Category Archives: Environment

Giant clams tell the story of past typhoons

A highly precise method to determine past typhoon occurrences from giant clam shells has been developed, with the hope of using this method to predict future cyclone activity.

Later tropical blooms could affect marine life

Color changes in the northern Red Sea indicate rising sea temperatures could significantly impact tropical marine ecosystems. Monitoring phytoplankton abundance could help to identify areas in the oceans that are…

Rice, UH team preps for massive Antarctic glacier study

Offshore research team to aid in historic study of threatened Thwaites Glacier HOUSTON — A team of scientists from Rice University, the University of Houston, the University of Alabama and…

Sub-sea rift spills secrets to seismic probe

Rice University-led study yields first clues about internal structure of Galicia margin HOUSTON – The first study to spring from a Rice University-led 2013 international expedition to map the sea floor off…

Human impact on sea urchin abundance

In the longest running study of its kind, researchers found sea urchin populations were strongly affected by human-driven environmental changes. Sea urchin populations are more sensitive to human activities than…

Measuring the risks of extreme temperatures on public health

Heat and cold waves affect people with certain health conditions differently, highlighting the need for tailored public service risk communication. Extreme hot and cold weather increase the number of deaths…