Seal scientists

Elephant seals help climate scientists understand deepwater heating around Antarctica

By Stephen Ornes, 12:18 PM September 17, 2012




Climate scientists concerned about global warming keep a close eye on Antarctica. There, some of the ice shelves that extend from the continent into the ocean are melting, adding freshwater that boosts sea level. Like other scientists, Tore Hattermann of the Norwegian Polar Institute wants to understand how that watery environment is changing.


But unlike other scientists, Hattermann is recruiting assistance from blubbery, nonhuman helpers.


In a recent study, elephant seals helped the resea...

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