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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
This solar geoengineering idea has a Goldilocks problem

This solar geoengineering idea has a Goldilocks problem

Marine cloud brightening, a geoengineering approach to cooling the surface of the Earth by increasing the reflectivity of marine clouds, may be more difficult to execute than anticipated, according to a new NOAA study. 

October 13, 2021 0 Comments
NOAA’s new uncrewed glider poised to help vastly increase high-altitude research

NOAA’s new uncrewed glider poised to help vastly increase high-altitude research

NOAA scientists are testing a reliable, low-tech, uncrewed glider that can return a small payload of scientific instruments from the stratosperhere to a pre-determined landing spot, potentially opening up vast new reaches of the atmosphere to scientific investigation. 

October 7, 2021 0 Comments
A new way to measure how Arctic plant communities respond to climate change

A new way to measure how Arctic plant communities respond to climate change

NOAA scientists have devised a new way to monitor how Arctic plants and soil are responding to increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. 

August 16, 2021 0 Comments
Fragrant consumer products a key source of ozone-forming pollution in New York City

Fragrant consumer products a key source of ozone-forming pollution in New York City

New research from NOAA finds that fragrant personal care products - the stuff that makes you smell good - are now responsible for a significant amount of the ozone pollution known as smog that plagues major urban areas.

August 3, 2021 0 Comments
Low-oxygen waters off Washington, Oregon coasts risk becoming large 'dead zones'

Low-oxygen waters off Washington, Oregon coasts risk becoming large 'dead zones'

A large area of poorly oxygenated water is growing off the coast of Washington and Oregon. Scientists say oxygen levels may fall low enough to create "dead zones." 

July 21, 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
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
New analysis shows microbial sources fueling rise of atmospheric methane

New analysis shows microbial sources fueling rise of atmospheric methane

The sudden and sustained risesine 2007  in atmospheric levels of the potent greenhouse gas methane has posed one of the most significant and pressing questions in climate research: Where is it coming from?

June 17, 2021 0 Comments
Joint NASA, NOAA study finds Earth's energy imbalance has doubled

Joint NASA, NOAA study finds Earth's energy imbalance has doubled

Two independent types of measurements show a strong warming trend during the 14-year period from 2005 to 2019.

June 15, 2021 0 Comments
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