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Ocean mixing that drives climate found in surprise location – AP

By Seth Borenstein WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the key drivers of the world’s climate is an area in the North Atlantic Ocean where warmer and colder water mix and swirl. When scientists went for their first close look at this critical underwater dynamo, they found they were looking in the wrong place. By hundreds… Read More »

Waters west of Europe drive ocean overturning, key for regulating climate

by Tim Lucas DURHAM, N.C. — A new international study finds that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (MOC), a deep-ocean process that plays a key role in regulating Earth’s climate, is primarily driven by cooling waters west of Europe. In a departure from the prevailing scientific view, the study shows that most of the overturning… Read More »

Susan Lozier to serve as President-elect of the American Geophysical Union

by Tim Lucas “Susan Lozier, Ronie-Richele Garcia-Johnson Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has been elected president-elect of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). AGU is a professional society of atmospheric and ocean sciences, solid-Earth sciences, hydrologic sciences and space sciences, and has more than 62,000 members in 144 countries.  Its… Read More »

Nature and Science both highlight North Atlantic research lead by Lozier

by Tim Lucas, 919/613-8084, tdlucas@duke.edu “Two of the world’s most influential science journals, Nature and Science, this week highlighted findings from an international research project led by Susan Lozier You can read the Science article here. You can read the Nature article here. Lozier leads the Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program (O-SNAP), a seven-nation, $35 million initiative, launched in… Read More »

The Future Of Hurricanes

From WUNC – North Carolina Public Radio “Floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey still filled the streets in Texas when Hurricane Irma blew ashore in Florida. As the latest storm moves toward North Carolina, Duke scientists explore whether these rare weather events are growing more frequent or more extreme. They also analyze how communities and governments can become more… Read More »

How scientists reacted to the US leaving the Paris climate agreement

What the United States’ departure from the historic pact means for efforts to fight global warming. Nature rounds up reaction from researchers around the world to US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. Susan Lozier, oceanographer at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina: Trump’s decision is as… Read More »

Susan Lozier and Drew Shindell Named AGU Fellows

DURHAM, N.C. – Two faculty members at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment have been named Fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Susan Lozier, professor of physical oceanography, and Drew Shindell, professor of climate sciences, are among 62 scientists selected as AGU Fellows this year. Election as an AGU Fellow is an honor… Read More »

Changes in Ocean Circulation Focus of $16 Million Project

DURHAM, N.C. — Oceanographers from Duke University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University of Miami have received $16 million in grants from the National Science Foundation for the deployment of a new observing system in the subpolar region of the North Atlantic. The observing system will measure the ocean’s overturning circulation, a key component… Read More »