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Historic firestorm illustrates some of the ways NOAA responds when disaster strikes

Historic firestorm illustrates some of the ways NOAA responds when disaster strikes

On December 30, 2021, a combination of long-term drought and hurricane-force winds set the stage for what would become the most destructive fire in Colorado history in terms of property loss. 

February 16, 2022 0 Comments
Study: Natural hazards compound Covid-19 impacts disproportionately on businesses run by minorities, women and vets

Study: Natural hazards compound Covid-19 impacts disproportionately on businesses run by minorities, women and vets

Editor’s note: This story was adapted from the news release issued by NIST

By many measures, 2020 — a year dominated by an emerging pandemic and overrun with natural disasters — was bad for business. A multitude of variables affected the ability of businesses to adapt, but according to new research, socio-economic vulnerabilities intensified impacts on small businesses.

A study by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed that businesses run by minorities, women and veterans, were dealt a much worse hand by the pandemic than other businesses. What’s more, the team saw that these businesses reported harsher downturns from COVID-19 alone than even other small businesses that were struck by natural disasters on top of COVID-19.

February 14, 2022 0 Comments
Super Bowl brings fans, parties, and forecasters

Super Bowl brings fans, parties, and forecasters

When Super Bowl LVI kicks off at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on February 13, a nearby command center operated by emergency managers will include NOAA experts.

February 11, 2022 0 Comments
Expedition reveals deep insights into the Arctic of tomorrow

Expedition reveals deep insights into the Arctic of tomorrow

Two years ago, hundreds of international scientists set off on the one-year MOSAiC expedition, collecting unprecedented environmental datasets over a full annual cycle in the Central Arctic Ocean. Now, the team's findings are starting to be published. 

February 7, 2022 0 Comments
Sediments a likely culprit in spread of deadly disease on Florida coral reefs, study finds

Sediments a likely culprit in spread of deadly disease on Florida coral reefs, study finds

A new study found that seafloor sediments have the potential to transmit a deadly pathogen to local corals and hypothesizes that sediments have played a role in the persistence of a devastating coral disease outbreak throughout Florida and the Caribbean. 

January 25, 2022 0 Comments
Eruption provides rare opportunity to study volcanic gas and ash injected into the stratosphere

Eruption provides rare opportunity to study volcanic gas and ash injected into the stratosphere

Scientists are traveling to La Reunion to intercept the plume from the Tonga volcano eruption.

January 24, 2022 0 Comments
Understanding a unique tsunami event caused by the Tonga volcano eruption

Understanding a unique tsunami event caused by the Tonga volcano eruption

Two Saildrones were approximately 3,500 nautical miles away when the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted off the coast of Tonga on January 15, capturing key data on the major eruption.

January 24, 2022 0 Comments
Scientists recommend a system of checkpoints to help guide climate engineering research

Scientists recommend a system of checkpoints to help guide climate engineering research

As research into engineering techniques that might one day be employed to artificially cool the planet advances, some scientists are calling for adoption of an oversight framework to guide what to study... and when to stop. 

January 20, 2022 0 Comments
Ocean Exploration education grants to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion announced

Ocean Exploration education grants to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion announced

NOAA Ocean Exploration and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation  have awarded seven education grants to help engage and inspire the next generation of ocean explorers by supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEI&A) efforts related to ocean literacy, stewardship, and workforce development.

January 20, 2022 0 Comments
Air pollution from wildfires, rising heat affected two-thirds of U.S. West

Air pollution from wildfires, rising heat affected two-thirds of U.S. West

Large wildfires and severe heat events are happening more often at the same time, worsening air pollution across the western United States, according to a new study led by Washington State University, with CIRES and NOAA’s Global Systems Laboratory. 

January 14, 2022 0 Comments
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