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NOAA Science Report highlights 2017 research accomplishments

NOAA Science Report highlights 2017 research accomplishments

The NOAA Annual Science Report provides an overview of the agency’s research portfolio, and highlights a selection of NOAA’s Research and Development accomplishments. NOAA research aided emergency response efforts across the country in 2017, from wildfires in the western United States to hurricanes in east, advanced weather forecasting, improved fisheries management, and helped improve aquaculture production.

March 9, 2018 0 Comments
Unique collaboration works to extend sea ice prediction from days to decades

Unique collaboration works to extend sea ice prediction from days to decades

For more than two decades, Elizabeth Hunke has worked at the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory to design, create and improve a model used to predict sea ice extent, thickness and movement in both the Arctic and Antarctica. From the beginning, Hunke understood that collaboration was the key to improving this model. At a time when sea ice prediction is needed more than ever, NOAA, the Navy and other agencies are working together to extend sea ice prediction from days to decades.

February 15, 2018 0 Comments
Snapping shrimp may ring 'dinner bell' for gray whales off the Oregon coast

Snapping shrimp may ring 'dinner bell' for gray whales off the Oregon coast

Editor's note: The following story is adapted from a news article released by the American Geophysical Union on February 13, 2018.

PORTLAND — Scientists have for the first time captured the sounds of snapping shrimp off the Oregon coast and think the loud crackling from the snapping of their claws may serve as a dinner bell for eastern Pacific gray whales, according to new research by NOAA and Oregon State University presented here today. 

February 12, 2018 0 Comments
NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown sets sail to boost ocean data for weather prediction

NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown sets sail to boost ocean data for weather prediction

NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown steamed out of Charleston, South Carolina, on February 15, 2018, for a multi-stage trip around the world to improve ocean data that informs US and global weather prediction.

February 10, 2018 0 Comments
Research plays vital role during relentless hurricane season

Research plays vital role during relentless hurricane season

In one of our nation’s most relentless hurricane seasons, NOAA research scientists were on the front lines of gathering key data used to help produce forecasts that saved lives and protected property. They also worked behind the scenes pushing the frontiers of weather forecasting skill in storm track, wind speeds and rainfall amounts by running and refining experimental forecast models for the future. And they tested new drones in air and water to assess their ability to gather data that can improve hurricane prediction. 

November 30, 2017 0 Comments
Designing the climate observing system of the future

Designing the climate observing system of the future

A new study suggests that targeted investments in expanding climate observing systems could return trillions of dollars in benefits in the decades to come. 

November 8, 2017 0 Comments
New research: Forests minimize severe heat waves

New research: Forests minimize severe heat waves

Extensive, mature forest cover can mitigate the impact of severe heat waves, droughts and other weather extremes over large regions, according to new NOAA research published in the journal Nature Communications.

October 23, 2017 0 Comments
NOAA observing buoys validate findings from NASA’s new satellite for measuring carbon dioxide

NOAA observing buoys validate findings from NASA’s new satellite for measuring carbon dioxide

The strong El Niño event of 2015-2016 provided NASA and NOAA an unprecedented opportunity to test the effectiveness of the newest observation tool to measure global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations -- NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite or OCO-2. 

October 12, 2017 0 Comments
Research finds spike in dust storms in American Southwest driven by ocean changes

Research finds spike in dust storms in American Southwest driven by ocean changes

People living in the American Southwest have experienced a dramatic increase in windblown dust storms in the last two decades, likely driven by large-scale changes in sea surface temperature in the Pacific Ocean drying the region’s soil, according to new NOAA-led research.

May 10, 2017 0 Comments
Unmanned aircraft readies to sample Atlantic hurricanes

Unmanned aircraft readies to sample Atlantic hurricanes

The NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft touched down Friday morning at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on the Virginia coast where NOAA and NASA scientists are preparing it for flights over Atlantic hurricanes.

 
August 19, 2016 0 Comments
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