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Searching for tiny clues to changing seas

Searching for tiny clues to changing seas

An annual zooplankton surveys help scientists track the health of the Bering and Chukchi seas.  

August 22, 2019 0 Comments
Soot from massive 2017 fire clouds persisted in stratosphere for months

Soot from massive 2017 fire clouds persisted in stratosphere for months

A sooty cloud generated by a 2017 firestorm provided an ideal opportunity for researchers to test a climate model that simulated the lifetime of that soot in the stratosphere.

August 8, 2019 0 Comments
Climate change to make hot droughts hotter in the US southern plains

Climate change to make hot droughts hotter in the US southern plains

A new NOAA study in the Journal of Climate warns that in the already warm and frequently dry southern Great Plains and Southwest, climate change will make compound heat-wave and drought events significantly hotter than they used to be. 

July 15, 2019 0 Comments
Are tropical cyclones moving at a more leisurely pace?

Are tropical cyclones moving at a more leisurely pace?

A recent NOAA-led study found the speed of movement of tropical cyclones, including hurricanes, has been slowing in recent decades, with more storms lumbering slowly over land and potentially causing more flooding. However, new research published in Nature by another NOAA scientist casts some doubt that tropical cyclones are slowing and that there’s a link to climate change.

June 6, 2019 0 Comments
This Earth Day, Explore the Ways NOAA Research is Tackling the Planet’s Biggest Questions

This Earth Day, Explore the Ways NOAA Research is Tackling the Planet’s Biggest Questions

For scientists at NOAA, Earth Day — and every other day of the year — is about getting to the bottom of some of the most pressing questions about the planet we call home: how it works, how it’s changing, and how humans are affecting it.

April 16, 2019 0 Comments
A bird’s eye view of the Arctic - and future weather research

A bird’s eye view of the Arctic - and future weather research

New NOAA research demonstrates that drones and weather balloons can gather data needed to improve weather forecasts in severe working environments. 

July 5, 2018 0 Comments
Another climate milestone on Mauna Loa

Another climate milestone on Mauna Loa

Carbon dioxide levels measured at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Atmospheric Baseline Observatory averaged more than 410 parts per million in April and May, the highest monthly averages ever recorded.

June 7, 2018 0 Comments
NOAA’s greenhouse gas index up 41 percent since 1990

NOAA’s greenhouse gas index up 41 percent since 1990

The warming influence from long-lived greenhouse gases rose again in 2017, reflecting ongoing changes to the atmosphere associated predominantly with human activities, NOAA scientists announced today.

May 30, 2018 0 Comments
New National Academies' report lays out path forward for methane research

New National Academies' report lays out path forward for methane research

A new National Academies of Sciences' report calls on several federal agencies to work together to improve techniques for measuring one of the most important greenhouse gases produced by humans - methane.

March 27, 2018 0 Comments
Study: Climate change soon to be main cause of heat waves in West, Great Lakes

Study: Climate change soon to be main cause of heat waves in West, Great Lakes

A new analysis of heat wave patterns appearing today in Nature Climate Change concludes that climate change driven by the buildup of human-caused greenhouse gases will overtake natural variability as the main cause of heat waves in the western United States by the late 2020s and by the mid-2030s in the Great Lakes region.

March 19, 2018 0 Comments
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