Breaking Waves: Ocean News

09/19/2018 - 18:59
Using observational and model-based data spanning the entire 20th century, scientists have for the first time have identified three broadly-categorized processes responsible for Earth's spin axis drift -- contemporary mass loss primarily in Greenland, glacial rebound, and mantle convection.
09/19/2018 - 16:40
Doctor on nearby boat stopped bleeding before tourist airlifted to Mackay A Tasmanian tourist bitten by a shark in the Whitsunday Islands of north Queensland has been saved by the actions of an emergency department doctor. Dr John Hadok from Mackay base hospital was on a nearby boat when the 46-year-old woman was attacked while swimming at Cid Harbour off Whitsunday Island about 5pm on Wednesday. Continue reading...
09/19/2018 - 13:57
Ocean Leadership ~ The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that it has awarded a coalition of academic and oceanographic research organizations a five-year contract to operate and maintain the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The coalition, led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), with direction from the NSF and guidance from the OOI Facilities Board, will include the University of Washington (UW), Oregon State University (OSU), and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. For more information please see the WHOI Press Release. The OOI officially launched in 2009, when NSF and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) signed a cooperative agreement to support the construction and initial operation of OOI’s cabled, coastal, and global arrays. The launch represented the culmination of work begun decades earlier, when ocean scientists in the 1980s envisioned a collection of outposts in the ocean that would gather data around the clock, in real- and near-real time for years on-end and enhance the scientific community’s ability to observe complex oceanographic processes that occur and evolve over time scales ranging from seconds to decades and spatial scales ranging from inches to miles. COL has housed the Program Management Office for the OOI from 2009 to present, carrying the program from design, through construction, and into operations with the help of its partners WHOI, UW, OSU, and Rutgers. In February 2016, the NSF announced that as part of the planned transition from construction to operations it would carry out a re-competition to manage and operate the OOI. COL elected to not compete for the award. “We have been honored to work with so many dedicated people in bringing this transformational project from the drawing board to the fully operational status that we have today,” said Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, president and CEO of COL. “Congratulations to WHOI and their partners on receiving this award and carrying the OOI program forward through its next phase of operation. We are pleased to pass the mantle to these outstanding institutions — that are also COL members — as they take on this great opportunity, and we look forward to the continued scientific advancements from this transformational program in the years ahead.” For several months, leading up to the official transition on Oct. 1, COL has worked with WHOI to ensure a smooth changeover occurs. The post NSF Awards Contract to WHOI to Lead OOI Program Management appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
09/19/2018 - 13:49
In the last few years, the Vavilov Ice Cap in the Russian High Arctic has dramatically accelerated, sliding as much as 82 feet a day in 2015, according to a new multi-national, multi-institute study. That dwarfs the ice's previous average speed of about 2 inches per day and has challenged scientists' assumptions about the stability of the cold ice caps dotting Earth's high latitudes.
09/19/2018 - 12:30
Parts of the world's largest ice sheet would melt if Antarctic warming of just 2°C is sustained for millennia, according to international research. Scientists used evidence from warm periods in Earth's history to see how the East Antarctic Ice Sheet might react to a warming climate.
09/19/2018 - 11:15
Pig waste pits and toxic coal ash pose threat to rivers and homes in North and South Carolina As residents in the Carolinas continued to deal with the fallout from Hurricane Florence, fears have grown over the storm’s longer-term pollution risks – from pig excrement and toxic coal ash potentially seeping into rivers and into people’s homes. Officials said 13 “hog lagoons” – pits filled with pig waste – had overflowed in North Carolina due to the storm, with dozens more likely to follow. In South Carolina, 200,000 tons of coal ash lie in the path of the deluged Waccamaw river, which is expected to reach a record flood stage this week. Continue reading...
