With their vast resources and raw materials, the world’s oceans are one of the cornerstones of the quality of human life. According to World Bank figures, 350 million jobs are estimated to be linked to the oceans globally, and 1 billion people in developing countries depend on fish for their primary source of protein.
Centers, Projects & Initiatives
|Name||Title||Fields of interest|
|Robert||Ewing Lamont Research Professor||Chemical Oceanography, Marine Biogeochemistry, Paleoclimatology|
|Kim Popendorf||Postdoctoral Research Scientist||Combining geochemical, microbial, and molecular tools to elucidate the microbial role in marine biogeochemical cycles, with an emphasis on the measurement of modern day surface ocean fluxes.|
|Alexandra Bausch||Graduate Research Fellow||Biological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Biogeochemistry|
|Yingzhe Wu||Graduate Research Fellow|
|Christopher Hayes||Graduate Research Assistant||Chemical oceanography, trace metals, paleoclimatology|
|Samar P. Khatiwala||Adjunct Senior Research Scientist|
|William M. Smethie Jr.||Lamont Research Professor|
|Alison Hartman||Graduate Research Assistant|
July 13, 2012
October 03, 2011
After less than a month in operation, a new NASA satellite has produced the first map showing how saltiness varies across the surface of the world’s oceans. Until now, salt measurements came only from ships, moorings and buoys floating at sea; NASA says its Aquarius satellite will capture in three years as much data as those earlier methods did in 125 years.
February 22, 2011
Scientists using underwater sensors to explore Lake Rotomahana in New Zealand have uncovered remnants of the Pink Terraces,” once considered the eighth natural wonder of the world.
September 23, 2010
BP’s leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was conclusively sealed this week, but even now questions remain about the amount of oil that actually came out of it. Now, in the first independent, peer-reviewed paper on the leak’s volume, scientists have affirmed heightened estimates of what is now acknowledged as the largest marine oil accident ever.
November 16, 2009
The oceans play a key role in regulating climate, absorbing more than a quarter of the carbon dioxide that humans put into the air. Now, the first year-by-year accounting of this mechanism during the industrial era suggests the oceans are struggling to keep up with rising emissions...
September 15, 2009
The world’s oceans are growing more acidic as carbon emissions from the modern world are absorbed by the sea. A new film, “A Sea Change,” explores what this changing chemistry means for fish and the one billion people who rely on them for food. This first-ever documentary about ocean acidification is told through the eyes of a retired history teacher who reads about the problem in a piece in The New Yorker and is inspired to find out more. His quest takes him to Alaska, California, Washington and Norway to talk with oceanographers, climatologists and others.
|Oxygen in the Ocean||Dynamics, Trends and New Observational Approaches|
|Estimating the Magnitude of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Leak||Earth Science Colloquium|