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NOAA scientists uncover way to assess ocean ecosystem health

Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration successfully identified visual threats to ocean ecosystems, like overfishing, pollution and invasive species. The study, which was published Nov. 10, 2015, will help promote ocean resilience and sustainability.

The scientists used satellite imagery, fishery surveys and landings data to produce a visual image of patterns in ecosystem food chains. The patterns point out problems within the ecosystems.

The findings also give scientists a better idea of how ecosystems recover from oil spills, said Jason Link, the lead author of the study, in a press release. This could have implications as climate change and ocean acidification continues to alter the environment, he noted.

CIRES presents The Art of Communicating Science to Decision Makers

Jan Marco Muller, a policy officer for international relations in the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, will speak to students and community members about communicating science to the media Nov. 19.

The seminar is sponsored by the Forum on Science, Ethics and Policy, the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research and the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research.

Those who attend can expect to learn ways of communicating scientific research to grab the attention of people in positions of power.

CU researchers awarded with Breakthrough Prize

A team of researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder was recently awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. The award arrived on the heels of the team’s discovery that neutrinos, shadowy subatomic particles, can change shape.

The research indicated there are three types of neutrinos — electrons, muon and tau. They can morph from one type to another as they move through space at the speed of light.

The award was presented by actor Seth MacFarlane Sunday at the NASA Ames facility in Silicon Valley, California.

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