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Monday, 27 June 2016

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Capping warming at 2 degrees: New study details pathways beyond Paris 

AGU Meetings [2016-06-27 17:00:37]  recommend  recommend this post  (49 visits) info

Even if countries adhere to the Paris climate agreement hammered out last fall, capping global warming at 2 degrees Celsius (4 degrees Fahrenheit) would likely require net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2085 and substantial negative emissions over the long term, according to an in-depth analysis by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder,

Forecasting Climate, with Help from the Baobab Tree 

State of the Planet [2016-06-21 22:29:35]  recommend  recommend this post  (99 visits) info
To improve climate forecasts, scientists study the complex interactions and mechanisms within the climate system. But they also need to hear from potential users of climate information, such as farmers, to get a better understanding of how people may use that information in their decision

Saturn moon Enceladus’ ice shell likely thinner than expected 

AGU Meetings [2016-06-21 16:04:17]  recommend  recommend this post  (66 visits) info
A vast ocean of water beneath the icy crust of Saturn’s moon Enceladus may be more accessible than previously thought, according to new research. A new study has revealed that near the moon’s poles, the ice covering Enceladus could be just two kilometers (one mile) thick—the thinnest known ice shell of any ocean-covered moon. The discovery not only changes scientists’ understanding of Enceladus’ structure, but also makes the moon a more appealing target for future exploration, [...]

Scientists shed light on electrostatic dust transport in reshaping airless planetary bodies 

AGU Meetings [2016-06-17 19:56:22]  recommend  recommend this post  (204 visits) info
New laboratory experiments may bring closure to a long-standing issue of electrostatic dust transport, explaining a variety of unusual phenomena on the surfaces of airless planetary bodies, including observations of the moon from the Apollo era and the recent Rosetta mission to comet

The Expected Unexpected 

AGU Meetings [2016-06-16 16:02:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (66 visits) info

The challenge is that the scientists have had great difficulty finding evidence that we are indeed on the plume. Amicable discussions often take place in R/V Falkor’s Dry Lab or the Library. Joseph might think that the satellite images give evidence a certain location is within the reaches of the plume, but oceanographer Annalisa Bracco might reply the data could also be related to coastal upwelling, and not the plume

5 Reflections Beyond World Oceans Day 

AGU Meetings [2016-06-15 16:28:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (60 visits) info
June 8 was World Oceans Day, but onboard every day is ocean’s day: non-stop work to better our understanding of 70 percent of our planet. We asked some of our crew and scientists to share thoughts we could consider beyond one calendar

Seeking Humanity’s Roots 

State of the Planet [2016-06-08 15:39:57]  recommend  recommend this post  (81 visits) info

Who were our earliest ancestors? How and when did they evolve into modern humans? And how do we define "human," anyway? Scientists are exploring Kenya's Lake Turkana basin to help answer these

General Assembly 2016 – Highlights 

GeoLog-The official blog of the European Geosciences Union [2016-06-08 13:10:14]  recommend  recommend this post  (77 visits) info

It’s been a month and a half since the EGU General Assembly 2016 in Vienna. The conference this year was a great success with 863 oral, 10,320 poster, and 947 PICO presentations. A further 619 unique scientific sessions were complimented by an impressive 321 side events, creating an interesting and diverse programme.The conference brought together 13,650 scientists from 109 countries, 25% were students and 53% early career scientists (under the age of 35 years). Keeping abreast of everything [...]

Imaggeo on Mondays: The British Winter Storms 

GeoLog-The official blog of the European Geosciences Union [2016-06-06 13:00:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (63 visits) info

This week’s imaggeo on Monday’s photography is Godrevy Lighthouse in North Cornwall (UK) experiencing the full force of the 2013/14 British Winter Storms which caused damage across the south west of the country. During mid-December 2013 to mid-February 2014 the UK was hit by six major storms bringing record precipitation, strong winds, huge waves and generating overall hazardous conditions. Despite the overall consensus being that these winter months were very wet, the question arose: did [...]

Tutankhamun's blade made from a meteorite 

Geology in the West Country [2016-06-04 17:53:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (73 visits) info

Ever since it was discovered wrapped in the folds of Tutankhamun's mummy in 1925, an ancient Egyptian dagger has puzzled historians. How did the boy pharaoh's craftsmen make an iron blade of such quality that it survived more than 3,000 years inside a sarcophagus without turning to rust?Scientists have now reached an extraterrestrial answer: the dagger was forged from the metal of a fallen meteorite. A team of Egyptian and Italian researchers used X-rays to analyse the iron in the knife and [...]

