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 »

New York Will Drown Long Before It Freezes

A recent article, by Neil Demause, in the Village Voice discusses the looming, and realistic scenarios surrounding a changing climate and sea level rise. Read his article, including interviews with prominent oceanographers and climate scientists, about the misconceptions and realities of a changing planet. https://www.villagevoice.com/2018/05/01/new-york-will-drown-long-before-it-freezes/  

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 »