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Target: Hurricanes

Target: Hurricanes

Researchers from NASA, NOAA, the National Center for Atmospheric Research and others are launching a three-year mission to better understand what makes hurricanes intensify or weaken, and what factors steer the destructive storms.

September 11, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA, partners find increase in airborne ethanol

NOAA, partners find increase in airborne ethanol

Ethanol, now used commonly in U.S. transportation fuels, is turning up in urban air at more than six times the levels measured a decade ago, according to a new study by a team of NOAA researchers and colleagues.

August 9, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA, partners find 50-year decline in some Los Angeles vehicle-related pollutants

NOAA, partners find 50-year decline in some Los Angeles vehicle-related pollutants

In California’s Los Angeles Basin, levels of some vehicle-related air pollutants have decreased by about 98 percent since the 1960s, even as area residents now burn three times as much gasoline and diesel fuel.

August 8, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA, partners: Earth’s oceans and ecosystems still absorbing about half the greenhouse gases emitted by people

NOAA, partners: Earth’s oceans and ecosystems still absorbing about half the greenhouse gases emitted by people

Earth’s oceans, forests and other ecosystems continue to soak up about half the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by human activities, even as those emissions have increased, according to a study by University of Colorado and NOAA scientists published today in the journal Nature.

August 1, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA: Carbon dioxide levels reach milestone at Arctic sites

NOAA: Carbon dioxide levels reach milestone at Arctic sites

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of Barrow, Alaska, has reached a new milestone this spring, according to NOAA measurements.

May 31, 2012 0 Comments
A sea change in the Arctic atmosphere

A sea change in the Arctic atmosphere

Arctic warming has thinned springtime sea ice across the Arctic Ocean. A new study shows that this alters the chemistry of the atmosphere near the Earth’s surface and may increase the amount of toxic mercury contaminating the region.

May 23, 2012 0 Comments
Introducing EMILY and other innovations to improve hurricane forecasts

Introducing EMILY and other innovations to improve hurricane forecasts

NOAA researchers will be using several innovative tools, techniques, and research results during the 2012 hurricane season to continue to improve hurricane forecasting. Read our 2012 hurricane research news briefs to learn more.

May 17, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA, partners kick off multi-state study of how thunderstorms affect upper atmosphere

NOAA, partners kick off multi-state study of how thunderstorms affect upper atmosphere

Today marks the beginning of a large-scale, comprehensive field project to measure how thunderstorms transport, produce and process chemicals that form ozone, a greenhouse gas that affects Earth's climate, air quality and weather patterns.

May 15, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA near-term weather forecasts get powerful boost from new computer model

NOAA near-term weather forecasts get powerful boost from new computer model

Starting today, NOAA is using a sophisticated new weather forecast computer model to improve predictions of quickly developing severe weather events including thunderstorms, winter storms and aviation hazards such as clear air turbulence.

May 1, 2012 0 Comments
Smoking out an air pollutant’s hot spots

Smoking out an air pollutant’s hot spots

A smoke-related chemical, isocyanic acid, may be a significant air pollutant in some parts of the world, especially where forest fires and other forms of biomass burning are common.

April 30, 2012 0 Comments
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