A rapid loss of phytoplankton threatens to turn the western Indian Ocean into an “ecological desert,” a new study warns. The research reveals that phytoplankton populations in the region fell an alarming 30 percent over the last 16 years. A decline in ocean mixing due to warming surface waters is to blame for that phytoplankton plummet, researchers propose in Geophysical Research Letters. Read the full story in Science News.
Over the past few years, there’s been an explosion of opportunities for ordinary people to collect data for researchers, and sometimes help analyze it. Platforms such as Zooniverse, Scientific American and SciStarter are all helping citizens (anyone who’s part of a community, in this context) connect with scientists and get involved with the process of scientific discovery. Read the full story here.
Using riding boards equipped with sensors, surfers could collect crucial data on the health of the oceans. Read the story in takepart.com.
The amount of sea level rise that comes from the oceans warming and expanding has been underestimated, and could be about twice as much as previously calculated, German researchers have said. Read the full story in The Guardian.
How far does your cat travel from home? That was the question the Cat Tracker project set out to answer. Roland Kays, research associate professor at NC State, believes this project is an example of the power of citizen science. Read the full story in the Technician.
Ocean acidification and warming may disrupt the formation of pearls, according to a new study. Read the full story in Science World Report.
THE weather gods conspired to provide a rare chance to survey a remote and rarely visited section of north Kimberley reef recently, with footage that will inform the future study of reefs through climate change. Read the full story in Science Network WA.
No matter how unhip you feel wearing waders or hauling a butterfly net, citizen science is cool. That’s obvious from the boom in online projects that let you count penguins, hunt planets, or identify animals in the Serengeti, as well as the scientific papers using these data. Now researchers in Sweden have looked into the science of citizen science itself. How much of this volunteer research is really happening ...
Scientists have made the surprising discovery that giant melting icebergs could actually be slowing global warming. Satellite images show that as giant icebergs melt, they leave behind trails of nutrients. The nutrients stimulate growth of marine life, which leads to million of tonnes of carbon being taken from the atmosphere. Read the full story in ABC News