This week from AGU: Amazonian drought, polar ice loss, and 3 research spotlights



Drought caused the Amazon to stop storing carbon

The Amazon Basin's carbon sink was completely shut down by a recent drought, according to a new study, published in Global Biogeochemical Cycles.

EarthCube All Hands Meeting report

More than 130 geoscientists and cyberinfrastructure researchers met in Denver to plan the next stages of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) EarthCube e-infrastructure project.

EXPORTS: a plan to predict the fate of the ocean's primary net production

NASA oceanographer Ivona Cetini? explains the EXPORTS program and its aim to explore the ocean's carbon cycle on a global scale.

Charting ice sheet contributions to global sea level rise

An international team produced an integrated assessment of polar ice mass losses in 2012. Now efforts to provide an up-to-date assessment are under way, with an open invitation for participation.

Research Spotlights

Monster El Niño not enough to quench California drought

A new study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters shows that the Sierra Nevada snowpack will likely not recover from the current drought until 2019.

The dance of surface waves and ocean circulation

One mathematical model best describes the complex interplay between an ocean's surface waves and its underlying circulation, according to a new study published the Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.

Venus's unexpected, electrifying water loss

A new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters shows that an electric field surrounding Venus is stripping its atmosphere of water–and the same phenomenon may plague exoplanets scientists hope might be habitable.


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