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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
Frigid Arctic air outbreaks may be predictable, new research suggests

Frigid Arctic air outbreaks may be predictable, new research suggests

Known for precipitating outbreaks of Arctic air, stratospheric events in polar regions often cause other kinds of extreme weather. Since the stratosphere takes a long time to recover after these events, scientists may be able to improve predictability of extreme weather weeks ahead of time.

January 28, 2021 0 Comments
Acidification impedes shell development of plankton off the U.S. West Coast

Acidification impedes shell development of plankton off the U.S. West Coast

Results from a 2016 research cruise show ocean acidification has interfered with shell development of zooplankton that are a critical part of the marine food web.

January 19, 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
The amazing research resume of the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh Model

The amazing research resume of the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh Model

From its inception as an experiment to improve forecasts for aviation, to its transition of its final update to NOAA National Weather Service operations, the Global Systems Laboratory’s pioneering High-Resolution Rapid Refresh weather model established a remarkable resume of research accomplishments. 

January 14, 2021 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
High-resolution snow projections developed to inform wolverine conservation

High-resolution snow projections developed to inform wolverine conservation

A new, fine-scale modeling approach developed by NOAA and CIRES scientists now projects that there will still be enough high-elevation snow by the middle of the 21st Century to support - according to federal biologists - the denning habits of one iconic North American mountain-dweller, the wolverine. 

October 13, 2020 0 Comments
Lawns provide surprising contribution to L.A. Basin’s carbon emissions

Lawns provide surprising contribution to L.A. Basin’s carbon emissions

Understanding the biologic contribution of CO2  to megacities' overall carbon emissions will be important for designing and evaluating mitigation strategies.

October 12, 2020 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
Aviation is responsible for 3.5 percent of climate change, study finds

Aviation is responsible for 3.5 percent of climate change, study finds

The study evaluated all of the aviation industry’s contributing factors to climate change, including emissions of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide, and the effect of contrails and contrail cirrus – short-lived clouds created in jet engine exhaust plumes at aircraft cruise altitudes that reflect sunlight during the day and trap heat trying to escape at night. 

September 3, 2020 0 Comments
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