Southern Ocean

Drop in the Ocean
A new study has found that turbulent mixing in the deep waters of the Southern Ocean, which has a profound effect on global ocean circulation and climate, varies with the strength of surface eddies – the ocean equivalent of storms in the...
A drop in the ocean
Scientists in the Southern Ocean have set up a blog – A Drop in the Ocean that details their research into ocean mixing. Dr Katy Sheen, a NOC oceanographer is posting daily reports about life and work onboard the RRS James Clark Ross Back in...
The JOIDES Resolution operating in Antarctic shelf waters off Wilkes Land, Antarctica. Credit: John Beck, IODP
The unique marine ecosystem of today’s Antarctic seas first developed when large ice sheets formed on Antarctica around 34 million years ago, according to new research involving a scientist based at the National Oceanography Centre,...
Backbone of whale skeleton on seafloor. Image courtesy of NERC
Marine biologists have, for the first time, found a whale skeleton on the ocean floor near Antarctica, giving new insights into life in the sea depths. The discovery was made almost a mile below the surface in an undersea crater and includes the...
Shimmering hydrothermal fluid and relict chimney at Hook Ridge
The location of an underwater volcanic vent, marked by a low-lying plume of shimmering water, has been revealed by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Writing in the journal PLOS ONE the researchers describe how the vent,...
An expedition to the icy waters of Antarctica has begun aboard the RRS James Clark Ross. The five-week mission will study the effect of ocean acidification in the Southern Ocean. The scientists will be contributing to a blog www.antarcticoacruise....
RRS James Clark Ross
An expedition to the icy waters of Antarctica has begun aboard the RRS James Clark Ross. The five-week mission will study the effect of ocean acidification in the Southern Ocean. The scientists will be contributing to a blog www.antarcticoacruise....
Preparing the sub-surface profiler
The RRS James Cook is in the Southern Ocean on a 51-day expedition to look at deep water mixing in this turbulent ocean. Two young scientists aboard, Alex Brearley and Katy Sheen, are running an expedition blog from the ship at: dimesuk3.blogspot....
This week a British engineering team heads off to Antarctica for the first stage of an ambitious scientific mission to collect water and sediment samples from a lake buried beneath three kilometers of solid ice. Using groundbreaking technology...
David Billett holds a large sea cucumber
Geo-engineering schemes aimed at tackling global warming through artificial iron fertilisation of the oceans would significantly affect deep-sea ecosystems, according to research involving scientists from the United Kingdom’s National Oceanography...

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