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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910905/magnitude-and-pattern-of-arctic-warming-governed-by-the-seasonality-of-radiative-forcing
#1
R Bintanja, F Krikken
Observed and projected climate warming is strongest in the Arctic regions, peaking in autumn/winter. Attempts to explain this feature have focused primarily on identifying the associated climate feedbacks, particularly the ice-albedo and lapse-rate feedbacks. Here we use a state-of-the-art global climate model in idealized seasonal forcing simulations to show that Arctic warming (especially in winter) and sea ice decline are particularly sensitive to radiative forcing in spring, during which the energy is effectively 'absorbed' by the ocean (through sea ice melt and ocean warming, amplified by the ice-albedo feedback) and consequently released to the lower atmosphere in autumn and winter, mainly along the sea ice periphery...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909926/metals-as-chemical-tracers-to-discriminate-ecological-populations-of-threatened-franciscana-dolphins-pontoporia-blainvillei-from-argentina
#2
M B Romero, P Polizzi, L Chiodi, A Robles, K Das, M Gerpe
Franciscana dolphins are the most impacted small cetacean in the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean, classified as Vulnerable A3d by IUCN. Essential (Fe, Mo, Mn, Cr, Ni, Co) and non-essential (Ag, Pb, Sn) trace elements (TEs) were measured in liver, kidney, and brain samples of by-catch Franciscana dolphins that were living in estuarine (n = 21) and marine (n = 21) habitats (1) to assess whether TEs posed a threat and (2) to evaluate the suitability of TEs for discriminating ecological populations of this species in Argentinean waters...
December 1, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908033/an-axisymmetric-time-domain-spectral-element-method-for-full-wave-simulations-application-to-ocean-acoustics
#3
Alexis Bottero, Paul Cristini, Dimitri Komatitsch, Mark Asch
The numerical simulation of acoustic waves in complex three-dimensional (3D) media is a key topic in many branches of science, from exploration geophysics to non-destructive testing and medical imaging. With the drastic increase in computing capabilities this field has dramatically grown in the last 20 years. However many 3D computations, especially at high frequency and/or long range, are still far beyond current reach and force researchers to resort to approximations, for example, by working in two dimensions (plane strain) or by using a paraxial approximation...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907182/acoustic-signaling-by-singing-humpback-whales-megaptera-novaeangliae-what-role-does-reverberation-play
#4
Eduardo Mercado
When humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) sing in coastal waters, the units they produce can generate reverberation. Traditionally, such reverberant acoustic energy has been viewed as an incidental side-effect of high-amplitude, long-distance, sound transmission in the ocean. An alternative possibility, however, is that reverberation actually contributes to the structure and function of songs. In the current study, this possibility was assessed by analyzing reverberation generated by humpback whale song units, as well as the spectral structure of unit sequences, produced by singers from different regions...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907181/the-role-of-ocean-currents-in-the-temperature-selection-of-plankton-insights-from-an-individual-based-model
#5
Ferdi L Hellweger, Erik van Sebille, Benjamin C Calfee, Jeremy W Chandler, Erik R Zinser, Brandon K Swan, Neil D Fredrick
Biogeography studies that correlate the observed distribution of organisms to environmental variables are typically based on local conditions. However, in cases with substantial translocation, like planktonic organisms carried by ocean currents, selection may happen upstream and local environmental factors may not be representative of those that shaped the local population. Here we use an individual-based model of microbes in the global surface ocean to explore this effect for temperature. We simulate up to 25 million individual cells belonging to up to 50 species with different temperature optima...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906987/human-igg-antibody-response-to-aedes-nterm-34kda-salivary-peptide-an-epidemiological-tool-to-assess-vector-control-in-chikungunya-and-dengue-transmission-area
