researchers understand the whales’ complex social structure.
  • Wed, 12 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000: Coral Larvae Use Sound to Find a Home on the Reef - WHOI News Releases
    Researchers found that the soundscape of a reef—the combined sounds of all animals living nearby—might play a major role in steering corals towards healthy reef systems and away from damaged ones.
  • Wed, 05 Dec 2018 05:00:00 +0000: Greenland Ice Sheet Melt 'Off the Charts' Compared With Past Four Centuries - WHOI News Releases

    Surface melting across Greenland’s mile-thick ice sheet began increasing in the mid-19th century and then ramped up dramatically during the 20th and early 21st centuries, showing no signs of abating, according to new research published Dec. 5, 2018, in the journal Nature.  The study provides new evidence of the impacts of climate change on Arctic melting and global sea level rise.