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Like butter: Study explains surprising acceleration of Greenland’s inland ice

Like butter: Study explains surprising acceleration of Greenland’s inland ice

Surface meltwater draining through cracks in an ice sheet can warm the sheet from the inside, softening the ice and letting it flow faster, according to a new study. During the last decade, researchers have captured compelling evidence of accelerating ice flow at terminal regions, or “snouts,” of Greenland glaciers as they flow into the ocean along the western coast.
July 16, 2013 0 Comments
NOAA real-time beach and water quality data now available for Lake St. Clair

NOAA real-time beach and water quality data now available for Lake St. Clair

Independence Day is right around the corner, and Michigan's Lake St. Clair residents and tourists are gearing up for a holiday weekend filled with fishing, swimming and boating activities. Beach managers can now view NOAA water quality predictions in real-time, instead of waiting 24 hours as before, to make timely decisions to safeguard public health and avoid unnecessary beach closures.

July 2, 2013 0 Comments
Clearing up confusion on future of Colorado River flows

Clearing up confusion on future of Colorado River flows

The Colorado River provides water for more than 30 million people. Increasing demand for that water combined with reduced flow and the looming threat of climate change have prompted concern about how to manage the basin’s water in coming decades. NOAA-funded researchers at the University of Washington and co-authors at eight institutions across the West aim to explain this wide range, and provide policymakers and the public with a framework for comparison.

July 1, 2013 0 Comments
Scientists working to crack key air quality and climate mysteries in U.S. Southeast

Scientists working to crack key air quality and climate mysteries in U.S. Southeast

Scientists this summer are taking one of the most detailed looks ever at the natural and manmade emissions that affect air quality in the Southeast, and their movement and chemical transformations within the atmosphere. The mission should help scientists determine the origin of the fine particles and how they contribute to the haziness in the region and affect regional air quality and temperature trends.

June 19, 2013 0 Comments
Los Angeles air pollution declining, losing its sting

Los Angeles air pollution declining, losing its sting

The cleanup of California’s tailpipe emissions over the last few decades has not only reduced ozone pollution in the Los Angeles area, it has also altered the pollution chemistry in the atmosphere, making the eye-stinging “organic nitrate” component of air pollution plummet, according to a new study.

June 4, 2013 0 Comments
Mystery solved: "Extra” methane in LA's air traced to fossil-fuel sources

Mystery solved: "Extra” methane in LA's air traced to fossil-fuel sources

A new study, led by NOAA and its Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, used a novel approach to trace methane in the Los Angeles basin back to its sources, and found that "extra" methane is likely coming from sources related to fossil fuels.

May 14, 2013 0 Comments
The origins of cirrus: Earth’s highest clouds have dusty core

The origins of cirrus: Earth’s highest clouds have dusty core

Scientists have found that wispy cirrus clouds have cores of dust and metallic particles, answering questions about how these clouds form and giving insight into their climatic implications in the future.

May 9, 2013 0 Comments
New study: Pace of climate zone shifts quickens as climate warms

New study: Pace of climate zone shifts quickens as climate warms

As our planet is warming, not only have Earth’s climate zones begun to shift – the pace of change is expected to accelerate, according to a new study led by the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado.

April 22, 2013 0 Comments
New NOAA experimental tool offers customizable views of Great Lakes water level data

New NOAA experimental tool offers customizable views of Great Lakes water level data

The new NOAA Great Lakes Water Level Dashboard presented this week at the American Geophysical Union annual fall meeting this week offers interactive displays of water level data for the North American Great Lakes.
December 3, 2012 0 Comments
Texas heat wave of 2011 largely caused by drought, ocean temperatures, says NOAA-led study

Texas heat wave of 2011 largely caused by drought, ocean temperatures, says NOAA-led study

A new NOAA study finds that La Niña-related sea-surface temperature conditions were the most important factor leading to the drying out in Texas and the U.S. Southern Plains last year.
November 15, 2012 0 Comments
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