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New research helps crack the mystery of clouds to improve climate prediction

New research helps crack the mystery of clouds to improve climate prediction

NOAA and partner research on clouds and air-sea interactions will help improve a new generation of models that predict our weather and climate, according to a new summary article that is part of a special issue of the open access journal Earth System Science Data

August 25, 2021 0 Comments
NOAA scientist Vaishali Naik plays a leading role in international climate assessment

NOAA scientist Vaishali Naik plays a leading role in international climate assessment

“I wanted to do something related to the environment,” Naik said. “It became clear to me during my studies that pollutants are not just harmful for human health, but they also impact the climate.”

August 9, 2021 0 Comments
Human activities responsible for rapid increase in Earth's heat

Human activities responsible for rapid increase in Earth's heat

A new study by Princeton University and NOAA researchers has found clear evidence of human influence on Earth’s climate in the past two decades of satellite measurements. “Human activity strongly influenced the positive trend in Earth's energy imbalance, causing a significant increase in the heat stored in the planet,” said Shiv Priyam Raghuraman, the lead researcher on the study. 

July 28, 2021 0 Comments
Preliminary analysis concludes Pacific Northwest heat wave was a 1,000-year event…hopefully

Preliminary analysis concludes Pacific Northwest heat wave was a 1,000-year event…hopefully

If the preliminary results are correct, they mean that the heat wave would have been at least 150 times rarer before global warming.

July 22, 2021 0 Comments
Deforestation, warming flip part of Amazon forest from carbon sink to source

Deforestation, warming flip part of Amazon forest from carbon sink to source

New results from a nine-year research project in the eastern Amazon rainforest finds that significant deforestation in eastern and southeastern Brazil turned what was once a forest that absorbed carbon dioxide into a source of planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions.

July 14, 2021 0 Comments
Earth has two different stratospheres, and aviation may be to blame

Earth has two different stratospheres, and aviation may be to blame

Findings of a new study of aerosols in the remote atmosphere finds that the northern stratosphere is significantlly more polluted than the south. Analysis of the aerosols suggests aviation is to blame. 

June 30, 2021 0 Comments
NOAA, Boeing team up to test greenhouse gas-measuring technology

NOAA, Boeing team up to test greenhouse gas-measuring technology

Scientists with NOAA's Global Monitoring Laboratory will evaluate the optimal placement of greenhouse-gas sampling inlets on a Boeing 737 flying testbed owned by Alaska Air during Boeing's 2021 ecoDemonstrator technology development program. 

June 3, 2021 0 Comments
5 ways NOAA scientists are answering big questions about climate change

5 ways NOAA scientists are answering big questions about climate change

From warmer ocean temperatures to longer and more intense droughts and heat waves, climate change is affecting our entire planet. Scientists at NOAA have long worked to track, understand and predict how climate change is progressing and impacting ecosystems, communities and economies.

April 20, 2021 0 Comments
Giant Australian bushfire injected 1 million tons of smoke in the atmosphere

Giant Australian bushfire injected 1 million tons of smoke in the atmosphere

Massive high-altitude clouds of smoke warmed the Southern Hemisphere's stratospshere by about 1 degree Celsius for six months, and likely contributed to the large and persistent ozone hole that formed over Antarctica during the austral spring.

April 15, 2021 0 Comments
Government interventions rather than climate conditions primarily curb COVID-19’s spread

Government interventions rather than climate conditions primarily curb COVID-19’s spread

Government interventions, such as mask mandates and school closures, rather than meteorological factors appear to have primarily influenced COVID-19’s spread in 2020 and early 2021, according to a new report.

March 18, 2021 0 Comments
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