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Evaporative demand increase across lower 48 states means less water supplies, drier vegetation, and higher fire risk

Evaporative demand increase across lower 48 states means less water supplies, drier vegetation, and higher fire risk

In the western U.S., the impacts of drought conditions in the 21st century are increasingly evident as extended fire seasons, dwindling water supplies, and widespread tree mortality are becoming more common occurrences. 

May 17, 2022 0 Comments
Study: Reducing human-caused air pollution in North America & Europe brings surprise result: more hurricanes

Study: Reducing human-caused air pollution in North America & Europe brings surprise result: more hurricanes

A new NOAA study published today in the journal Science Advances about four decades of tropical cyclones reveals the surprising result that reducing particulate air pollution in Europe and North America has contributed to an increase in the number of tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic basin and a decrease in the number of these storms in the Southern Hemisphere. The study also found that the growth of particulate pollution in Asia has contributed to fewer tropical cyclones in the western North Pacific basin. 

May 11, 2022 0 Comments
NOAA’s observations help EPA track emissions of a family of greenhouse gases

NOAA’s observations help EPA track emissions of a family of greenhouse gases

NOAA atmospheric measurements are helping to support a national inventory of emissions from an important family of greenhouse gases.

April 22, 2022 0 Comments
Celebrate Earth Day with NOAA scientists

Celebrate Earth Day with NOAA scientists

What does Earth Day mean to scientists at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) - especially during our current era of climate change?
 

April 22, 2022 0 Comments
This Earth Day, explore how NOAA science informs environmental policy

This Earth Day, explore how NOAA science informs environmental policy

April 22nd is Earth Day, and here at NOAA, we know a few things about the Earth.
April 22, 2022 0 Comments
New global forecasts of marine heatwaves foretell ecological and economic impacts

New global forecasts of marine heatwaves foretell ecological and economic impacts

Researchers have developed global forecasts that can provide up to a year's advance notice of marine heatwaves, sudden and pronounced increases in ocean temperatures that can dramatically affect ocean ecosystems.

April 20, 2022 0 Comments
NOAA-led cruise expands sensors for climate prediction

NOAA-led cruise expands sensors for climate prediction

PIRATA buoys provide critical data that are used to develop and improve predictive models of the Atlantic climate system, as well as used for ocean and weather prediction.
April 14, 2022 0 Comments
Increase in atmospheric methane set another record during 2021

Increase in atmospheric methane set another record during 2021

For the second year in a row, NOAA scientists observed a record annual increase in atmospheric levels of methane, a powerful, heat-trapping greenhouse gas that’s the second biggest contributor to human-caused global warming after carbon dioxide.

April 7, 2022 0 Comments
NOAA report highlights 2021 climate, weather, ocean research

NOAA report highlights 2021 climate, weather, ocean research

The newly released 2021 NOAA Science Report includes more than 60 stories that represent a selection of NOAA’s 2021 research and development accomplishments across the range of NOAA’s mission.

March 28, 2022 0 Comments
Study previews how climate change may alter rain-making atmospheric rivers by 2100

Study previews how climate change may alter rain-making atmospheric rivers by 2100

A new NOAA modeling study suggests climate change is likely to disrupt Pacific atmospheric rivers, which are important sources of snow and rain for west coast states. 

March 24, 2022 0 Comments
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