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On August 3, 2019, an unmanned Saildrone 1020 completed a 13,670-mile journey around Antarctica in search of carbon dioxide. It was world’s first autonomous circumnavigation of Antarctica. Learn more about Saildrone 1020's journey at (Saildrone Inc./With permission.)

New robots see it all: ocean whirlpools, carbon gas absorption, icebergs, and more

USF researchers are using autonomous vehicles to study how the ocean is responding to climate change. In 2020 they landed a $1.1 million NSF proposal -- the first time NSF is leveraging ocean drones instead of ships.

July 12, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

Campers Jocelyn, Alana, and Lauren help fill in their group’s mermazing creation.

OCG Shellebration!

Campers had a blast during the “Shell Key” field trip this year.

July 12, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Girls Camp

Teresa Greely orients the campers to where the day’s activities will take place in Tampa Bay as the R/V Angari gets underway.

Research Cruise

Despite the unpleasant and very noticeable effects of the red tide on today’s cruise, everyone still managed to have a really fun time.

July 9, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Girls Camp

A group of campers at the beach station working together to label the parts of their model of a natural beach. They are labeling the Primary and Secondary dunes which are held together by plants and separate the beach from the mainland.

Today During Camp: Ocean Zones and a… Singing Battle?

While learning about our beaches and the different ways that human interaction affects them, campers got their hands dirty creating model beaches, first in their image of what a beach looks like and then making a natural beach, which is a beach that has not had sand added to it or moved by humans.

July 8, 2021Blogs and Perspectives, Girls Camp

USF scientists use NASA satellite images to track Sargassum, a brown seaweed. In June 2021 (shown above) they found it in record-high amounts in the Caribbean, central west Atlantic Ocean, and Gulf of Mexico.

2021: another banner year for brown seaweed

USF scientists detect record-high amount of Sargassum in Caribbean, central west Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico

July 1, 2021News

A species of Cyclothones, or bristlemouth fish, that lives in the deeper parts of in the Gulf of Mexico. It is the most abundant fish on the planet but on the recent DEEPEND cruise, relatively few were found. Credit: SEFSC Pascagoula Laboratory; Collection of Brandi Noble, NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC.

Alarming declines in the Gulf’s deepest dwellers

Everything is slower in the cold, dark deep -- and a recent research cruise suggests the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are far from over in these parts where the sun doesn’t shine.

June 30, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

Oceanography Camp for Girls (OCG) is a three-week summer program for young women from Pinellas County. Dr. Teresa Greely (far left), has served as the Camp’s director since 1994. Dr. Angela Lodge (far right), a former social worker and youth development expert co-directed OCG with Greely for more than 20 years.

Oceanography Camp for Girls Turns 30

This three-week summer program, designed for young women from Pinellas County in their sandwich summer between middle school and high school, has earned billing by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a model for immersive, experiential STEM learning for women and girls.

June 29, 2021Girls Camp, News

Center for Ocean Technology | Glider Fleet

2020: a record-breaking year for the USF glider team

The gliders, which roamed the ocean 208 days last year, help improve our understanding of red tides, hurricanes, ocean currents, and fish

June 22, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

The SCINI ROV (in foreground) is being tested by a researcher prior to deployment, while the acoustic towed package is the white cylinder laying on the snow behind it. The Conestoga wagon “dry lab” is in the background. Photo credit: Stacy Kim.

Investigating Whales, Penguins and Seals on the Bottom of the World

It’s tough to study interactions between predators and their prey no matter where you are in the world’s oceans, but it’s especially challenging in the ice-covered Ross Sea.

June 22, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

Regional sea-level change between 1992 and 2019, based on data collected from the TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1, Jason-2, and Jason-3 satellite altimeters. Blue regions are where sea level has gone down, and orange/red regions are where sea level has gone up. Since 1993, seas around the world have risen an average rate of 3.3 millimeters per year. Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio.

Projections of US high-tide flooding show rapid increases and extreme months

Continued sea-level rise will exacerbate the issue where present, and many more locations will begin to experience recurrent high-tide flooding in the coming decades.

June 21, 2021News

Aurora borealis is observed from Coast Guard Cutter Healy Oct. 4, 2015, while conducting science operations in the southern Arctic Ocean. Healy was underway in the Arctic Ocean in support of the National Science Foundation-funded Arctic GEOTRACES, part of an international effort to study the distribution of trace elements in the world's oceans. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

Unraveling the mysteries of trace elements in the oceans

Recently, CMS Associate Professor Dr. Tim Conway served as lead editor on a special issue of Chemical Geology called “Cycles of trace elements and isotopes in the ocean – GEOTRACES and beyond."

June 18, 2021News

NOAA’s R/V Ronald H. Brown will carry the Byrne crew, as well as 26 other scientists, for the West Coast Acidification 2021 cruise. Photo: NOAA.

The Byrne lab goes West: three CMS students set sail on 45-day Pacific Ocean cruise

The major goal is to understand trends in the Pacific Ocean, with a specific focus on environmental parameters that influence ocean acidification – a major threat to ocean health, food security, economies, and more.

June 15, 2021Blogs and Perspectives

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