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NOAA Research's top 5 stories from 2021

NOAA Research's top 5 stories from 2021

Spectacular footage from inside a hurricane; a major ocean mapping milestone; new insights on the continued impacts of climate change, and much more  -- 2021 was a busy year for NOAA Research. As the year draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at a few of our biggest research stories of the last 12 months.

December 14, 2021 0 Comments
Arctic Report Card: Climate change transforming Arctic into ‘dramatically different state’

Arctic Report Card: Climate change transforming Arctic into ‘dramatically different state’

NOAA’s 2021 Arctic Report Card documents the numerous ways that climate change continues to fundamentally alter this once reliably-frozen region, as increasing heat and the loss of ice drive its transformation into a warmer, less frozen and more uncertain future. 

December 14, 2021 0 Comments
Southern Ocean confirmed as strong carbon dioxide sink

Southern Ocean confirmed as strong carbon dioxide sink

A new study published this week in the journal Science estimates the Southern Ocean absorbs 550 million tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere per year, confirming its role as a significant carbon sink.

December 3, 2021 0 Comments
NOAA is looking for small businesses with big ideas

NOAA is looking for small businesses with big ideas

NOAA has a new funding opportunity for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, and it's looking for small businesses that are using innovative technology to tackle climate change, ocean health, weather and more. 

 

November 18, 2021 0 Comments
NOAA seeks applicants for 2022 urban heat island initiative

NOAA seeks applicants for 2022 urban heat island initiative

The campaigns involving community members and scientists will work to map the hottest areas of their communities to learn where action is needed to protect vulnerable populations now and in the future. 

November 17, 2021 0 Comments
Monitoring the atmosphere at the U.S.'s northernmost tip

Monitoring the atmosphere at the U.S.'s northernmost tip

For nearly 50 years, NOAA’s Barrow Atmospheric Baseline Observatory has provided a window on the world, producing a record of changes that have a profound global reach.

November 16, 2021 0 Comments
Why NOAA tracks water levels in the Great Lakes

Why NOAA tracks water levels in the Great Lakes

Millions of people rely on the Great Lakes for recreation, industry, and drinking water, and changing water levels can have positive or negative impacts on industries like tourism and transportation in the region. 

November 16, 2021 0 Comments
Atmospheric carbon dioxide rebounds as global pollution rates approach pre-Covid levels

Atmospheric carbon dioxide rebounds as global pollution rates approach pre-Covid levels

November 5, 2021 0 Comments
Meet Ko Barrett: NOAA's senior advisor for climate and IPCC vice-chair

Meet Ko Barrett: NOAA's senior advisor for climate and IPCC vice-chair

At the end of October, a small team of NOAA experts traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to attend the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), an international summit aimed at accelerating climate action across the globe. 

November 1, 2021 0 Comments
Urban areas across the U.S. are undercounting methane emissions, a new study shows

Urban areas across the U.S. are undercounting methane emissions, a new study shows

An eight-year study of Boston’s natural gas system has revealed that emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, are significantly higher than previously estimated.

October 28, 2021 0 Comments
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