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Healing ozone layer stopped migration of Southern Hemisphere winds

Healing ozone layer stopped migration of Southern Hemisphere winds

A NOAA study published in the journal Nature demonstrates a profound effect of the Montreal Protocol: as levels of ozone-depleting chemicals controlled by the intenational treaty declined, a poleward shift of summertime circulation patterns in the Southern Hemisphere halted. 

March 27, 2020 0 Comments
New chemical discovered during historic airborne research mission to spur reexamination of marine sulfur cycle and climate models

New chemical discovered during historic airborne research mission to spur reexamination of marine sulfur cycle and climate models

The discovery of a novel sulfur compound during a 2017 NASA airborne research campaign will likely spur a scientific reassessment of a fundamental marine chemical cycle which drives the formation of oceanic clouds that play a key role in moderating climate.  “People thought the sulfur budget was well understood,” said NOAA scientist Patricia Quinn, who was not involved in the study. “This throws a kink in the whole works.”

February 18, 2020 0 Comments
Dungeness crab larvae already showing effects of coastal acidification

Dungeness crab larvae already showing effects of coastal acidification

Analysis of larval crab sampled from coastal waters identified examples of damage to the outer shell of numerous larval Dungeness crabs, as well as the loss of hair-like sensory structures crabs use to orient themselves to their surroundings. 

January 23, 2020 0 Comments
Wave gliders, ocean drifters and drones to help international researchers solve key climate question

Wave gliders, ocean drifters and drones to help international researchers solve key climate question

American and European scientists are deploying dozens of autonomous and remotely-piloted instrument platforms to capture simultaneous observations of the lower atmosphere and the upper ocean offshore of Barbados with unprecedented detail.

January 23, 2020 0 Comments
Braving the Eye of the Storm

Braving the Eye of the Storm

First data to be published from experimental drone flights into hurricane eyewalls demonstrates value for improving models. 

November 21, 2019 0 Comments
2019 ozone hole smallest on record

2019 ozone hole smallest on record

Abnormal weather patterns in the upper atmosphere over Antarctica dramatically limited
ozone depletion in September and October, resulting in the smallest ozone hole observed since
1982, NASA and NOAA scientists reported today.

October 21, 2019 0 Comments
Mahoney named director of NOAA’s Global Systems Division

Mahoney named director of NOAA’s Global Systems Division

October 18, 2019 0 Comments
Tiny Particles Brighten Clouds in the Tropics

Tiny Particles Brighten Clouds in the Tropics

Findings from one of the first studies produced by the Atmospheric Tomorgraphy mission suggest climate models may underestimate the cooling effect of tropical clouds.  

October 17, 2019 0 Comments
Old weather “time machine” opens a treasure trove for researchers

Old weather “time machine” opens a treasure trove for researchers

https://cires.colorado.edu/A NOAA-funded research team ha published an update the 20th Century Reanalysis Project, a dauntingly complex, high-resolution, four-dimensional reconstruction of the global climate that estimates what the weather was for every day back to 1836.

October 9, 2019 0 Comments
A Year Locked in Ice

A Year Locked in Ice

An expedition to the central Arctic will give scientists the first opportunity to study the dramatic changes sweeping across the top of the world for an entire year. 

September 20, 2019 0 Comments
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