#6
Emmanuel Elanga Ndille, Souleymane Doucoure, Anne Poinsignon, François Mouchet, Sylvie Cornelie, Eric D'Ortenzio, Jean Sébastien DeHecq, Franck Remoue
BACKGROUND: Arboviral diseases are an important public health concerns. Vector control remains the sole strategy to fight against these diseases. Because of the important limits of methods currently used to assess human exposure to Aedes mosquito bites, much effort is being devoted to develop new indicators. Recent studies have reported that human antibody (Ab) responses to Aedes aegypti Nterm-34kDa salivary peptide represent a promising biomarker tool to evaluate the human-Aedes contact...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906335/multiple-spatial-modes-based-qkd-over-marine-free-space-optical-channels-in-the-presence-of-atmospheric-turbulence
#7
Xiaole Sun, Ivan B Djordjevic, Mark A Neifeld
We investigate a multiple spatial modes based quantum key distribution (QKD) scheme that employs multiple independent parallel beams through a marine free-space optical channel over open ocean. This approach provides the potential to increase secret key rate (SKR) linearly with the number of channels. To improve the SKR performance, we describe a back-propagation mode (BPM) method to mitigate the atmospheric turbulence effects. Our simulation results indicate that the secret key rate can be improved significantly by employing the proposed BPM-based multi-channel QKD scheme...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905559/sailfish-migrations-connect-productive-coastal-areas-in-the-west-atlantic-ocean
#8
Chi Hin Lam, Benjamin Galuardi, Anthony Mendillo, Emily Chandler, Molly E Lutcavage
Isla Mujeres, Mexico is home to one of the most well-known aggregations of sailfish. Despite its fisheries prominence, little is known about this sailfish assemblage, or its relationship to other aggregation sites in the western Atlantic. In January 2012, April 2013 and 2014, we deployed 34 popup satellite archival tags on sailfish in order to study their behavior, population connectivity and biophysical interactions. Sailfish were monitored for up to one year, and displayed (1) predominantly shelf associated activity (2) occupancy of the Yucatán Current near Isla Mujeres for up to five months and (3) subsequent dispersals from the Yucatán to productive coastal areas in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea and along the South American coast...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905411/the-rapid-formation-of-sputnik-planitia-early-in-pluto-s-history
#9
Douglas P Hamilton, S A Stern, J M Moore, L A Young
Pluto's Sputnik Planitia is a bright, roughly circular feature that resembles a polar ice cap. It is approximately 1,000 kilometres across and is centred on a latitude of 25 degrees north and a longitude of 175 degrees, almost directly opposite the side of Pluto that always faces Charon as a result of tidal locking. One explanation for its location includes the formation of a basin in a giant impact, with subsequent upwelling of a dense interior ocean. Once the basin was established, ice would naturally have accumulated there...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905393/nitrous-oxide-as-a-function-of-oxygen-and-archaeal-gene-abundance-in-the-north-pacific
#10
Mark Trimmer, Panagiota-Myrsini Chronopoulou, Susanna T Maanoja, Robert C Upstill-Goddard, Vassilis Kitidis, Kevin J Purdy
Oceanic oxygen minimum zones are strong sources of the potent greenhouse gas N2O but its microbial source is unclear. We characterized an exponential response in N2O production to decreasing oxygen between 1 and 30 μmol O2 l(-1) within and below the oxycline using (15)NO2(-), a relationship that held along a 550 km offshore transect in the North Pacific. Differences in the overall magnitude of N2O production were accounted for by archaeal functional gene abundance. A one-dimensional (1D) model, parameterized with our experimentally derived exponential terms, accurately reproduces N2O profiles in the top 350 m of water column and, together with a strong (45)N2O signature indicated neither canonical nor nitrifier-denitrification production while statistical modelling supported production by archaea, possibly via hybrid N2O formation...
