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NOAA Research's top 5 stories from 2021

NOAA Research's top 5 stories from 2021

Spectacular footage from inside a hurricane; a major ocean mapping milestone; new insights on the continued impacts of climate change, and much more  -- 2021 was a busy year for NOAA Research. As the year draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at a few of our biggest research stories of the last 12 months.

December 14, 2021 0 Comments
Atmospheric carbon dioxide rebounds as global pollution rates approach pre-Covid levels

Atmospheric carbon dioxide rebounds as global pollution rates approach pre-Covid levels

November 5, 2021 0 Comments
Meet Ko Barrett: NOAA's senior advisor for climate and IPCC vice-chair

Meet Ko Barrett: NOAA's senior advisor for climate and IPCC vice-chair

At the end of October, a small team of NOAA experts traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to attend the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), an international summit aimed at accelerating climate action across the globe. 

November 1, 2021 0 Comments
NOAA, Climate Resilience Fund team up to accelerate U.S. climate resilience

NOAA, Climate Resilience Fund team up to accelerate U.S. climate resilience

NOAA and the Climate Resilience Fund (CRF) announced on October 22, 2021, the results of its 2021 competitive grants program supporting projects that will help U.S. communities build resilience to the impacts of climate change.

October 22, 2021 0 Comments
Researchers head to the mountains to improve weather and water forecasting tools

Researchers head to the mountains to improve weather and water forecasting tools

A new NOAA-led study of precipitation high in the Colorado Rockies aims to give water managers better forecasts for runoff in the critically important Colorado River Basin. 

October 20, 2021 0 Comments
New research helps crack the mystery of clouds to improve climate prediction

New research helps crack the mystery of clouds to improve climate prediction

NOAA and partner research on clouds and air-sea interactions will help improve a new generation of models that predict our weather and climate, according to a new summary article that is part of a special issue of the open access journal Earth System Science Data

August 25, 2021 0 Comments
NOAA scientist Vaishali Naik plays a leading role in international climate assessment

NOAA scientist Vaishali Naik plays a leading role in international climate assessment

“I wanted to do something related to the environment,” Naik said. “It became clear to me during my studies that pollutants are not just harmful for human health, but they also impact the climate.”

August 9, 2021 0 Comments
Human activities responsible for rapid increase in Earth's heat

Human activities responsible for rapid increase in Earth's heat

A new study by Princeton University and NOAA researchers has found clear evidence of human influence on Earth’s climate in the past two decades of satellite measurements. “Human activity strongly influenced the positive trend in Earth's energy imbalance, causing a significant increase in the heat stored in the planet,” said Shiv Priyam Raghuraman, the lead researcher on the study. 

July 28, 2021 0 Comments
Preliminary analysis concludes Pacific Northwest heat wave was a 1,000-year event…hopefully

Preliminary analysis concludes Pacific Northwest heat wave was a 1,000-year event…hopefully

If the preliminary results are correct, they mean that the heat wave would have been at least 150 times rarer before global warming.

July 22, 2021 0 Comments
Deforestation, warming flip part of Amazon forest from carbon sink to source

Deforestation, warming flip part of Amazon forest from carbon sink to source

New results from a nine-year research project in the eastern Amazon rainforest finds that significant deforestation in eastern and southeastern Brazil turned what was once a forest that absorbed carbon dioxide into a source of planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions.

July 14, 2021 0 Comments
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