The emergence of “The Blob”

“The Blob” is a peculiar and persistent warm-water mass that has been hovering over the Northern Pacific on and off for the past few years.  Scientist don’t full understand how or why it is there, but it is having marked effects on both weather patterns (largely in the Pacific Northwest) and on local ecosystems.  In particular, the warm water prevents mixing of upper and lower layers of the oceans that are important for delivering nutrients that fuel tremendous food webs and massive fisheries of global importance.  Interestingly, scientists don’t believe the direct cause of “the blob” is climate change, but they do think that is provides an important glimpse of some of the unexpected consequences of human-induced climate change. Read more here  The Blob_Science_2015.

By | 2015-04-05T17:39:40-04:00 April 5th, 2015|Categories: Climate Change, Current Events, Global change|0 Comments

About the Author:

Jacob Allgeier
I am an ecologist with broad interests in how human-induced changes alter how ecosystems function and the services that they provide. A central focus of my research is understanding how changes in biodiversity affect the flow of nutrients and energy in ecosystems. Most of this research takes place in tropical coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral reefs. I am an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

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