Monday's Minor Mystery Solved Pretty Quickly: Poles with no Shadows in Hawai'i 

Geotripper [2016-06-02 10:08:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (70 visits) info
You can't mystify scientists of the Earth with questions of latitude. I had numerous answers pretty darn quick about why this stop sign reveals my location. The sign pole is casting no shadow! The only way that can happen is if the sun is directly overhead, and that can only happen if one is within 23 degrees of the equator, and only at noon. I have never thought to seek such a picture on

Scientists getting organized to foster more accuracy in media’s coverage of climate change 

Real Climate [2016-05-24 20:13:21]  recommend  recommend this post  (44 visits) info

Guest post by Emmanuel Vincent While 2016 is on track to easily surpass 2015 as the warmest year on record, some headlines, in otherwise prestigious news outlets, are still claiming that “2015 Was Not Even Close To Hottest Year On Record” (Forbes, Jan 2016) or that the “Planet is not overheating…” (The Times of London,

History of Greenland snowfall hidden in ancient leaf waxes 

AGU Meetings [2016-05-23 17:41:51]  recommend  recommend this post  (44 visits) info

The history of Greenland’s snowfall is chronicled in an unlikely place: the remains of aquatic plants that died long ago, collecting at the bottom of lakes in horizontal layers that document the passing years. Using this ancient record, scientists are attempting to reconstruct how Arctic precipitation fluctuated over the past several millennia, potentially influencing the size of the Greenland Ice Sheet as the Earth warmed and

Small headwater streams export surprising amounts of carbon out of Pacific Northwest forests 

AGU Meetings [2016-05-12 18:00:02]  recommend  recommend this post  (67 visits) info

Scientists have tracked a higher-than-expected amount of carbon flowing out of a Pacific Northwest forest from month to month through a small headwater stream, suggesting that forested watersheds may not store quite as much carbon as previously

Scientists search the seas for soot 

AGU Meetings [2016-05-10 16:00:54]  recommend  recommend this post  (75 visits) info
Earth system scientists from the University of California, Irvine have taken water samples from the north Pacific, north and south Atlantic, and Arctic oceans in search of repositories of black carbon, soot from burning biomass and diesel engines, among other sources. They’ve found considerably less of the material than expected, and they’ve discovered that it exists in at least two varieties, a younger pool closer to the ocean’s surface that is absorbed into the environment in a roughly [...]

Where No Maps Have Gone Before! 

Rosetta Stones [2016-05-09 10:00:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (40 visits) info
There's something wonderfully thrilling about geologic maps of places we've never mapped that way before! Scientists recently mapped a brand-new island and produced a beautifully-detailed map of... -- Read more on

How does drilling into the Gulf of Mexico help us learn about dinosaurs? 

JOIDES Resolution blogs [2016-05-09 03:42:04]  recommend  recommend this post  (79 visits) info
Six to ten-year olds probably know more about dinosaurs than every non-paleontologist adult on Earth, but they may not know much about how scientists learned those things that they know about dinosaurs. read

Crater Science Reaches New Depths at Chicxulub, Ground Zero for the End of the Dinosaurs 

BEYONDbones [2016-05-05 23:02:46]  recommend  recommend this post  (63 visits) info

If there was ever any doubt whether an asteroid impact killed off the dinosaurs, field scientists continue to bring back proof from ongoing research in the Gulf of Mexico.Last week, geologists working in the Yucatán Peninsula reached a major milestone … Continue reading

Viewing Science Through a Different Frame 

State of the Planet [2016-05-04 18:01:57]  recommend  recommend this post  (30 visits) info
Is it an album cover for a 1980s hair band, or a thin section micrograph of precious minerals? A model of ice streams in glacial lakes, or a 3D laser light show from a dance club? This past week at the third annual Research as Art exhibit at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, scientists traded in lab coats and goggles for artist smocks and easels as they demonstrated that when the line between science and art is allowed to get tenuous, the results are anything

GeoPolicy: How to communicate science to policy officials – tips and tricks from the experts 

GeoLog-The official blog of the European Geosciences Union [2016-05-04 13:00:09]  recommend  recommend this post  (46 visits) info

The EGU General Assembly was bigger than ever this year. Over 16,500 people attended more than 500 sessions. Although many sessions featured policy-relevant science, the short course entitled ‘Working at the science policy interface‘ focused purely on the role of scientists with the policy landscape. For those of you that couldn’t attend, this month’s GeoPolicy post takes a closer look at what was discussed. The short course consisted of three panellists; Katja Rosenbohm, [...] | Impressum