NOAA

NOAA alerts the risks of the Arctic warming

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published its updated edition of the “Arctic Report Card for 2019”, focusing on the risks generated from the warming air temperatures, the declining sea ice and the warming waters. The report pays attention basically to the Bering Sea region.

2019 Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration advises that the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season which was marked by intensified tropical activity from mid-August through October, comes to an end on Saturday, November 30. 2019 marks the fourth consecutive above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. The only other period on record that produced four consecutive above-normal seasons was in 1998-2001.

NOAA to cease production of paper nautical charts

The US NOAA announced it is undertaking a five-year program to end all raster and paper nautical chart production. Ultimately, production of all NOAA paper nautical charts, raster navigational charts (NOAA RNC), and related products, such as BookletChartsTM will cease.

NOAA: What forms a hurricane

NOAA focuses on the phenomenon of hurricanes and explains what they are, how they are formed and how they occur, given their effects can lead to serious and fatal disruptions. When wind speeds within such a storm reach 74 mph, it’s classified as a hurricane.

Cigarette butts: The most prevalent form of ocean litter

While walking along the coast, one can come across broken bottles, plastic toys and food wrappers among others, but cigarette butts appear to be the most common. In fact, cigarette butts are a prevalent, lasting, and toxic form of marine debris, that can potentially harm marine organisms and their environments.

Summer 2019 hottest on record for Northern Hemisphere

Extremely hot temperatures around the world last month made August 2019 the second-hottest August on record and capped off the hottest Northern Hemisphere summer (June through August), tied with 2016, according to data provided by the US NOAA.

What causes seasickness and how to encounter it

Seasickness is the top worst holiday discomfort and all of us have—or will—succumb to seasickness on rough waters, research shows. Seasickness is a result of a conflict in the inner ear, where the human balance mechanism resides, and is caused by a vessel’s erratic motion on the water.

Mexico, Ecuador, Korea in the spotlight of IUU activities

NOAA launched its 2019 ‘Improving International Fisheries Management’ report highlighting the nations who haven’t made much effort to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities; Mexico, Ecuador and the Republic of Korea were identified for reported IUU activities. 

NOAA: What is Geodesy

According to NOAA, geodesy is the science of precisely measuring and understanding three fundamental properties of the Earth; Its geometric shape, its orientation in space, and its gravity field, while also measuring the changes of these properties on time.

New technology to listen for whale traffic aiming to prevent ship strikes

Scientists from the Benioff Ocean Initiative and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have created a a hydrophone (underwater microphone), in order to listen for whale traffic in the Santa Barbara Channel. With this technology, they aspire to prevent collisions between whales and boats.

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