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Arctic Sea Ice Influenced Force of Gulf Stream. Aug. 21, 2014 — The force of the Gulf Stream was significantly influenced by the sea ice situation in the Fram Strait in the past 30,000 years. On the basis of biomarkers in deposits on the seafloor, geologists ... read more. FROM AROUND THE WEB ...
A bowhead whale surfaces in Fram Strait, to the northwest of Norway. (Credit: Kit Kovacs/Norwegian Polar Institute via U. Washington). “We were hoping when we put the hydrophone out that we might hear a few sounds,” Stafford said of the earlier study. “When we heard, it was astonishing: Bowhead ...

Linda Valdez: Bowhead whale research gives us a humbling glimpse into why we need the environmental protections that the Trump administration wants to nix. Bowhead-Closeup-Kit-Kovacs.jpg. A bowhead whale swims just under the surface with its mouth open in Fram Strait. Photo courtesy of the ...
This June 2017 photo provided by the Norwegian Polar Institute shows a bowhead whale in the Fram Strait between Greenland and Svalbard. In a study released April 4, 2018, scientists have eavesdropped year-round on the songs of bowhead whales and have found they are more prolific than other ...
A bowhead whale swims in the Fram Strait between Greenland and Svalbard. Scientists have eavesdropped year-round on the songs of the Arctic dwellers and have found their melodies are more novel and creative than other whales in new research published last week. (Kit M. Kovacs, Christian ...
Bowhead whales may be the most versatile singers in the mammalian world. Recordings show that they regularly devise entirely new songs, rather than modifying existing ones. Bowhead whales are some of the largest animals alive. They spend their lives in and around the Arctic. Kate Stafford of the ...

A bowhead whale swims just under the surface with its mouth open in Fram Strait. (Kit Kovacs/Norwegian Polar Institute). UW scientist records the “jazz singers of the Arctic” as bowhead whales shriek, moan, rattle and ululate under the ice during the dark of winter.
According to Thomas Krumpen, "It takes about two and a half years for the ice formed along the coast of the Laptev Sea to be carried across the Arctic Ocean and past the North Pole into the Fram Strait between the east cost of Greenland and Svalbard." Needless to say, the methane trapped in the ice and ...
To show the scale of the pollution with plastics, the researchers have created some models have shown that transport via ocean currents from more densely populated areas further south is highly likely. Water from the Atlantic entering the Arctic Ocean through the Fram Strait contains plastic debris, as well ...
According to Thomas Krumpen, "It takes about two and a half years for the ice formed along the coast of the Laptev Sea to be carried across the Arctic Ocean and past the North Pole into the Fram Strait between the east cost of Greenland and Svalbard." Needless to say, the methane trapped in the ice and ...
According to Thomas Krumpen, "It takes about two and a half years for the ice formed along the coast of the Laptev Sea to be carried across the Arctic Ocean and past the North Pole into the Fram Strait between the east cost of Greenland and Svalbard." Needless to say, the methane trapped in the ice and ...
Water from the Atlantic entering the Arctic Ocean through the Fram Strait contains plastic debris, as well as other pollutants such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and heavy metals. "In addition to this long-range transport, local sources also play a role," Herzke explains. "With more people living in and ...
From 2010 to 2014, they dropped hydrophones into the ocean in the Fram Strait, a deepwater passage on the east coast of Iceland. The researchers soon realized that the sounds they were listening to were among the most complex ever recorded in the animal kingdom. According to Stafford, bowhead ...
In a study released in the April 4 edition of Biology Letters, scientists have eavesdropped year-round on the songs of bowhead whales which roam the Arctic under the ice, and have found they are more prolific and jazzier than other whales. Kit M. Kovacs, Christian Lydersen/Norwegian Polar Institute via AP ...
Bowhead whale song recorded in Fram Strait on Dec. 30, 2013. Kate Stafford/University of Washington. Such complex songs are rare among mammals, the authors write. Many mammals have short, repetitive calls. But only some mammals sing, that is, produce complex, distinct musical phrases that need to ...
She said she recently hired climate modelers who she said assured her that Ice911 could lower Arctic temperatures by placing her sand in limited, strategic locations, such as the Fram Strait between Greenland and Svalbard. “We're working to simply restore an ecosystem that has a profound effect on the ...
Another month, yet another record low for Arctic sea ice extent in a warming world. January's average ice extent in the Arctic was 525,000 square miles below the 1981-to-2010 average, making it the lowest January extent in the satellite record. This is an astonishingly large loss of ice — equivalent to 80 ...

