PO Top Story Slideshow

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    Researchers from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) watch a Slocum Glider take measurements off the coast of South Africa. Physical oceanographer Louis St. Laurent collaborates with UKZN professor Derek Stretch to measure minute changes in the properties of Sodwana Bay, which is home to charismatic species like whale sharks and manta rays.  (Photo by Sean Whelan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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    Research specialist Frank Bahr (left) and physical oceanographer Glen Gawarkiewicz analyze data on currents collected off Cape Hatteras. In 2015, Gawarkiewicz and his colleagues published a paper that analyzed the relationship between sea level and waters across the continental shelf-break, and found that sea level anomalies are a predictor of shelf water temperature.  (Photo by Chris Linder, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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    A satellite image shows Helheim Glacier, one of many glaciers that drain ice from the Greenland Ice Sheet into fjords connected to the ocean. In 2013, a team of physical oceanographers deployed a mooring in Sermilik Fjord to examine whether it links warming ocean waters to the glacier, spurring melting and raising sea levels.  (Image courtesy of Fiamma Straneo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)