Hurricanes Katia, Irma and Jose on Sept. 8, 2017.
To get a sense of how bad the 2021 hurricane season will be, keep an eye on the African monsoon, ocean temperatures and a possible late-blooming La Niña.
Ex-hurricane Ophelia striking the British Isles on October 16, 2017.
NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)
Storms which originate in the tropics and reach Europe aren’t as rare as scientists once thought.
Fishing boats in Henninsgsvær, Lofoten Islands, Norway.
A novel approach to fisheries management would see fishers taking control of their own catches.
Two people walk their bicycles along a flooded street on the waterfront of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as Hurricane Irma passes through on Sept. 10, 2017.
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Economic recovery and carbon neutrality are linked. Both depend on the ocean’s ability to continue to regulate climate.
The possibility of accurate predictions will aid planning adaptation for severe weather conditions
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With research that offers new insights, there is increased hope for improved climate predictions and better preparation for severe weather conditions.
The Galapagos Marine Reserve is home to nearly 3,000 marine species.
Marine protected areas will be important for achieving the ocean Sustainable Development Goals.
Oceans 21 is a Conversation international series examining the history and future of the world’s ocean.
Fishing boats coming into Le Guilvinec, Brittany, France, at the end of the day.
The Atlantic Ocean is still growing physically, but humans are over-harvesting its rich fisheries. The most famous one – North Atlantic cod – has become a textbook example of harmful overfishing.
Arctic sea ice levels have been falling for several decades.
The pattern of autumn sea ice growth has been completely disrupted. The director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center explains what’s happening.
Eelgrasses covered with small snails, which keep the leaves clean by feeding on algae that live on them.
Healthy seagrasses form underwater meadows teeming with fish and shellfish. A successful large-scale restoration project in Virginia could become a model for reseeding damaged seagrass beds worldwide.
Hurricanes Marco and Laura swept through the Gulf of Mexico just two days apart in August 2020.
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It’s only happened twice since naming started in 1950, and there’s an unusual twist to where many of the storms formed this year.
A vast plume of Saharan dust blankets Havana, Cuba, June 24, 2020.
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From June through October, it’s not unusual for huge Saharan dust plumes to blow across the Atlantic. They can darken skies but also bring calmer weather and electric sunsets. Here’s how they form.
A group of leading black, queer and feminist academics held a colloquium to reconsider a seminal blackness studies text – offering new ways of thinking about the decolonial project.
Surf threatens beach houses on Dauphin Island, Alabama, September 4, 2011 during Tropical Storm Lee.
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‘Building back better’ refers to making communities more disaster-proof and resilient after they take a hit. But instead, some US owners are building back bigger homes in vulnerable places.
Warning sign at a Cape Cod beach.
The return of white sharks to Cape Cod, Massachusetts was a tourism success story – until a shark killed a swimmer. Can the Cape’s residents and visitors learn to share the ocean with these apex predators?
Since 2005, the Barents Sea has become too warm for sea ice to exist south of the Polar Front.
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How we showed the Atlantic circulation system is its weakest for 1,600 years.
Yellow-bellied sea snake (
Coleman M. Sheehy III, Florida Museum of Natural History
Sea snakes spend their lives in the water, giving birth to live young at sea, so why are they only found in some of the world’s oceans? The answer lies in a combination of climate and geography.
Trowels and spades are being put to use in the sea.
Very few Atlantic hurricanes travel northwards like this.