December 1, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905045/differential-response-of-coral-communities-to-caulerpa-spp-bloom-in-the-reefs-of-indian-ocean
#11
B Manikandan, J Ravindran
Coral reef ecosystems are disturbed in tandem by climatic and anthropogenic stressors. A number of factors act synergistically to reduce the live coral cover and threaten the existence of reefs. Continuous monitoring of the coral communities during 2012-2014 captured an unprecedented growth of macroalgae as a bloom at Gulf of Mannar (GoM) and Palk Bay (PB) which are protected and unprotected reefs, respectively. The two reefs varying in their protection level enabled to conduct an assessment on the response of coral communities and their recovery potential during and after the macroalgal bloom...
December 1, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903867/in-situ-developmental-responses-of-tropical-sea-urchin-larvae-to-ocean-acidification-conditions-at-naturally-elevated-pco2-vent-sites
#12
Miles D Lamare, Michelle Liddy, Sven Uthicke
Laboratory experiments suggest that calcifying developmental stages of marine invertebrates may be the most ocean acidification (OA)-sensitive life-history stage and represent a life-history bottleneck. To better extrapolate laboratory findings to future OA conditions, developmental responses in sea urchin embryos/larvae were compared under ecologically relevant in situ exposures on vent-elevated pCO2 and ambient pCO2 coral reefs in Papua New Guinea. Echinometra embryos/larvae were reared in meshed chambers moored in arrays on either venting reefs or adjacent non-vent reefs...
November 30, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903701/can-multi-generational-exposure-to-ocean-warming-and-acidification-lead-to-the-adaptation-of-life-history-and-physiology-in-a-marine-metazoan
#13
Emma M Gibbin, Leela J Chakravarti, Michael D Jarrold, Felix Christen, Vincent Turpin, Gloria Massamba N'Siala, Pierre U Blier, Piero Calosi
Ocean warming and acidification are concomitant global drivers that are currently threatening the survival of marine organisms. How species will respond to these changes depends on their capacity for plastic and adaptive responses. Little is known about the mechanisms that govern plasticity and adaptability or how global changes will influence these relationships across multiple generations. Here, we exposed the emerging model marine polychaete Ophryotrocha labronica to conditions simulating ocean warming and acidification, in isolation and in combination over five generations to identify: (i) how multiple versus single global change drivers alter both juvenile and adult life-traits; (ii) the mechanistic link between adult physiological and fitness-related life-history traits; (iii) whether observed phenotypic changes observed over multiple generations are of plastic and/or adaptive origin...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902786/southern-elephant-seals-replenish-their-lipid-reserves-at-different-rates-according-to-foraging-habitat
#14
Gaëtan Richard, Samantha L Cox, Baptiste Picard, Jade Vacquié-Garcia, Christophe Guinet
Assessing energy gain and expenditure in free ranging marine predators is difficult. However, such measurements are critical if we are to understand how variation in foraging efficiency, and in turn individual body condition, is impacted by environmentally driven changes in prey abundance and/or accessibility. To investigate the influence of oceanographic habitat type on foraging efficiency, ten post-breeding female southern elephant seals Mirounga leonina (SES) were equipped and tracked with bio-loggers to give continuous information of prey catch attempts, body density and body activity...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902248/bacillus-maritimus-sp-nov-a-novel-member-of-the-genus-bacillus-isolated-from-marine-sediment
#15
Deepika Pal, Rajendran Mathan Kumar, Navjot Kaur, Narender Kumar, Gurwinder Kaur, Nitin Kumar Singh, Srinivasan Krishnamurthi, Shanmugam Mayilraj
The taxonomic position of a Gram-stain-positive, endo-spore forming bacterium strain KS16-9T isolated from marine sediment sample collected from Kovalam, Kanyakumari coastal region of Indian Ocean, India was analyzed by a polyphasic taxonomic approach. Strain KS16-9T had typical phenotypic characteristics and chemotaxonomic features like menaquinones, fatty acids and lipids that consistent with the genus Bacillus and comparative analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequence of the strain with previously studied Bacillus type strains confirmed that the strain belongs to the genus Bacillus and is moderately related to Bacillus persicus B48T showing 98...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901108/survey-of-the-green-picoalga-bathycoccus-genomes-in-the-global-ocean
