Wednesday, November 22, 2017
 
Stratosphere an Accomplice for Santa Ana Winds and California Wildfires

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Stratosphere an Accomplice for Santa Ana Winds and California Wildfires

The hot and dry Santa Ana winds are associated with many of Southern California’s destructive wildfires, and even take the blame for tense, ugly moods. Now, NOAA researchers have found that on occasion the winds have an accomplice in contributing to California’s wildfires: atmospheric events known as stratospheric intrusions, which bring extremely dry air from the upper atmosphere down to the surface.

Student Interns at NOAA Labs are a Breath of Fresh Air

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Student Interns at NOAA Labs are a Breath of Fresh Air

This summer, the Educational Partnership Program (EPP) invited its first cohort of Cooperative Science Center (CSC) students to participate in the NOAA Experiential Research and Training Opportunity (NERTO). This program is one of several ways the EPP aims to advance collaborative research in the NOAA-mission sciences through the talent of student researchers, which can also be placed as Undergraduate Scholars and Hollings Scholars. Since 2001, EPP CSCs and other scholarship programs have supported over 2,500 students.

Studying the air above oil and gas production areas in the western United States

Friday, March 20, 2015

Studying the air above oil and gas production areas in the western United States

NOAA and CIRES lead airborne field campaign to look at climate and air quality impacts

Vast regions west of the Mississippi River are under development for oil and gas extraction, and the associated equipment has become a familiar sight on any cross-country road trip or flight.  But while one focus is on what comes out of the ground, NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) researchers and their colleagues are studying what escapes to the air—and how it is transformed in the atmosphere and affects air quality and climate.  The scientists are using a suite of state-of-the-art chemical instruments aboard a research aircraft this spring in the NOAA-led Shale Oil and Natural Gas Nexus (SONGNEX 2015) field campaign, to study the atmospheric effects of energy production in the western United States.
Utah’s winter air quality mystery

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Utah’s winter air quality mystery

NOAA study targets high ozone pollution events in western oil and gas fields

During the last two winters, air quality monitors near oil and gas fields in the Uintah Basin have picked up episodes of ozone pollution far in excess of federal health-based standards in the least likely time -- during winter. 

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