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Studying wildfires by flying directly through the smoke

Studying wildfires by flying directly through the smoke

Understanding how wildfires impact air pollution and the composition of Earth’s atmosphere is critical for communities near and far because smoke from wildfires can travel long distances and have adverse health impacts on citizens.

July 26, 2018 0 Comments
NOAA invests $4.5 million to improve ocean observations for weather and climate prediction

NOAA invests $4.5 million to improve ocean observations for weather and climate prediction

NOAA’s Climate Program Office announced today that it is investing $4.5 million in four projects to test technology designed to improve the Tropical Pacific Observing System, an array of buoys in the tropical Pacific used to better understand El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), how it develops, and how it affects Earth’s weather.

June 8, 2016 0 Comments
NOAA contributes key carbon dioxide data to global carbon assessment

NOAA contributes key carbon dioxide data to global carbon assessment

A global report released this week on changing carbon dioxide levels in Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and land environment draws heavily from data and observations by NOAA research scientists and their partners. For the first time, the annual assessment by the Global Carbon Project uses data obtained from autonomous instruments installed by NOAA scientists on its ships and other ships of opportunity and moorings to determine the variability of  carbon dioxide in the surface ocean. 

September 25, 2014 0 Comments
Southern Ocean's role in climate, ocean health is goal of $21 million federal grant

Southern Ocean's role in climate, ocean health is goal of $21 million federal grant

The Southern Ocean that encircles Antarctica lends a considerable hand in keeping Earth's temperature hospitable by soaking up half of the human-made carbon in the atmosphere and a majority of the planet's excess heat. Yet, the inner workings — and global importance — of this ocean that accounts for 30 percent of the world's ocean area remains relatively unknown to scientists, as observations remain hindered by dangerous seas.

September 9, 2014 0 Comments
Clearing up confusion on future of Colorado River flows

Clearing up confusion on future of Colorado River flows

The Colorado River provides water for more than 30 million people. Increasing demand for that water combined with reduced flow and the looming threat of climate change have prompted concern about how to manage the basin’s water in coming decades. NOAA-funded researchers at the University of Washington and co-authors at eight institutions across the West aim to explain this wide range, and provide policymakers and the public with a framework for comparison.

July 1, 2013 0 Comments
Wayne Higgins named director of NOAA’s Climate Program Office

Wayne Higgins named director of NOAA’s Climate Program Office

Today, NOAA announced Wayne Higgins, Ph.D., as director of NOAA’s Climate Program Office.  Higgins, who has spent much of his career at the forefront of weather and climate prediction for NOAA’s National Weather Service, starts his new position July 28.
June 4, 2013 0 Comments
NOAA-led report: 2012 Central Great Plains 'flash drought' a result of natural variations in weather

NOAA-led report: 2012 Central Great Plains 'flash drought' a result of natural variations in weather

A new report by the NOAA Drought Task Force finds natural variations in weather patterns caused the 2012 Great Plains drought and rules out global ocean conditions, as well as human-induced climate change, as major culprits.
April 11, 2013 0 Comments
Energy Use in Cities Has Global Climate Effects

Energy Use in Cities Has Global Climate Effects

The heat that is generated by everyday energy consumption in metropolitan areas is significant enough to influence the character of major atmospheric circulation systems, according to a new NOAA-funded study.
January 28, 2013 0 Comments
NOAA gives $3.5 million to help two states address effects of climate change

NOAA gives $3.5 million to help two states address effects of climate change

Arizona and New Mexico will receive $3.5 million in grants from NOAA over five years to help them prepare for and adapt to climate variability and change.
January 16, 2013 0 Comments
Scientists show climate patterns may influence extreme U.S. tornado seasons

Scientists show climate patterns may influence extreme U.S. tornado seasons

NOAA and university researchers believe they have found a climate signal related to a specific phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation that could be linked to, and possibly serve as a predictor of, massive tornado outbreaks.

October 15, 2012 0 Comments
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