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New NOAA research model improves dust, air quality forecasts

New NOAA research model improves dust, air quality forecasts

Running on the newest version of NOAA’s Global Forecast System, or GFS, the FV3-Chem model forecasts the distribution of some primary air pollutants: smoke, soot, organic carbon, sulfate, and large and small particles of dust and sea salt - collectively known as aerosols. Because these aerosols affect the weather, the model also provides weather forecasts.

July 23, 2020 0 Comments
NOAA scientist shows how reducing air pollution has saved lives

NOAA scientist shows how reducing air pollution has saved lives

February 20, 2020 0 Comments
Research finds spike in dust storms in American Southwest driven by ocean changes

Research finds spike in dust storms in American Southwest driven by ocean changes

People living in the American Southwest have experienced a dramatic increase in windblown dust storms in the last two decades, likely driven by large-scale changes in sea surface temperature in the Pacific Ocean drying the region’s soil, according to new NOAA-led research.

May 10, 2017 0 Comments
Nationwide study measures short-term spike in particulate matter due to Independence Day fireworks

Nationwide study measures short-term spike in particulate matter due to Independence Day fireworks

From our nation’s founding, the Fourth of July has been synonymous with fireworks. While many grew up learning that fireworks can be dangerous to the eyes and hands if not handled properly, fireworks also produce air pollutants, including particulate matter, that are linked to short-term or long-term health effects.

NOAA has authored a new study appearing in the journal Atmospheric Environment that quantifies the surge in fine particulate matter – particles that are two and one half microns in diameter (PM2.5) – on July 4, using observations from the 315 U.S. air quality monitoring sites that operated from 1999 to 2013. The new study is the first nationwide quantitative analysis of the effects.

June 30, 2015 0 Comments
NOAA research shows limits to detecting geo-engineered increases to sunlight reflection

NOAA research shows limits to detecting geo-engineered increases to sunlight reflection

A perspective from NOAA and NASA scientists published online on January 29, 2014 in Nature Climate Change addresses a key question surrounding proposals to engineer the Earth’s climate to increase the planet’s reflection of sunlight to counteract climate warming: Could we measure manmade increases in reflectivity?

January 29, 2014 0 Comments
Congratulations to the 2011 OAR Employee of the Year Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2011 OAR Employee of the Year Award Winners

Each year, NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research holds a competition to identify federal employees to receive Employee of the Year Awards. This year, four individuals and one group are honored for promoting excellence in their support of the programs and operations of NOAA Research.
February 1, 2012 0 Comments
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