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5 ways NOAA scientists are answering big questions about climate change

5 ways NOAA scientists are answering big questions about climate change

From warmer ocean temperatures to longer and more intense droughts and heat waves, climate change is affecting our entire planet. Scientists at NOAA have long worked to track, understand and predict how climate change is progressing and impacting ecosystems, communities and economies.

April 20, 2021 0 Comments
Giant Australian bushfire injected 1 million tons of smoke in the atmosphere

Giant Australian bushfire injected 1 million tons of smoke in the atmosphere

Massive high-altitude clouds of smoke warmed the Southern Hemisphere's stratospshere by about 1 degree Celsius for six months, and likely contributed to the large and persistent ozone hole that formed over Antarctica during the austral spring.

April 15, 2021 0 Comments
Government interventions rather than climate conditions primarily curb COVID-19’s spread

Government interventions rather than climate conditions primarily curb COVID-19’s spread

Government interventions, such as mask mandates and school closures, rather than meteorological factors appear to have primarily influenced COVID-19’s spread in 2020 and early 2021, according to a new report.

March 18, 2021 0 Comments
How NOAA Sea Grant helps communities increase their climate resilience

How NOAA Sea Grant helps communities increase their climate resilience

For Sea Grant, resilience is more than a buzzword. Sea Grant is involved in every aspect of climate resilience planning, from start to finish. 

March 10, 2021 0 Comments
Understanding the Arctic polar vortex

Understanding the Arctic polar vortex

In late February, as the Southern Plains and Gulf Coast suffered through an unusually strong blast of wintry weather, weather talk turned to the polar vortex and the possibility that the extreme cold was yet another example of weather-gone-wild due to global warming.

March 5, 2021 0 Comments
Is the Southern Ocean absorbing or emitting carbon dioxide?

Is the Southern Ocean absorbing or emitting carbon dioxide?

The answer is important for understanding how the Earth system is responding to climate change.

February 11, 2021 0 Comments
New Drought.gov a one-stop NOAA resource for all things drought

New Drought.gov a one-stop NOAA resource for all things drought

NIDIS, NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System, has launched a redesigned U.S. Drought Portal to better serve stakeholders, decisionmakers, the media, and the public. 

January 15, 2021 0 Comments
Congress reauthorizes law supporting partnerships to advance ocean science

Congress reauthorizes law supporting partnerships to advance ocean science

Congress voted on January 1, 2021 to reauthorize and strengthen the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, a 23-year old program created by Congress to facilitate ocean-related partnerships between federal agencies, academia and industry to advance ocean science research and education.The reauthorization passed Congress as an amendment included in Section 1055 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021

January 13, 2021 0 Comments
A warm pool in the Indo-Pacific Ocean has almost doubled in size, changing global rainfall patterns

A warm pool in the Indo-Pacific Ocean has almost doubled in size, changing global rainfall patterns

Due to human-caused climate change, our planet’s ocean has been heating up at a rate of 0.6 degrees C (0.11 degrees F) per decade over the past century. But this warming isn’t uniform.

December 4, 2020 0 Comments
How will climate change change El Niño and La Niña?

How will climate change change El Niño and La Niña?

A new book published by the American Geophysical Union provides first detailed examination of how climate change may influence El Niño and La Niña.

November 9, 2020 0 Comments
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