HAPPY BIRTHDAY AQUARIUS! You’ve been measuring sea surface salinity from space for over a year now. It must feel good to be a grown up satellite giving oceanographers a whole new view of the ocean. Keep on tracking that fresh Amazon Plume, the salty subtropical seas and seasonal freshening in northern latitudes due to melting . . . → Read More: How salty is your ocean? How loose is your plume?
As you might know, the other deeplings adore the beasties of the abyss. Unlike them, they just outright creep me out. While the horror short film “The Narrative of Victor Karloch” is an absolutely fantastical depiction of early deep sea exploration, it plays to all my deep seated fears of something icky touching me. Even . . . → Read More: What horrors await when you step outside the Bathysphere…a short film
This is OCEAN THUNDERDOME! We pit two marine mammals, the Southern Elephant Seal and the Narwhal, against each other in an epic battle for marine sampling supremacy. These two creatures are some of the brave and the few that are specially selected to be living instrument platforms. In other words, we stick fancy oceanographic instrumentation . . . → Read More: Battle of the living instrument platforms: Elephant Seals vs Narwhals
I find the intersection of fluid dynamics and biology fascinating. How animals manipulate their surroundings to bring nutrients to them. And coral cilia is just one of these tricks! Coral polyps, sucking in the nutrients with their dastardly cilia (image via Stocker Group, Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT.) This shot is an incredible close-up of . . . → Read More: Even corals heart fluid dynamics
To me Kevin Zelnio is larger than life. This is probably due to the fact that we have never met in person. But I have met him many times online. Via this blog, via twitter, via his amazing writing, via the lore of the Zelnio persona at science online. Kevin’s writing is an open and . . . → Read More: May your adventures continue.
Visualization Vednesdays highlights graphics and movies created by professional scientists. Then I butt in explain the science behind the visual. I’ll be focusing on physical oceanography cause they be my peeps, but if you know of another great ocean visualization please send it my way. But, there are some rules. These videos have to be . . . → Read More: Visualization Vednesdays: Tropical instability waves
Visualization Vednesdays highlights graphics and movies created by professional scientists and explains the science behind the visual. I’ll be focusing on physical oceanography cause they be my peeps, but if you know of another great ocean visualization please send it my way. But, there are some rules. These videos have to be made by the . . . → Read More: Visualization Vednesdays: Art and science
Miriam was one of the first 10 people I followed on Twitter. I had just learned about the magic of twitter and online science communication from a friend at a graduate student. She suggested we all follow Miriam at Oyster’s Garter. I was skeptical at first because I thought I wouldn’t be interested in biological . . . → Read More: The kinds of waves I hate…goodbyes.
These are salt fingers. The eerie fingerlike structures are caused by sinking blobs of warm, salty water interleaving with rising blobs of cold, fresh water. This is a thermohaline staircase. Thin sheets of well-mixed water stack on top of each other to create a stepped vertical profile. But these two seemingly different oceanic phenomena have . . . → Read More: Ocean staircases and salt fingers, the curious case of double diffusion
Got global bathymetric data? Check? Got a 3D printer? Check. Then you can make yourself a model of the ocean that you can hold in your hand! This graphic artist chose not to visualize the nooks and crannies on the sea floor, but the volume of water that makes up our oceans. As a kid . . . → Read More: How to hold the entire ocean in your hands