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Earth has two different stratospheres, and aviation may be to blame

Earth has two different stratospheres, and aviation may be to blame

Findings of a new study of aerosols in the remote atmosphere finds that the northern stratosphere is significantlly more polluted than the south. Analysis of the aerosols suggests aviation is to blame. 

June 30, 2021 0 Comments
Study of wildfire plumes provide insights into methods that might cool the planet

Study of wildfire plumes provide insights into methods that might cool the planet

The dynamics that lift smoke from large wildfires into the upper atmosphere could potentially be employed one day to help temporarily cool the planet, based on the findings of a modeling study led by NOAA scientists. 

May 14, 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
Cooling effect of clouds generated by shipping overestimated, study says

Cooling effect of clouds generated by shipping overestimated, study says

New research indicates that man-made clouds formed along shipping routes dissipate too quickly to provide insight into the cooling effect of naturally occuring marine clouds.

January 29, 2021 0 Comments
NOAA's miniature aerosol instrument delivered to space

NOAA's miniature aerosol instrument delivered to space

A miniaturized aerosol spectrometer developed by scientists in NOAA’s Chemical Sciences Labotatory will be one of several insttuments making sure air in the living spaces of the International Space Station stays safe. 

October 8, 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 teaming up with Arizona firm to advance study of stratosphere

NOAA teaming up with Arizona firm to advance study of stratosphere

World View Enterprises has offered to carry a miniaturized NOAA instrument on its high-altitude balloon to capture measurements of atmospheric particles on a series of flights in 2021 that will last weeks and cover thousands of miles at altitudes above 55,000 feet. 

August 19, 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
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
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