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Tsunami Early Warning System for the Indian Ocean is completed

28.12.2010, Science Daily

Taken from ScienceDaily (Dec. 24, 2010) — Six years after the tsunami disaster of 26/12/2004, the set-up of the German-Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System for the Indian Ocean (GITEWS) has been completed. The project ends on 31 March 2011. After that, Indonesia accepts the sole responsibility for the overall system.


Technological masterpieces launched during annual scientific balloon campaign

22.12.2010, National Science Foundation

NASA and the National Science Foundation launched a scientific balloon on Monday, December 20, Eastern Standard time, to study the effects of cosmic rays on Earth. It was the first of five scientific balloons scheduled to launch from Antarctica in December.


Online spectra database

21.12.2010, UV/VIS+ Spectra Database

The online UV/VIS+ Spectra Database from Science SoftCon this year celebrates its 10th anniversary. The database was founded in August 2000 and has since then seen enormous growth.


The rig at sea

Drilling in the Dead Sea

19.12.2010, Dr. Michael Lazar, ICDP-DSDDP Project Manager, Dept. of Marine Geosciences, University of Haifa, Israel

Recently the International Continental Drilling Program (ICDP) started drilling in the Dead Sea. With this project, ICDP wants to provide a unique, high-resolution record of lake levels and thus climate change in the area, which can then be correlated to global events. Scientists are studying everything from pore-water geochemistry, the deep-biosphere, tectonics and paleomagnetism.


Storm-surges might dramatically increase property losses within the next few decades

18.12.2010, American Meteorological Society

A recent study on storm-surge risk along the Atlantic Seaboard and Gulfcoast shows that in 2030, hurricane-driven surges will amplify overall property losses due to the effect of sea level rise. Increases in expected losses will vary by region, with increases of twenty per cent or more being common.


The history of fire in the Southern Hemisphere

17.12.2010, Science

The newest issue of Science covers a paper and a Science perspective about the history of biomass burning in the Southern Hemisphere. For their reconstruction, researchers measured the carbon monoxide and its isotopes they found in Antarctic ice cores.


Moorlands in Staffordshire, England

Climate change in the British Uplands

16.12.2010, Inter Research - Climate Research

The Inter-Research Science Center will publish a special issue of the Climate Research (CR) Journal by the end of this year. It will highlight climate change in relation with the British Uplands.


Hockeystick curve supported by statistics

15.12.2010, Open Access Article

In a paper in the next issue of the Annals of Applied Statistics Blakeley B. McShane and Abraham J. Wyner assess the reliability of climate reconstructions based on proxies such as tree rings, ice cores, etc. Their models generally confirm Michael Mann's hockeystick albeit with a larger uncertainty.



What's going on at AGU 2010?


Follow the latest news from the Fall Meeting in AGU's Blogosphere. Blogs include: Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Scientists respond with research, Lessons from a year of disasters, Isotope detectives wanted: Find the signatures of life!, Astrobiology, Volcanoes, and More! Stay tuned if you are unable to go to SF this year.


Under the Eyes of the Buddha

Film: Under the Eyes of the Buddha

15.12.2010, YouTube

Documentary film of fieldwork by Stockholm Professor Barbara Wohlfarth in Thailand, coring and analyzing lake sediments to reconstruct past changes in monsoon intensity.


Sea ice and icebergs in Antarctica

The ultimate climate change FAQ

11.12.2010, The ultimate climate change FAQ

Guardian has launched what they hope will become "the definitive and most accessible guide to climate change, covering science, politics and economics".


Oceanography jobs

Postdoctoral research opportunities in marine calcification – Ocean acidification and global ocean-climate change

10.12.2010, Ries Laboratory

The Ries Laboratory in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill seeks a postdoctoral fellow interested in conducting NSF-funded research on the relationship between global ocean-climate change and marine calcification, to begin Fall 2011.


Bromo crater left foreground

Volcanoes Bromo, Merapi, Tungurahua calm down

09.12.2010, Source

The Indonesian authorities have graded down the alert level for Merapi and Bromo as eruptions are slowing down. Activity on the other side of the Pacific, at the Ecuadorian volcano Tungurahua, has decreased at the same time.


Image courtesy of Science/AAAS

The arsenic-loving bacteria controversy

09.12.2010, Discover blog

Of arsenic and aliens: What the critics said. Blog by Carl Zimmer in Discover.


Meltwater drainage may counter glacier runaway

09.12.2010, New Scientist

In this week's Nature, Christian Schoof, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, argues that meltwater draining to the glacier bed does not necessarily lead to accelerated ice flow and thinning. A system of basal channels is capable of draining away the increased water input resulting from atmospheric warming. Yet, short-term increaes of precipitation and melting may still accelerate glacier flow.


Courtesy of the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

Calcifying invertebrates succeed in a naturally CO2-rich coastal habitat but are threatened by high levels of future acidification

05.12.2010, Open Access Article

Due to the increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide acidity of the world's oceans is increasing. This new study by a group of German marine geologists and biologists shows that organisms that form calcareous shells may cope with a certain degree of acification, but will be harmed by the higher levels expected near the end of this century.



Ocean Acidification harmful for carbonate shell building organisms, maybe less so for fish


Article in EGU open access journal Biogeoscience: Effect of ocean acidification on marine fish sperm (Baltic cod: Gadus morhua).