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Oceans

July 5, 2017
<p>Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences</p>

Iron-rich meltwater from Greenland’s glaciers are helping fuel a summer bloom of phytoplankton.

March 16, 2017
<p>Weizmann Institute of Science News</p>

A model of ion flux in the oceans shows carbon dioxide driving ocean acidity.

bubbles rising through water
March 23, 2016

Bubbles – yes, bubbles – could help protect coral reefs, oyster farms, and other coastal ecosystems from increasing ocean acidification, according to new research by Stanford scientists.

Map of circulation flows
February 22, 2016

The findings could help solve an outstanding mystery about the global ocean conveyor belt and improve future climate forecasts.

Green hills
February 16, 2016

 Analysis of ancient seabed rocks from disparate locations reveal that life did not rebound until anoxia had fully ebbed.

Coral
January 4, 2016

Stanford Earth's Cassandra Brooks contributed footage to a new interactive David Attenborough project about the Great Barrier Reef. Brook's video shows the effects of ocean acidification on the limestone skeleton of a sand dollar.

Adelie penguins
November 5, 2015

Cassandra Brooks is hopeful that a Southern Ocean Marine Protected Area can be created that will protect Antarctic wildlife, including the Adélie penguins for which her daughter is named. 

Ship
October 21, 2015

Some countries argue that setting up marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean would interfere with their right to “rational use” of natural resources.

Map of the Earth representing a rise in sea levels
September 4, 2015

A new study by PhD students Matthew Winnick and Jeremy Caves suggests that today's ice sheets may be more resilient to increased carbon dioxide levels than previously thought.

Rain over San Francisco, photo by Brocken Inaglory
August 21, 2015

This year's El Niño might be one of the strongest on record. Stanford Earth PhD candidate Daniel Swain discusses what to expect in California.

Scientists on a zodiac in West Antarctic Peninsula
August 11, 2015

New Stanford Earth research reveals that large areas of open water in the Southern Ocean are benefiting phytoplankton blooms that help support the Antarctic food chain and mitigate the effects of climate change.