Abnormal weather patterns in the upper atmosphere over Antarctica dramatically limited
ozone depletion in September and October, resulting in the smallest ozone hole observed since
1982, NASA and NOAA scientists reported today.
Record cold and record warm temperatures across the planet can cause major and widespread impacts to life and property. But how frequent are these extreme temperature events? How do the frequencies of record warm events and record cold events compare, and have their relative frequencies changed over time?
Our planet has been baking under the sun this summer as temperatures reached the hottest ever recorded and heat waves spread across the globe. While the climate continues to warm, scientists expect the frequency and intensity of heat waves to increase. However, a commonly overlooked aspect is the spatial size of heat waves, despite its important implications.
NOAA's SOS Explorer Mobile, an app for personal mobile devices, tells earth science stories by playing visually stunning movies on a virtual globe.
President Trump has named five NOAA Research scientists among 314 federally-supported scientists as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). They join three other NOAA scientists who will receive the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their research careers and show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.
NOAA is asking the general public and our stakeholders for comments on a new draft plan that outlines agency priorities for research and development from 2020 to 2026.
Findings could help improve air quality in cities across the U.S. West.
Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) - or "NOAA Research" - provides the research foundation for understanding the complex systems that support our planet. Working in partnership with other organizational units of the NOAA, a bureau of the Department of Commerce, NOAA Research enables better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters, and a greater understanding of the Earth. Our role is to provide unbiased science to better manage the environment, nationally, and globally.