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Drone trains its eyes on flood waters to improve forecasts Drone trains its eyes on flood waters to improve forecasts

Drone trains its eyes on flood waters to improve forecasts

As the Yalobusha River rose around Greenwood, Mississippi, during a major rainstorm in late February, scientists from the Northern Gulf Institute at Mississippi State University deployed a small unmanned plane that...
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NOAA science report highlights 2018 research accomplishments NOAA science report highlights 2018 research accomplishments

NOAA science report highlights 2018 research accomplishments

Forecasting hurricane track and intensity, providing decision support for wildfires, issuing warnings for harmful algal blooms: these are just a snapshot of how NOAA’s research over the past year has provided...
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NOAA taps fishery scientist to lead its Pacific Marine Environmental Lab NOAA taps fishery scientist to lead its Pacific Marine Environmental Lab

NOAA taps fishery scientist to lead its Pacific Marine Environmental Lab

Michelle McClure, director of the Fishery Resource Analysis and Monitoring Division at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, began work Monday, February 4, 2019,  as the new director of...
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Argo Program Achieves Milestone with Two Million Ocean Measurements Argo Program Achieves Milestone with Two Million Ocean Measurements

Argo Program Achieves Milestone with Two Million Ocean Measurements

An Argo float recently surfaced in the Atlantic Ocean to transmit temperature and salinity measurements from over a mile deep. This float was made in France and launched by German scientists in 2016, and it is one of...
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New research improves wind forecasts for the renewable energy industry New research improves wind forecasts for the renewable energy industry

New research improves wind forecasts for the renewable energy industry

New research on wind behavior in complex terrain, led by NOAA and the U.S. Department of Energy, will improve forecasts for wind energy firms by 15-25 percent, and improve wind forecasts for the entire...
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Small unmanned aircraft flies into rapidly intensifying Hurricane Michael Small unmanned aircraft flies into rapidly intensifying Hurricane Michael

Small unmanned aircraft flies into rapidly intensifying Hurricane Michael

NOAA scientists flew multiple missions into Hurricane Michael in the days before landfall, closely observing the rapid intensification of the storm. Their tools included a small unmanned aircraft, called the Coyote,...
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NOAA organizes first agency-wide event to advance its modeling enterprise NOAA organizes first agency-wide event to advance its modeling enterprise

NOAA organizes first agency-wide event to advance its modeling enterprise

NOAA constantly strives to improve its models of our changing environment in order to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers, and other decision makers with reliable information they can act on. But improving...
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When noise becomes signal When noise becomes signal

When noise becomes signal

Last spring, Governor Jerry Brown declared an end to California’s historic drought that caused over $5 billion in damage to agriculture as well as substantial impacts to fisheries, infrastructure, human health,...
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Studying wildfires by flying directly through the smoke 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...
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