#16
Thomas Vannier, Jade Leconte, Yoann Seeleuthner, Samuel Mondy, Eric Pelletier, Jean-Marc Aury, Colomban de Vargas, Michael Sieracki, Daniele Iudicone, Daniel Vaulot, Patrick Wincker, Olivier Jaillon
Bathycoccus is a cosmopolitan green micro-alga belonging to the Mamiellophyceae, a class of picophytoplankton that contains important contributors to oceanic primary production. A single species of Bathycoccus has been described while the existence of two ecotypes has been proposed based on metagenomic data. A genome is available for one strain corresponding to the described phenotype. We report a second genome assembly obtained by a single cell genomics approach corresponding to the second ecotype. The two Bathycoccus genomes are divergent enough to be unambiguously distinguishable in whole DNA metagenomic data although they possess identical sequence of the 18S rRNA gene including in the V9 region...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901077/very-rapid-long-distance-sea-crossing-by-a-migratory-bird
#17
José A Alves, Maria P Dias, Verónica Méndez, Borgný Katrínardóttir, Tómas G Gunnarsson
Landbirds undertaking within-continent migrations have the possibility to stop en route, but most long-distance migrants must also undertake large non-stop sea crossings, the length of which can vary greatly. For shorebirds migrating from Iceland to West Africa, the shortest route would involve one of the longest continuous sea crossings while alternative, mostly overland, routes are available. Using geolocators to track the migration of Icelandic whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus), we show that they can complete a round-trip of 11,000 km making two non-stop sea crossings and flying at speeds of up to 24 m s(-1); the fastest recorded for shorebirds flying over the ocean...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901052/pacific-ocean-decadal-forcing-of-long-term-changes-in-the-western-pacific-subtropical-high
#18
Shinji Matsumura, Takeshi Horinouchi
The western Pacific subtropical high (WPSH) has a significant effect on droughts, heat waves, and tropical cyclone tracks over East Asia and the northwest Pacific. The WPSH has intensified during the past three decades, but its causes are not yet well understood. Here we show that the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is responsible for the long-term changes in the WPSH through the meridional shift of the subtropical jet, based on comprehensive data analysis and model results. El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is the leading forcing of WPSH variability over interannual timescales, whereas the PDO accounts for its low-frequency variability, resulting in it being independent of ENSO with regard to WPSH variability...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900469/holocene-changes-in-the-trophic-ecology-of-an-apex-marine-predator-in-the-south-atlantic-ocean
#19
Damián G Vales, Luis Cardona, Atilio F Zangrando, Florencia Borella, Fabiana Saporiti, R Natalie P Goodall, Larissa Rosa de Oliveira, Enrique A Crespo
Predators may modify their diets as a result of both anthropogenic and natural environmental changes. Stable isotope ratios of nitrogen and carbon in bone collagen have been used to reconstruct the foraging ecology of South American fur seals (Arctocephalus australis) in the southwestern South Atlantic Ocean since the Middle Holocene, a region inhabited by hunter-gatherers by millennia and modified by two centuries of whaling, sealing and fishing. Results suggest that the isotopic niche of fur seals from Patagonia has not changed over the last two millennia (average for the period: δ(13)C2200-0BP = -13...
November 29, 2016: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899209/with-the-noose-around-the-neck-marine-debris-entangling-otariid-species
#20
Valentina Franco-Trecu, Massimiliano Drago, Helena Katz, Emanuel Machín, Yamandú Marín
Plastic debris in marine environments and its impact on wildlife species is becoming a problem of increasing concern. In pinnipeds, entanglements commonly consist of loops around the neck of non-biodegradable materials from fishing gear or commercial packaging, known as "neck collars". These entanglements can cause injuries, death by suffocation and starvation, and therefore they may add to the overall decrease in population. Our objective was to describe the entanglement of two species of otariids (Arctocephalus australis and Otaria flavescens) in the South West Atlantic Ocean...
November 26, 2016: Environmental Pollution
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