This week from AGU: Rising seas, Mercury’s hollows, and 5 research spotlights


Pacific sea level predicts global temperature changes
The amount of sea level rise in the Pacific Ocean can be used to estimate future global surface temperatures, according to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters.

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A new analysis of MESSENGER spacecraft images, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, grants fresh insight into how Mercury's mysterious hollows formed. See a slideshow on the hollows' formation here.

Research Spotlights

Forecasting space weather like Earth weather
Researchers find that as with terrestrial weather, ensemble forecasting–which uses several different models simultaneously–is the best way to produce accurate and precise forecasts of space weather, according to a new study published in Radio Science.

Deciphering the Bay of Bengal's tectonic origins
New magnetic and gravity data suggest that the boundary between continental and oceanic crust lies beneath northern Bangladesh, along the line of an Early Cretaceous spreading center, according to a new study published in Solid Earth.

Scientists map temperature and density in Earth's exosphere
Data from multiple orbiters give a clearer picture of how density and temperature interact and what that could mean for future satellite missions, according to a new study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics.

How sea surface temperatures affect an atmospheric phenomenon
New research published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres sheds light on the complex interplay between the atmosphere and the ocean and how both affect the Madden-Julian Oscillation.

Spotting the source of the solar wind
A new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters suggests that magnetic reconnection may fuel slow solar winds, which top out at speeds below 500 kilometers per second.


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