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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
Report: Weather readiness depends on more than just a good forecast

Report: Weather readiness depends on more than just a good forecast

Catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey that led to more than 60 deaths and thousands of rescues showed again that an accurate NOAA forecast by itself is not enough to ensure people grasp the risks and make sound decisions that save lives and property.

November 2, 2017 0 Comments
Warm air helped make 2017 ozone hole smallest since 1988

Warm air helped make 2017 ozone hole smallest since 1988

Measurements from satellites this year showed the hole in Earth’s ozone layer that forms over Antarctica each September was the smallest observed since 1988, scientists from NASA and NOAA announced today. 

November 2, 2017 0 Comments
New 'atlas' reveals Earth's microscopic communities

New 'atlas' reveals Earth's microscopic communities

By Sierra Sarkis, NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

The planet is home to a vast number of microscopic living organisms - plants, animals, and bacteria- found from deep sea volcanoes to the highest mountain peaks. These organisms too small to be seen by the naked eye affect both human health and the health of the world’s ecosystems. Despite their centrality to life on Earth, scientists have a limited understanding of their fundamental structure. 

November 1, 2017 0 Comments
Sea Grant announces 93 million for aquaculture research and industry support

Sea Grant announces 93 million for aquaculture research and industry support

NOAA has announced 32 research grants totaling $9.3 million for projects around the country to further develop the nation’s marine and coastal aquaculture industry. 

October 31, 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
Why is it getting cloudier in the Arctic?

Why is it getting cloudier in the Arctic?

Editor’s note: This is the fifth dispatch from Jeremy Mathis, director of NOAA’s Arctic Research Program, who is leading a team of NOAA scientists on a research cruise in the Arctic aboard the USGCGS Healy. 

September 12, 2017 0 Comments
NOAA and partners launch deep-sea Atlantic expedition

NOAA and partners launch deep-sea Atlantic expedition

Follow along with NOAA's Ocean Explorer on a four-year effort with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management as scientists shed light on little-known natural resources of deep ocean canyons. 

September 12, 2017 0 Comments
NOAA takes virtual reality to another dimension

NOAA takes virtual reality to another dimension

Two years after the debut of Science On a Sphere ExplorerTM , NOAA’s design team has adapted gaming technology to incorporate virtual reality goggles into SOSx.
September 11, 2017 0 Comments
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