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US methane “hotspot” is snapshot of local pollution

US methane “hotspot” is snapshot of local pollution

The giant methane cloud spotted by satellite over the U.S. Southwest that made national headlines in 2014 wasn’t a persistent, undiscovered “hotspot” as first thought, but the result of a nightly atmospheric condition and topography that trapped industrial and natural emissions of the potent greenhouse gas near the ground in the basin overnight, according to new research published in the journal Elementa by CIRES and NOAA.

November 24, 2020 0 Comments
When smoke is in the air, all eyes turn to this NOAA weather model

When smoke is in the air, all eyes turn to this NOAA weather model

NOAA's HRRR-Smoke model may still be designated as experimental, but when wildfires are burning, many count on it for smoke forecasts.

August 26, 2020 0 Comments
NOAA experimental model predicts smoke movement from California fire

NOAA experimental model predicts smoke movement from California fire

August 5, 2020 0 Comments
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
The Saharan Air Layer: What is it? Why does NOAA track it?

The Saharan Air Layer: What is it? Why does NOAA track it?

June 24, 2020 0 Comments
A new look at old smoke finds it has an important role in regulating the climate

A new look at old smoke finds it has an important role in regulating the climate

A NOAA study published in Nature Geosciences takes a new look at faint, old smoke and finds that it is just as important an influence on the climate as the thick plumes produced by active fires. 

June 2, 2020 0 Comments
NOAA exploring impact of COVID-19 response on the environment

NOAA exploring impact of COVID-19 response on the environment

NOAA has launched a wide-ranging research effort to investigate the impact of reduced vehicle traffic, air travel, shipping, manufacturing and other activities on Earth’s atmosphere and oceans due to the response to COVID-19.

May 6, 2020 0 Comments
NOAA Science Report highlights 2019 research accomplishments

NOAA Science Report highlights 2019 research accomplishments

March 3, 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
Soot from massive 2017 fire clouds persisted in stratosphere for months

Soot from massive 2017 fire clouds persisted in stratosphere for months

A sooty cloud generated by a 2017 firestorm provided an ideal opportunity for researchers to test a climate model that simulated the lifetime of that soot in the stratosphere.

August 8, 2019 0 Comments
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