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Craig N. McLean, director of NOAA Research, to retire

Craig N. McLean, director of NOAA Research, to retire

Craig N. McLean, assistant administrator of NOAA Research, who began his NOAA career as a uniformed officer in the NOAA Corps four decades ago and rose to lead the agency’s research division and become a champion of ocean exploration, scientific integrity and science diplomacy, has announced his plan to retire from public service on April 1, 2022.

November 18, 2021 0 Comments
NOAA Ocean Exploration Meets Major Mapping Milestone

NOAA Ocean Exploration Meets Major Mapping Milestone

Two million square kilometers. Or 772,204 square miles. That’s more than one quarter the size of the contiguous United States. And it’s the area of seafloor mapped by NOAA Ocean Exploration using the modern, high-resolution multibeam sonar system aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer since the ship was commissioned in 2008.

November 15, 2021 0 Comments
NOAA upgrades climate website amid growing demand for climate information

NOAA upgrades climate website amid growing demand for climate information

NOAA’s Climate Program Office today launched a newly redesigned version of Climate.gov, NOAA’s award-winning, flagship website that provides the public with clear, timely, and science-based information about climate. The redesign expands the site’s already significant capacity to connect Americans with the resources they need to understand and plan for climate-related risks.

October 12, 2021 0 Comments
2020’s Economic Slowdown Provides Opportunity to Investigate Ozone Pollution in the U.S.

2020’s Economic Slowdown Provides Opportunity to Investigate Ozone Pollution in the U.S.

When COVID-19 pandemic began in the US, counties and cities across the nation imposed stay at home orders, closed schools or imposed travel restrictions. From March 2020 onward, many Americans hung up car keys and settled into their homes for work and school. Traffic patterns dramatically changed, and previously smog filled vistas became clearer.

September 16, 2021 0 Comments
Richard W. Spinrad sworn in as NOAA administrator

Richard W. Spinrad sworn in as NOAA administrator

Richard (Rick) W. Spinrad, Ph.D., an internationally renowned scientist with four decades of ocean, atmosphere, and climate science and policy expertise, was sworn in today by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo as the under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and the 11th NOAA administrator. This follows his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on June 17, 2021.

June 24, 2021 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
NOAA’s Climate Program Office launches Climate Risk Areas Initiative

NOAA’s Climate Program Office launches Climate Risk Areas Initiative

Increased flooding, warming ocean temperatures, fluctuating lake levels, and more frequent heat waves—these are just some of the impacts communities across the country are facing as people from every U.S. region and economic sector turn to NOAA for actionable climate information. 

July 6, 2020 0 Comments
NOAA leads community scientists in mapping hottest parts of 13 U.S. cities this summer

NOAA leads community scientists in mapping hottest parts of 13 U.S. cities this summer

Running barefoot from scorching asphalt to cool grass in the summertime as a kid, you likely learned how cityscapes tend to get much warmer than green spaces. Extreme heat can be fatal, and buildings and pavement increase its threat, making some parts of cities up to 20°F hotter than other parts.

June 3, 2020 0 Comments
Link Between Earth’s Heat and Hurricane Strength Grows

Link Between Earth’s Heat and Hurricane Strength Grows

Researchers from NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies have greater confidence that warming surface temperatures and increasing tropical cyclone intensity appear to go hand-in-hand.

May 21, 2020 0 Comments
NOAA’s Climate Program Office announces new Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellows

NOAA’s Climate Program Office announces new Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellows

Eight new postdoctoral fellows are commencing cutting-edge research projects that will contribute innovative climate science to the research community as well as NOAA’s mission.

March 30, 2020 0 Comments
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