09/19/2018 - 10:34
Ocean Leadership ~ Position Vacancy Announcement The National Oceanic Atmospheric Association Center for Costal and Marine Ecosystem (CCME) led by Florida A&M University (FAMU) in partnership with Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU), California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), Jackson State University (JSU), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC), and the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is seeking a Coordinator, Computer Applications ( Data, Information and Communication Manager). The Data, Information, and Communication Manager position requires the applicant to manage the Cooperative Science Center’s (CSC) education, research, student tracking data and information systems, communicating center achievements for high visibility with internal and external stakeholders, management of the Center’s web site. Responsibilities The incumbent will be a team member of the CSC staff and will practice management processes required by the employer and federal grants recipient programs; Develops and maintains specific information technology, resources and infrastructure features and systems for the CSC including databases, audit/tracking, document management and data security systems; Performs continuous analysis, trouble-shooting, maintenance and interventions, as necessary for the CSC’s Data/IT operations and various operating platforms; and represents CSC with respect to technical Data and Information contact for CSC information systems/data management issues at the lead, partner and CSC Community level. Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or appropriate specialization and two (2) years of experience in data systems and security experience and specialized technical training in the fundamentals of coding languages such as HTML5, CSS3, and PHP, as well as basic design skills in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.; or Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or appropriate specialization. Recommended Competencies • Ability to work independently; • Advanced knowledge of big data and analytics; • Ability to lead, influence and modify data from other universities in support of data quality improvement; • Demonstrated knowledge of database management skills including data security, specifically implementation for moderate level security, design and analyses; • Working knowledge of multiple and specialized CSC computer coding systems; • Understanding of data security standards, handling secure academic information for individual student’s education, and programming practices utilizing various operating systems, languages and environments; • Use of specialized student data software/applications; encryption and security operations and other essential data for student and research products; • Ability to troubleshoot and install PC hardware and software; design and program for a multi-user-networking environment; • Preparation and maintenance of detailed computer and programming documentation, including staff instruction and training for efficient computer utilization; and • Demonstrated knowledge in the deployment, operation and use of networks, information security, including moderate level data security controls and overall education related data security operations. Anticipated Salary Range The maximum salary for this position is $65,000.00. Pay Plan This is an Administrative and Professional (A&P) position. Conditions of Employment Successful candidate is subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks and verification of education. An official college transcript, a high school diploma, or other educational documents must be submitted, where applicable, at the time of employment. Only United States (U.S.) citizens or aliens who have a legal right to work in the U.S. are eligible for employment. Federal law requires proof of your authorization to work in the United States. You will be required to provide proof of your identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of employment. Section 110.1128, Florida Statutes, prohibits employment by the State (including re-hire after a break in service) of any male born after October 1, 1962, who failed to register with the Selective Service System, under the provisions of the U.S. Military Selective Service Act, during the person’s period of eligibility (ages 18 through 25). Additionally, if currently employed by the State, this law prohibits the promotion of such person. You may be required to provide documentation. How To Apply Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history and education details even if attaching a resume. Interested individuals should visit famu.edu/employment and search for job ID 2474 for more information. The post Data and Communications Manager, Florida A&M University (Mar. 19) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
09/19/2018 - 06:00
A new book explores how, for decades, businesses of all sizes have been burying hazardous waste all over cities Every day, in cities across the country, businesses open up, close down, or move to new locations. And every day, in those very same cities, people move in and people move out. A once-industrial neighborhood is reinvented as a trendy hot spot populated by new restaurants and young professionals in search of loft apartments; a formerly low-income neighborhood of modest bungalows is gradually taken over by gentrifying upper-income young families. Continue reading...
09/19/2018 - 05:00
Newly found documents from the 1980s show that fossil fuel companies privately predicted the global damage that would be caused by their products. One day in 1961, an American economist named Daniel Ellsberg stumbled across a piece of paper with apocalyptic implications. Ellsberg, who was advising the US government on its secret nuclear war plans, had discovered a document that contained an official estimate of the death toll in a preemptive “first strike” on China and the Soviet Union: 300 million in those countries, and double that globally. Ellsberg was troubled that such a plan existed; years later, he tried to leak the details of nuclear annihilation to the public. Although his attempt failed, Ellsberg would become famous instead for leaking what came to be known as the Pentagon Papers – the US government’s secret history of its military intervention in Vietnam. Continue reading...
09/19/2018 - 02:28
Senator who kicked off inquiry says Australia contributes to rhinoceros and elephant poaching by providing a market A bipartisan parliamentary committee has recommended a national ban on the domestic trade of elephant ivory and rhino horn. Australia’s environment minister, Melissa Price, is considering the recommendations from a Senate inquiry examining the trade before she attends an international wildlife trade conference in London next month. Continue reading...