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NOAA invests $4.5 million to improve ocean observations for weather and climate prediction

NOAA invests $4.5 million to improve ocean observations for weather and climate prediction

NOAA’s Climate Program Office announced today that it is investing $4.5 million in four projects to test technology designed to improve the Tropical Pacific Observing System, an array of buoys in the tropical Pacific used to better understand El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), how it develops, and how it affects Earth’s weather.

June 8, 2016 0 Comments
New study: Sea ice loss likely no factor in cold Northern Hemisphere winters

New study: Sea ice loss likely no factor in cold Northern Hemisphere winters

The rapid loss of Arctic sea ice is a major driver of the warming trend sweeping across the Arctic in recent  years, but melting sea ice is probably not behind recent cold winters in parts of Europe, Asia, and the United States, according to a new NOAA study.
May 31, 2016 0 Comments
Arctic set for record-breaking melt this summer

Arctic set for record-breaking melt this summer

The record heat baking Alaska is poised to smash a host of climate records in 2016, including the earliest snowmelt date at NOAA’s Barrow Observatory, the northernmost point in the nation.


May 20, 2016 0 Comments
Warming due to carbon dioxide jumped by half in 25 years

Warming due to carbon dioxide jumped by half in 25 years

Human activity  has increased the direct warming effect of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere by 50 percent above pre-industrial levels during the past 25 years, according to NOAA's 10th Annual Greenhouse Gas Index .


May 18, 2016 0 Comments
North Dakota’s Bakken oil and gas field leaking 275,000 tons of methane per year

North Dakota’s Bakken oil and gas field leaking 275,000 tons of methane per year

The Bakken oil and gas field is leaking a lot of methane, but less than some satellites report, and less than the latest Environmental Protection Agency inventory for petroleum systems, according to the researchers’ calculations. That's the finding of the first field study measuring emissions of this potent greenhouse gas from the Bakken, which spans parts of North Dakota and Montana. The work was published today in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres

May 11, 2016 0 Comments
Leftover warm water in Pacific Ocean fueled massive El Niño

Leftover warm water in Pacific Ocean fueled massive El Niño

Editor's note: The American Geophysical Union wrote the following release on new NOAA research publishing in Geophysical Research Letters.

A new study by NOAA's Aaron Levine and Michael Mcphaden provides insight into how the current El Niño, one of the strongest on record, formed in the Pacific Ocean. The new research finds easterly winds in the tropical Pacific Ocean stalled a potential El Niño in 2014 and left a swath of warm water in the central Pacific. The presence of that warm water stacked the deck for a monster El Niño to occur in 2015, according to the study’s authors.

May 9, 2016 0 Comments
NOAA names new leader for NOAA's National Sea Grant College Program

NOAA names new leader for NOAA's National Sea Grant College Program

NOAA today announced that Jonathan R. Pennock, Ph.D., the director of New Hampshire Sea Grant and a longtime coastal scientist, will be the new leader of NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program.


April 21, 2016 0 Comments
New study released: Sea Grant Research confirms scientific consensus on climate change

New study released: Sea Grant Research confirms scientific consensus on climate change

Dr. Stuart Carlton is a social scientist with Texas Sea Grant. He works with Sea Grant extension agents to increase climate literacy among various stakeholder groups in Texas. “We want to help the public understand the effects of climate change, know there is a lot of good, credible science behind it, and ultimately develop real life, practical steps to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change,” commented Carlton. 
April 12, 2016 0 Comments
West Coast prepares for ‘double whammy’ threat to ocean health

West Coast prepares for ‘double whammy’ threat to ocean health

Rising levels of acidity in the ocean and growing areas of low-oxygen waters are a “double whammy” threat for fishing industries, ecosystems and economies along the U.S. West Coast and Canada’s British Columbia, according to new report by a panel of experts that includes NOAA scientists.

April 4, 2016 0 Comments
Water Resources Dashboard provides “one-stop shop” for water data needs

Water Resources Dashboard provides “one-stop shop” for water data needs

All regions and economic sectors in the United States depend on adequate and reliable water supplies. Too much or too little water can endanger the health and welfare of citizens and businesses. Driven by feedback from water resource managers, federal agencies and others, NOAA and partners have developed the Water Resources Dashboard: a one-stop website for relevant water data on drought, flooding, precipitation, climate and other measures. 

March 22, 2016 0 Comments
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