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Heat waves will soon be the new normal

Mar 15, 2019

Climate change is often talked about in terms of averages — like the goal set by the Paris Agreement to limit the Earth’s temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius. What such numbers fail to convey is that climate change will not only increase the world’s average temperature, it will also intensify extreme heat waves that even now are harming people and wildlife, according to a recent review paper by San Francisco State University Professor of Biology Jonathon Stillman.

Estuary & Ocean Science Center announces EOS talks

Mar 1, 2019

The Estuary & Ocean Science Center talks (EOS talks) are a communication stage for our graduate students to share their passion for protecting the estuary and the ocean. Our early career research scientists give a 5 minute talk in front of a panel of community members who will act as judges. The top three students receive monetary awards. They also share their talks with the general public during our Discovery Day open house.

California’s Fourth Climate Assessment Report

Sep 7, 2018

California’s Coast and Ocean Summary Report on our coast and ocean is out. We're seeing the greenhouse gas-driven changes already and expect more in the future. They will have significant consequences for California’s coastal economy, communities, ecosystems, culture, and heritage, and some are already occurring. These consequences will have ripple effects in California well beyond the local areas directly affected, effects that could extend into the U.S. economy.

Earth Has a Hidden Plastic Problem—Scientists Are Hunting It Down

Aug 14, 2018

Trillions of tiny particles generated by our plastic-reliant society are polluting environments worldwide.

During a research cruise to the Sargasso Sea in fall 1971 marine biologist Ed Carpenter first noticed peculiar, white specks floating amidst the mats of brown sargassum seaweed. After some investigating he discovered they were tiny bits of plastic. He was stunned. If thousands of the broken down particles were showing up in in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, 550 miles from any mainland, he says, “I figured it’s all over the place.”

Blob, bloom and Dungie doom

Jul 31, 2018

On November 6, 2015, commercial crab fishermen in California received news that the opening of the Dungeness crab fishery would be delayed as a result of elevated seafood toxin levels. The commercial rock crab fishery was also closed until further notice. For those fishermen, this was pretty devastating news, and it only got worse.

Read the full story HERE (2.3 MB PDF)

San Francisco Bay nutrients and plankton dynamics as simulated by a coupled hydrodynamic-ecosystem model

Jun 26, 2018

An open source coupled physical-biogeochemical model is developed for San Francisco Bay (SFB) to study nutrient cycling and plankton dynamics as well as to assist ecosystem based management and risk assessment. The biogeochemical model in this study is based on the Carbon, Silicate and Nitrogen Ecosystem (CoSiNE) model, and coupled to the unstructured grid, Semi-Implicit Cross-scale Hydroscience Integrated System Model (SCHISM).