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New NOAA study suggests Great Plains may not suffer semi-permanent Dust Bowl as climate changes

New NOAA study suggests Great Plains may not suffer semi-permanent Dust Bowl as climate changes

A new NOAA study explores the reasons behind diverging views on future Great Plains drought. The good news is that it will probably not be as dire as some earlier studies suggest.

October 25, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA, National Archives team up with citizen-scientists to reconstruct historical climate of the Arctic

NOAA, National Archives team up with citizen-scientists to reconstruct historical climate of the Arctic

Before satellites, weather data transmitters, or computers, there were the ship's logs of Arctic sea voyages. A new crowdsourcing effort could make the weather data from these ship logs available to climate scientists worldwide.

October 24, 2012 0 Comments
Scientists show climate patterns may influence extreme U.S. tornado seasons

Scientists show climate patterns may influence extreme U.S. tornado seasons

NOAA and university researchers believe they have found a climate signal related to a specific phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation that could be linked to, and possibly serve as a predictor of, massive tornado outbreaks.

October 15, 2012 0 Comments
Magnifying Smoke

Magnifying Smoke

A new study directly measures the heat-trapping effect of wildfires during an actual wildfire that burned near Boulder, Colo., in 2010.

August 27, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA, partners: Earth’s oceans and ecosystems still absorbing about half the greenhouse gases emitted by people

NOAA, partners: Earth’s oceans and ecosystems still absorbing about half the greenhouse gases emitted by people

Earth’s oceans, forests and other ecosystems continue to soak up about half the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by human activities, even as those emissions have increased, according to a study by University of Colorado and NOAA scientists published today in the journal Nature.

August 1, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA research on South Asian monsoon honored by World Meteorological Organization

NOAA research on South Asian monsoon honored by World Meteorological Organization

A 2011 NOAA research paper that tied weaker South Asian summer monsoons to human activities has won the World Meteorological Organization’s Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award for 2013.

July 31, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA: Carbon dioxide levels reach milestone at Arctic sites

NOAA: Carbon dioxide levels reach milestone at Arctic sites

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of Barrow, Alaska, has reached a new milestone this spring, according to NOAA measurements.

May 31, 2012 0 Comments
New Bering Sea research reveals how changing ecosystem impacts America's most valuable fisheries

New Bering Sea research reveals how changing ecosystem impacts America's most valuable fisheries

Bering Sea marine mammals, birds, and fish are shifting where they eat, bear their young, and make their homes in response to changes in sea ice extent and duration.

May 30, 2012 0 Comments
A sea change in the Arctic atmosphere

A sea change in the Arctic atmosphere

Arctic warming has thinned springtime sea ice across the Arctic Ocean. A new study shows that this alters the chemistry of the atmosphere near the Earth’s surface and may increase the amount of toxic mercury contaminating the region.

May 23, 2012 0 Comments
Students win chance to launch a NOAA global ocean drifter for Earth Day

Students win chance to launch a NOAA global ocean drifter for Earth Day

Middle and high school students in six cities across America have won the chance to deploy a NOAA global ocean drifter for Earth Day, earning the opportunity to launch a small 44-pound floating buoy into an ocean current.

April 18, 2012 0 Comments
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