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
yesterday ~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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Understanding the impact of deep-sea mining

Mining materials from the sea floor could help secure a low-carbon future, but researchers are racing to understand the environmental effects.

Mary Beth Gallagher | Department of Mechanical Engineering • mit
Dec. 5, 2019 ~11 min

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