Hurricane Irma is so strong that it is pulling water away from coastlines, an unusual phenomenon taking place in certain areas of Florida's west coast. Irma's powerful winds first blow offshore, essentially sucking the water away from the coast.

Hurricane Irma

The winds pulled water out of the Tampa…

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For the past two decades, scientists have documented a gradual lowering of the frequency of blue whale calls and they haven't been sure why – or even whether the phenomenon is intentional. Other baleen whales in the North Pacific have been recorded in recent years generating vocalizations that…

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 The University of Mauritius Research Week (UoM RW) has been held on an annual basis since 2007 and was organized for the 9th time from 19-23 September 2016. The Research Week is geared towards dissemination of knowledge generated through research activities at the University and by relevant stakeholders…

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The 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, using CMIP5 and EMIC model outputs suggests that the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC) is very likely to weaken by 11–34% over the next century, with consequences for global rainfall and temperature patterns. However, these coupled, global climate models cannot…

Read more: The importance of monitoring the Greater Agulhas Current and its inter-ocean exchanges using large mooring arrays

 

The Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association is recruiting a Programme Manager for it Marine Science for Management (MASMA) Programme to be based at the WIOMSA Secretariat Office in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

The MASMA Programme:

The MASMA programme is the premier regional competitive research granting mechanism providing funding…

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In 1932, William Beebe wedged his lanky body into a cramped submersible and became the first scientist to descend into the sea’s inky darkness. A tiny window let him gaze out. Later, he described an unfamiliar world of dancing lights, pale glows and beguiling shimmers.

“It seemed to…

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