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6 December 2019

Peatlands release more methane when disturbed by roads

Roads built through acidic wetlands may make greenhouse gas emissions from the wetlands spike by damming natural water flow, according to a new study in AGU’s Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences.


21 August 2019

Study provides new clues to source of methane gas on Mars

A team of researchers led by scientists at York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering has created a model of how methane changes on Mars throughout the day by using data from a satellite, the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and the Curiosity Rover. In the past, each had measured significantly different amounts of methane on Mars. The new measurements provide more clues that could help to understand what processes are important in creating the methane coming from a large 154 km- wide crater on the planet, Gale crater.


8 July 2019

More WaterWords and videos from the Hunting Bubbles expedition

Five new posts from the Hunting Bubbles expedition.


1 July 2019

Cruise blog: Update on observing seafloor methane seeps at the edge of hydrate stability

Six new posts, including two videos, from the R/V Falkor on its cruise to seek out and study methane bubbles seeping out of the seafloor.


27 June 2019

Study shows how to produce natural gas while storing carbon dioxide

New research shows that injecting air and carbon dioxide into methane ice deposits buried beneath the Gulf of Mexico could unlock vast natural gas energy resources while helping fight climate change by trapping the carbon dioxide underground.


25 June 2019

Cruise blog: More observing seafloor methane seeps at the edge of hydrate stability

Six new blog posts from the continuing Hunting Bubbles research cruise.


18 June 2019

Cruise blog: Observing seafloor methane seeps at the edge of hydrate stability

Four new updates from the ongoing cruise of the R/V Falkor…


13 June 2019

Seeking the Seeps

The unusually bright Oregon sun beams down on me as I watch the soaring Astoria bridge recede into the background. The R/V Falkor has just pushed back from the dock and we’re steaming into the great Columbia River. Looking ahead, I can see twin points of land, framing the mouth of the Columbia like a giant crab claw.


15 May 2019

Study: U.S. methane emissions flat since 2006 despite increased oil and gas activity

Natural gas production in the United States has increased 46 percent since 2006, but there has been no significant increase of total US methane emissions and only a modest increase from oil and gas activity, according to a new NOAA study.


21 March 2019

Chemical tracers untangle natural gas from agricultural methane emissions

With natural gas booming across the Front Range, drilling rigs may operate within feet from cattle farms. That shared land use can confound attempts to understand trends in methane, a greenhouse gas and air pollutant—the gases emitted from these different sources blend together.


29 October 2018

Brick by brick

For three weeks, the crew and science complement of the R/V Falkor has sailed down the coast of California, from San Francisco to San Diego. We have worked together to take the ROV SuBastian into the depths, beyond the reach of sunlight and—for now anyway—human intervention.


27 September 2018

Hunting Bubbles: Bubbles Found

As we steam towards San Francisco in rough seas, I am reminded how lucky we have been during our time on the Falkor with the weather, never losing any days to poor weather. Falkor really is the luck dragon!


24 September 2018

Hunting Bubbles ~ Week Four Video

This week’s #HuntingBubbles video looks at the trial of the ABISS lander and the next steps that the team will take as they reflect on the expedition.


19 September 2018

How is a test tube like a layer cake?

By Jen Karolewski If you have ever read a scientific paper, you probably know how dry and dull they can be. As a graduate student I spend a lot of time reading papers and I can say with confidence that the methods section is often the most mind-numbingly tedious part – this is the portion of an article that describes the particular details of where a sample was taken or …


18 September 2018

Hunting Bubbles ~ Week Three Video

Two strategies being tested right now on the #HuntingBubbles expedition include rapid prototyping as well as modifying “off the shelf” sensors and instruments to specific scientific purposes.


16 September 2018

Drawing conclusions about hydrates ~ a video

Get a personal class about what methane hydrates are and how they are formed in this quick lesson drawn by #ArtistAtSea Adam Swanson and narrated by #HuntingBubbles Principal Investigator Scott Wankel.


12 September 2018

Seafloor methane expedition: In-situ observations of methane bubbles from natural seeps

Rising methane bubbles from natural seeps can either dissipate in the water column, or “survive” up to the water surface and be released into the atmosphere.


8 February 2017

Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release

The breakdown of methane hydrates due to warming climate is unlikely to lead to massive amounts of methane being released to the atmosphere, according to a recent interpretive review of scientific literature.


13 January 2017

Scientists try to mitigate methane, from cows

There are about 33 million cattle in Mexico, where a few scientists are experimenting to concoct a cow diet that will reduce methane emissions.


27 September 2016

New research explores how wetlands and agriculture could be causing a global rise in methane

New research shows recent rises in methane levels in the atmosphere are most likely driven by biological sources, such as swamp gas, cow burps, or rice fields, rather than fossil fuel emissions.