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A warm pool in the Indo-Pacific Ocean has almost doubled in size, changing global rainfall patterns

A warm pool in the Indo-Pacific Ocean has almost doubled in size, changing global rainfall patterns

Due to human-caused climate change, our planet’s ocean has been heating up at a rate of 0.6 degrees C (0.11 degrees F) per decade over the past century. But this warming isn’t uniform.

December 4, 2020 0 Comments
US methane “hotspot” is snapshot of local pollution

US methane “hotspot” is snapshot of local pollution

The giant methane cloud spotted by satellite over the U.S. Southwest that made national headlines in 2014 wasn’t a persistent, undiscovered “hotspot” as first thought, but the result of a nightly atmospheric condition and topography that trapped industrial and natural emissions of the potent greenhouse gas near the ground in the basin overnight, according to new research published in the journal Elementa by CIRES and NOAA.

November 24, 2020 0 Comments
NOAA’s ocean exploration advisory board forges ahead with new members

NOAA’s ocean exploration advisory board forges ahead with new members

On December 10, 2020, the NOAA Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB) will hold its 18th meeting. With the June 2020 release of the National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, ocean exploration is in the spotlight. During the December meeting, the OEAB will make recommendations to the administration for advancing ocean exploration over the next 6-12 months. It will do so with five new members on board.

November 23, 2020 0 Comments
NOAA scientists virtually discover new species of comb jelly

NOAA scientists virtually discover new species of comb jelly

November 23, 2020 0 Comments
Drones are helping scientists understand major weather events

Drones are helping scientists understand major weather events

November 12, 2020 0 Comments
After a busy summer, NOAA’s hurricane gliders are returning home

After a busy summer, NOAA’s hurricane gliders are returning home

NOAA’s hurricane gliders are returning home after a successful journey during the 2020 hurricane season. These gliders were deployed off the coasts of Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Gulf of Mexico, and the eastern U.S. to collect data for scientists to use to improve the accuracy of hurricane forecast models. 

November 9, 2020 0 Comments
How will climate change change El Niño and La Niña?

How will climate change change El Niño and La Niña?

A new book published by the American Geophysical Union provides first detailed examination of how climate change may influence El Niño and La Niña.

November 9, 2020 0 Comments
Large, deep Antarctic ozone hole persisting into November 2020

Large, deep Antarctic ozone hole persisting into November 2020

October 30, 2020 0 Comments
National Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative: 2020 Update

National Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative: 2020 Update

Over the past several years, Sea Grant has funded many research projects. Last year, Sea Grant established several collaborative teams focused on bringing together diverse aquaculture stakeholders, advancing specific aspects of the industry, and informing future national investments by Sea Grant. Funding for existing projects is ongoing. This year, Sea Grant provided supplemental funds to each of the state Sea Grant programs to expand work and take on new aquaculture projects at the local level. National investments also included rapid response funds to each Sea Grant state program to address aquaculture needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 29, 2020 0 Comments
Elevating houses can protect against floods. But how high is high enough?

Elevating houses can protect against floods. But how high is high enough?

October 26, 2020 0 Comments
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