The Laser Battle Against Blood-Sucking Parasites of the Deep

Wired – Alf-Helge Aarskog is pacing. Back and forth he walks across the polished hardwood floors of a barge anchored in a fjord off the southwestern coast of Norway. The barge sits alongside one of the world’s largest salmon farms. It’s November and the sky is cloudless, the mountains are snow-capped, the water is a clear sapphire blue. The control room has the feel of a W Hotel lobby Read More…

Invasive seaweed makes fish change their behavior

Science Daily – When it comes to finding protection and a safe feeding ground, fish rely on towering blades of seaweed, like kelp, to create a three-dimensional hiding space. Kelp forests have been shown to be one of the most productive systems in the ocean with high biodiversity and ecological function. However, in recent decades, many kelp habitats have been taken over and replaced by lower Read More…

Mumbai’s glow-in-the-dark waves may be fueled by climate change,…

The Washington Post – A team of American and Indian scientists say climate change is the likely reason for the curious, glow-in-the-dark waves washing up on Mumbai’s beaches in recent years. A year-long study by scientists at the Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently found that global warming may be Read More…

Independent governance eyed for State Water Project

Capitol Weekly – The Legislature created the Department of Water Resources in 1956 for the purpose of managing the State Water Project, then in its early stages of planning. That project now comprises 700 miles of tunnels, pipelines, aqueducts and siphons that transport water from California’s north to its more arid south, serving 26 million people and 750,000 acres of farmland along the Read More…

$2.5 Million Available to Improve Agricultural Water Efficiency in…

PR Newswire – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California, in partnership with DOI's Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), is providing funds to improve the efficiency of agricultural water use in portions of six water/irrigation districts in California. This partnership combines on-farm conservation enhancements, through NRCS's Read More…

Scientists Take A Ride On The Pacific’s ‘Shark Highway’

NPR – For the first time, scientists have videotaped sharks traveling a 500-mile-long "shark highway" in the Pacific, and they plan to turn it into a protected wildlife corridor in the ocean. Biologists have been attaching electronic tags to sharks near Costa Rica for years. They knew the sharks sometimes traveled south to the Galapagos Islands, but they'd never actually witnessed it. And Read More…

Previously unreported Arctic phytoplankton transport could jeopardize…

PHYS.Org – Tiny gypsum crystals can make phytoplankton so heavy that they rapidly sink, transporting large quantities of carbon to the ocean's depths. Experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute recently observed this phenomenon for the first time in the Arctic. As a result of this massive algal transport, in the future, large amounts of nutrients could be lost from the surface Read More…

NASA launch to help manage water resources

SBS News – NASA has launched two identical satellites into space from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base with the aim of better managing Earth's water resources. The GRACE-FO mission's satellites - which will orbit the Earth at a height of some 220 kilometres for at least six months - were sent aloft on board a Falcon-9 rocket on Tuesday afternoon after the initial launch last Read More…

Water Agency will present river estuary plan May 31

Sonoma West – The Sonoma County Water Agency will host a meeting in Jenner next week to update the public on Russian River estuary management efforts to maintain a closed estuary during the summer months. “Communities along the lower river have long been interested in the estuary management project,” said Fifth District Sonoma County Supervisor and Water Agency Director Lynda Hopkins Read More…

Remote sensing observation to help sustainable development along…

Xinhua Net – China will coordinate with countries from Asia and Oceania to conduct satellite remote sensing observation along the Mekong River, according to the website of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The first international conference of the Asia-Oceania Global Earth Observation System of Systems (AOGEOSS) Initiative concluded on May 18 in Deqing in east China's Zhejiang Province. Read More…