Tuesday, October 17, 2017
 

Sailing drone captures dawn while crossing the Bering Strait

Unmanned vehicles cruise into Arctic for voyage of data collection

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In the early hours of August 1, one of two remotely operated unmanned sailing vehicles snapped this dreamy photo as it sailed through the choppy Bering Strait, bound for a voyage of data collection. In the distance are the islands of Little Diomede in the United States and Big Diomede in Russia.

Summer of sailing drones

Unmanned ocean vehicles are collecting data from the Arctic to the tropics

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Over the next four months, NOAA scientists will launch unmanned ocean vehicles, called Saildrones, from the Arctic to the tropical Pacific Ocean to help better understand how changes in the ocean are affecting weather, climate, fisheries and marine mammals. The wind and solar-powered research vehicles that resemble a sailboat will travel thousands of miles across the ocean, reaching some areas never before surveyed with such specialized technology. 

Agencies team up to accelerate Earth system prediction

Goal is improved short and long-term prediction of weather, climate, ocean and sea ice conditions

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Accurately predicting the weather - at short and long time scales - is among the most complex and important challenges faced by science. Protecting the nation’s security and economic well-being will increasingly rely on improved skill in forecasting weather, weather-driven events like floods and droughts, and long-term shifts in weather, ocean and sea-ice patterns.

Research shows ocean acidification is spreading rapidly in the Arctic

Communities dependent on shellfish, other marine resources could be at risk

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Ocean acidification is spreading rapidly in the western Arctic Ocean in both area and depth, potentially affecting shellfish, other marine species in the food web, and communities that depend on these resources, according to new research published in Nature Climate Change by NOAA, Chinese marine scientists and other partners.


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