Friday Deep-Sea Picture: Beufort Scale

Given the west coast storm of the century last weekend, today’s FDSP seemed appropriate (click for larger image). Via howtoons.


Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

One Reply to “Friday Deep-Sea Picture: Beufort Scale”

  1. Good related book: Defining the Wind : The Beaufort Scale, and How a 19th-Century Admiral Turned Science into Poetry.

    According to the book Beaufort doesn’t deserve all that much of the credit he gets for the scale that bears his name. His greatest contribution to science may in fact have occurred when he, as head of the Hydrographic Office for the Admiralty, gave approval to a companion for Captain FitzRoy, who was embarking on a survey trip to South America. The companion was a young amateur naturalist named Charles Darwin.

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