Articles on Ocean currents

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Larval black sea bass, an important commercial species along the US Atlantic coast. NOAA Fisheries/Ehren Habeck

Fish larvae float across national borders, binding the world’s oceans in a single network

Fish can't read maps, and their eggs and larvae drift across national boundaries. Recent research shows that local problems in one fishery can affect others across wide areas.
Southern bull kelp can drift huge distances before washing ashore. Ceridwen Fraser

How an alien seaweed invasion spawned an Antarctic mystery

A chance discovery of some kelp that floated for 20,000km before washing up on an Antarctic beach has opened up a new chapter in our understanding of the currents that swirl around the Southern Ocean.
Ocean gliders are being used to study the Agulhas Current. They bring enormous benefits. SOCCO/SAMERC

Gliders are helping unlock the secrets of the Agulhas current

The Agulhas Current is important to South Africa for a variety of reasons. Studying how it impacts the coast has been difficult using traditional methods. But gliders are changing that.
Filipino artists painted an image of MH370 at a high school in the Philippines in 2014 to express solidarity and hope for the passengers and crew of the missing flight. EPA/Amiel Meneses

The search for MH370 is over: what we learnt and where to now

The search for MH370 has been officially suspended without having found the plane. Where could MH370 be? Was the search in vain?
Steven Morgan deploys ABLE robots in a swimming pool to test how well their programs simulate larval behavior. University of California, Davis

Underwater robots help scientists see where marine larvae go and how they get there

Most ocean species start out as larvae drifting with currents. Using underwater robots, scientists have found that larvae use swimming motions to affect their course and reach suitable places to grow.
Rain approaching the Pinnacles in Western Australia – how best to understand what past climate change has had on the region? Flickr/Matt Brand

Digging deep into the past to see the future of climate change

Scientists are about to embark on a two month mission to find out how Australia and its reefs coped with climate change in the past, and therefore how it should cope with any future change.
Warmer waters heading south – here’s sunrise off Manly in New South Wales. Flickr/Jeff Turner

Things warm up as the East Australian Current heads south

Occasional erratic bursts southward of the East Australian Current (EAC) are thought to have moderated the weather of south-east Australia this autumn and winter and they continue to introduce tropical…

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