Editor's note: Air & Sea Chronicles, NOAA's blog series documenting the ATOMIC mission in Barbados, kicks off today with the first blog from Janet Intrieri, a research scientist from NOAA's Earth System Research Lab Physical Sciences Division, who reports on the first days of the mission aboard NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown.
Picture a calm, sunny day at a tropical beach. You look out at the ocean and in the distance a flotilla of small white clouds sails close to the waves. It’s ideal weather and typical of many days in the tropical Atlantic. However, scientists don’t fully understand how these ubiquitous clouds (a type of “shallow convective cloud”) form and impact the ocean, and it represents one of the largest uncertainties in predicting climate change.
Sometimes to understand the present, it takes looking to the past. That’s the approach coastal researchers, supported by the NOAA Climate Program Office Climate Observations and Monitoring (COM) Program, are taking to pinpoint the causes of extreme sea level changes.
In first-of-its-kind research, NOAA scientists and academic partners used 100 years of microscopic shells to show that the coastal waters off California are acidifying twice as fast as the global ocean average — with the seafood supply in the crosshairs.
New research by NOAA and a visiting scientist from India shows that warming of the Indo-Pacific Ocean is altering rainfall patterns from the tropics to the United States, contributing to declines in rainfall on the United States west and east coasts.
NOAA scientists Patricia Quinn, Ph.D., of the Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, and Leo Donner, Ph.D., of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab, were named today as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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?
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