New Articles on Ocean Motion Web Site

Ocean Surface Currents Impact Melting Ice Sheets
Dr. Robert Bindschadler, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, has been monitoring the world’s great ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland for over 25 years. He and other scientists have been “awestruck” by what they have been witnessing over the past decade. Ice has been disappearing at an alarming rate. Read about the mechanisms that trigger the rapid loss of ice. Find out about the complex interplay between the atmosphere and the ocean that set these mechanisms into motion.

The Volvo Ocean Race Boats: How They Navigate the Ocean
he Race began on October 9, 2008 in Alcante, Spain with 8 sailboats and international crews of sailors. Next stop, Cape Town, South Africa with a finish after 9 legs, in Stockholm, Sweden. The sailors have encountered or avoided many of the major surface currents in the wold ocean. Learn about the challenges of Agulhas and the Japan current. Read about how the teams prepared for the race with specially designed boats and the weather forecast based on a carefully considered algorithm used to manage this around the world adventure.


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