MIT research on seawater surface tension becomes international guideline

Work by Professor John Lienhard and Kishor Nayar SM ’14, PhD ’19 was recently recognized by the International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam.

Mary Beth Gallagher | Department of Mechanical Engineering • mit
July 9, 2020 ~7 min

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Machine learning helps map global ocean communities

An MIT-developed technique could aid in tracking the ocean’s health and productivity.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 29, 2020 ~8 min

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Search-and-rescue algorithm identifies hidden “traps” in ocean waters

Method may help quickly identify regions where objects — and missing people — may have converged.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 26, 2020 ~8 min

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Towable sensor free-falls to measure vertical slices of ocean conditions

Instrument may help scientists assess the ocean’s response to climate change.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 20, 2020 ~8 min

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3 Questions: Harnessing wave power to rebuild islands

In the Maldives, an MIT team is conducting experiments to combat sea-level rise by redirecting natural sand movement.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
May 11, 2020 ~9 min

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Researchers explore ocean microbes’ role in climate effects

When they encounter nutrient oases in the marine desert, marine bacteria release a gas involved in climate regulation.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 23, 2020 ~6 min

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3 Questions: Greg Britten on how marine life can recover by 2050

Committing to aggressive conservation efforts could rebuild ocean habitats and species populations in a few decades.

Lauren Hinkel | EAPS • mit
April 3, 2020 ~10 min

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Staring into the vortex

MIT researchers describe factors governing how oceans and atmospheres move heat around on Earth and other planetary bodies.

EAPS • mit
March 19, 2020 ~8 min

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Scientists quantify how wave power drives coastal erosion

The average power of waves hitting a coastline can predict how fast that coast will erode.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 16, 2020 ~8 min

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Seeding oceans with iron may not impact climate change

Study finds Earth’s oceans contain just the right amount of iron; adding more may not improve their ability to absorb carbon dioxide.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 17, 2020 ~8 min

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