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One facility makes a big contribution to Salt Lake’s winter brown cloud

One facility makes a big contribution to Salt Lake’s winter brown cloud

The 2.4 million people who live along Utah’s Wasatch Front experience some of the most severe winter particulate matter air pollution in the nation. Now, analysis of measurements taken during NOAA research flights in 2017 indicates that emissions from a single source, a magnesium refinery, may be responsible for a significant fraction of the fine particles that form  the dense winter brown clouds that hang over Salt Lake City.

January 25, 2023 0 Comments
National Academy of Science honors NOAA's Kirk Bryan for pioneering ocean and climate science

National Academy of Science honors NOAA's Kirk Bryan for pioneering ocean and climate science

Former NOAA scientist Kirk Bryan, Ph.D, has been named winner of the 2023 National Academy of Science’s  Alexander Agassiz Medal for his pioneering work in oceanography and climate science. 

 

January 23, 2023 0 Comments
Montreal Protocol emerges as a powerful climate treaty

Montreal Protocol emerges as a powerful climate treaty

A new report from the U.N., which includes key scientific contributions from NOAA and international partners, confirms that the recovery of Earth’s protective ozone layer is on track, and that the Montreal Protocol, the international treaty that guides the phase-out of ozone-destroying chemicals, has had the additional benefit of slowing global warming.

January 12, 2023 0 Comments
Atmospheric Rivers: What are they and how does NOAA study them?

Atmospheric Rivers: What are they and how does NOAA study them?

You may have heard of atmospheric rivers in the news lately due to the intense rainfall and flooding along the U.S. West Coast. These naturally occurring air currents can bring both severe disruption and great benefit through the heavy rain and mountain snows that contribute to regional water supply. NOAA studies atmospheric rivers to improve forecasting capabilities as well as to improve our understanding of atmospheric river impacts on communities and the physical environment. 

January 11, 2023 0 Comments
When volcanoes roar: protecting the public and tracking long-term climate impacts

When volcanoes roar: protecting the public and tracking long-term climate impacts

2022 was a busy year for volcanic eruptions with Hawaii's Mauna Loa and Kilaeau erupting simultaneously, along with Mount Semeru, Indonesia and the Hunga undersea volcano in Tonga. While the United States Geological Survey is the primary agency that monitors volcanic activity in the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) oversees safety systems for tsunamis and other volcano-related threats, as well as studies the impact of volcanic gasses on our global climate. 

January 5, 2023 0 Comments
NOAA Research's top accomplishments from 2022

NOAA Research's top accomplishments from 2022

Major hurricanes, intense wildfires, increasing concentrations of greenhouse gasses, deep sea discoveries, and more made 2022 an eventful year for NOAA Research. As we enter the final days of the year, we’re taking a look back at some of our biggest accomplishments from the last 12 months. 

December 20, 2022 0 Comments
Global atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise

Global atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise

Global carbon dioxide emissions in 2022 remain at record levels and natural carbon sinks are being impacted by climate change, according to a report published last week by the Global Carbon Project.  

November 14, 2022 0 Comments
A NOAA-funded startup innovates for social good

A NOAA-funded startup innovates for social good

As the catastrophic Colorado wildfires of late 2020 burned out of control, a small company based in Fort Collins, Colorado, decided to use the event as a rare opportunity to test a brand-new technology.

November 9, 2022 0 Comments
NOAA issues new guidebooks for climate resilience and adaptation

NOAA issues new guidebooks for climate resilience and adaptation

Today, NOAA and partners released Implementing the Steps to Resilience: A Practitioner's Guide, a handbook for national climate resilience. The resource is designed to help climate adaptation practitioners work with local governments and community organizations to incorporate climate risk and equity into their long-term decision making.  

October 25, 2022 0 Comments
NOAA awards contract to establish ocean partnership office

NOAA awards contract to establish ocean partnership office

NOAA Research, through NOAA Ocean Exploration, has awarded a $3.5 million, five-year  contract to Integrated Systems Solutions, Inc. (ISS) to establish the National Oceanographic Partnership Program Office to support NOAA and the Navy Office of Naval Research (ONR) in their role in jointly co-chairing the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) Federal Interagency Working Group (IWG).

October 12, 2022 0 Comments
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