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Rural West sees more smog; now scientists may know why

Rural West sees more smog; now scientists may know why

Ground-level ozone, also known as smog, has climbed in the rural West over the past 25 years, even in such seemingly pristine places as Yellowstone National Park. Now, scientists may have found out why – and why cutting our own output of smog-forming chemicals such as nitrogen oxide hasn’t helped.
March 1, 2017 0 Comments
Meet Désirée Tommasi: Pioneer in new field of fish forecasting

Meet Désirée Tommasi: Pioneer in new field of fish forecasting

Long known for weather forecasting and climate prediction, NOAA is pioneering a new type of forecasting -- fish forecasting.  Meet Désirée Tommasi, Ph.D., a young oceanographer working at  NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, N.J. who has just published research about forecasting the Pacific sardine, one of the nation’s most storied fish, made famous by John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.

February 21, 2017 0 Comments
Climate change to shift global pattern of mild weather

Climate change to shift global pattern of mild weather

As scientists work to predict how climate change may affect hurricanes, droughts, floods, blizzards and other severe weather, there’s one area that’s been overlooked: mild weather. But no more.

January 18, 2017 0 Comments
Study finds fossil fuel methane emissions greater than previously estimated

Study finds fossil fuel methane emissions greater than previously estimated

Methane emissions from fossil fuel development around the world are up to 60 percent greater than estimated by previous studies, according to new research led by scientists from NOAA and CIRES. The study found that fossil fuel activities contribute between 132 million and 165 million tons of the 623 million tons of methane emitted by all sources every year. That’s about 20 to 25 percent of total global methane emissions, and 20 to 60 percent more than previous studies estimated.


October 5, 2016 0 Comments
Carbon dioxide levels race past troubling milestone

Carbon dioxide levels race past troubling milestone

Carbon dioxide  levels in the Earth’s atmosphere passed a troubling milestone for good this summer, locking in levels of the heat-trapping gas not seen for millions of years.


October 3, 2016 0 Comments
NOAA awards $44 million for climate research to improve community resilience

NOAA awards $44 million for climate research to improve community resilience

NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) has awarded $44.34 million for 73 new projects designed to help advance the understanding, modeling, and prediction of Earth’s climate system and to foster effective decision making. 

October 3, 2016 0 Comments
New tool helps urban communities build resilience to climate change

New tool helps urban communities build resilience to climate change

Our nation’s city planners, and business and community leaders have been grappling with weather- and climate-related impacts for decades. Now they have a set of tools to help them plan and prepare: The Built Environment section of the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit is designed to help address a wide range of risks facing cities and towns.
September 30, 2016 0 Comments
Climate change increased chances of record rains in Louisiana by at least 40 percent

Climate change increased chances of record rains in Louisiana by at least 40 percent

Human-caused climate warming increased the chances of the torrential rains that unleashed devastating floods in south Louisiana in mid August by at least 40 percent, according to a team of NOAA and partner scientists with World Weather Attribution (WWA) who conducted a rapid assessment of the role of climate on the historic heavy rain event. 

September 7, 2016 0 Comments
How NOAA team created new engine to improve global weather forecast model

How NOAA team created new engine to improve global weather forecast model

Meet Shian-Jiann Lin, Ph.D., the leader of the team at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory that created the new dynamic core that NOAA announced this week will be used to develop a state-of-the-art global weather forecasting model over the next three years. 

July 28, 2016 0 Comments
Climate change in your county: Plan ahead with a new NOAA tool

Climate change in your county: Plan ahead with a new NOAA tool

Residents, communities and businesses now have easy access to climate projections, through a few easy keystrokes, for every county in the contiguous United States.  


July 27, 2016 0 Comments
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