At the institute's northern research station in the Fram Strait, the team found the highest rise in the level of plastic pollution. Scientists previously thought ice acted as a barrier to plastic litter movement in the Arctic. However, they now believe the rubbish may be getting frozen into the ice, which then moves ...
The winner in the Behavior category, Antonia Doncila's photo was taken while crossing the Fram Strait near the eastern Greenland coast. "Since the Arctic Ocean is warming at double the rate compared with the rest of the globe, it was painful yet unsurprising for us to see that at 80°N sea-ice was sparse.
The wining image in the Royal Society Publishing photography competition 2017 in the Behaviour category. Taken by Antonia Doncila while crossing the Fram Strait near the eastern Greenland coast, this polar bear found a portion of fast ice which rapidly became his home. Photograph: Antonia Doncila/PA.
With hundreds of cities and businesses pledging to bend the curve on carbon emissions by 2020, scientists and researchers are looking into how to buy time against climate change wherever they can find it. One way is by seeking opportunities to slow the rapid warming currently underway. Leslie Field ...
The Fram Strait, on the east side of Greenland, carries “significantly more,” said Twila Moon, a glaciologist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado — “But every little bit counts.” And the loss of multi-year ice is already a chronic problem in the Arctic. It forms the heart of next year's sea ice and ...
Each year from 2002 to 2014, Bergmann and her team took pictures of the seafloor at two places in the Fram Strait. This is a narrow stretch of the Arctic Ocean between Greenland and Svalbard, a Norwegian island group in the far North. The researchers lowered cameras down to 2,500 meters (about 1.5 ...
A schooner called Tara also traversed the frozen ocean - from Siberian waters to the Fram Strait - in the same way a decade ago. But the RV Polarstern is an enormous science platform and its list of tasks and goals dwarfs those of all previous efforts to work in the region. "We're bringing a vessel full with ...
The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) has been studying trash on the Arctic seabed since 2002, visiting two dozen sites in the Fram Strait every year to collect samples and photographs. The center's 15 years of data have just been published in the journal Deep-Sea Research, and the results are not ...
Since 2002, AWI researchers have been documenting the amount of litter at two stations of the AWI's "Hausgarten", a deep-sea observatory network, which comprises 21 stations in the Fram Strait, between Greenland and Svalbard. The results of the long-term study have now been published in the scientific ...
Such ice will not survive the summer sun for long," said Hendricks. "The transpolar drift stream, a well-known current in the Arctic Ocean, will be carrying the majority of the ice through the Fram Strait to the North Atlantic. These thick ice floes will eventually be followed by thin ice, which melts faster in the ...
The crew of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat's icebreaker, the Oden, pick up a hydrophone buoy that marine mammal observers used to listen to the sound of the ship moving through the ice. Credit: Jan Durinck, Marine Observers. They rammed through ice ridges, took 360-degree pictures of the ice ...
The winner in the Behavior category, Antonia Doncila's photo was taken while crossing the Fram Strait near the eastern Greenland coast. "Since the Arctic Ocean is warming at double the rate compared with the rest of the globe, it was painful yet unsurprising for us to see that at 80°N sea-ice was sparse.
The wining image in the Royal Society Publishing photography competition 2017 in the Behaviour category. Taken by Antonia Doncila while crossing the Fram Strait near the eastern Greenland coast, this polar bear found a portion of fast ice which rapidly became his home. Photograph: Antonia Doncila/PA.
The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition celebrates the power of photography to communicate science and the role great images play in making science accessible to a wide audience. The rainy season, the green tree frog, and the maintenance of life by Carlos Jared which was given an ...
... the research icebreaker Polarstern: the deep-sea and aerospace researchers from the Helmholtz Alliance ROBEX entered the Fram Strait on ...
The Fram Strait, on the east side of Greenland, carries “significantly more,” said Twila Moon, a glaciologist at the National Snow and Ice Data ...
The section sketches the different water masses along a vertical section from Bering Strait over the geographic North Pole to Fram Strait. As the ...
Each year from 2002 to 2014, Bergmann and her team took pictures of the seafloor at two places in the Fram Strait. This is a narrow stretch of ...
There's more direct evidence that plastic pollution is increasing rapidly in the remote Arctic Ocean, according to German scientists, who have tracking sea-bottom litter at two research stations since 2002. The Hausgarten deep-sea observatory network includes a total of 21 stations in the Fram Strait, ...
As the polar winter turns to spring, the Polarstern will approach the Fram Strait, the body of water between Greenland and Svalbard where Nansen's vessel eventually made its exit into open water. “Only the Fram has done this before,” said Rex. The Mosaic team believe the latest mission, while less ...
A schooner called Tara also traversed the frozen ocean - from Siberian waters to the Fram Strait - in the same way a decade ago. But the RV ...
Plastic fragments found deep in Fram Strait between Greenland and Svalbard mingle with sponges. Credit: Alfred-Wegener-Institut/Melanie ...
The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) has been studying trash on the Arctic seabed since 2002, visiting two dozen sites in the Fram Strait every year to collect samples and photographs. The center's 15 years of data have just been published in the journal Deep-Sea Research, and the results are not ...
The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) has been studying trash on the Arctic seabed since 2002, visiting two dozen sites in the Fram Strait every ...
During warmer periods, the ice breaks up and is transported to the south into the Fram Strait with the Transpolar Drift, releasing entrained litter ...
The crew of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat's icebreaker, the Oden, pick up a hydrophone buoy that marine mammal observers used ...
Each year from 2002 to 2014, Bergmann and her team took pictures of the seafloor at two places in the Fram Strait. This is a narrow stretch of the Arctic Ocean between Greenland and Svalbard, a Norwegian island group in the far North.
During warmer periods, the ice breaks up and is transported to the south into the Fram Strait with the Transpolar Drift, releasing entrained litter into the survey area when it melts," said Bergmann, a co-author of the study.
Their snaps show that in northern parts of the Fram Strait litter volumes have soared more than twenty-fold in a decade, from just 346 pieces per square kilometre then to 8,8082 items now.
As the polar winter turns to spring, the Polarstern will approach the Fram Strait between Greenland and Svalbard to exit into open water.
While it is clear that the Gulf Stream transports plastic litter into the Arctic with the Atlantic water masses, the authors also have a new theory as to why litter is accumulating in the Fram Strait: their results indicate a positive relationship ...
Since 2002, AWI researchers have been documenting the amount of litter at two stations of the AWI's "Hausgarten", a deep-sea observatory network, which comprises 21 stations in the Fram Strait, between Greenland and Svalbard. The results of the long ...
"We'll have a network of stations on the ice with a central observatory. The whole thing will drift across the Arctic. During winter it will be completely dark and we won't be able to move.


 

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