Coastal Cool-Down

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Science  08 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5561, pp. 1823
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5561.1823

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At last month's Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, physical and biological oceanographers gathered to discuss the 1999 flip in sea surface temperatures, which chilled waters along the edge of the Pacific and in the tropics, and its impact on ecosystems off the western coast of North America. Other presentations discussed the " fingered, not stirred " mixing of the ocean and the " rotten steppingstone " route of mussels into the deep sea.