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NOAA launches unprecedented effort to discover how El Niño affects weather

NOAA launches unprecedented effort to discover how El Niño affects weather

NOAA scientists and partners have embarked on a land, sea, and air campaign in the tropical Pacific to study the current El Niño and gather data in an effort to improve weather forecasts thousands of miles away.
February 5, 2016
Warming ocean may bring major changes for U.S. northeast fish species

Warming ocean may bring major changes for U.S. northeast fish species

NOAA scientists have released the first multispecies assessment of just how vulnerable U.S. marine fish and invertebrate species are to the effects of climate change. The study examined 82 species that occur off the Northeastern U.S., where ocean warming is occurring...
February 3, 2016
Rapid, affordable energy transformation possible

Rapid, affordable energy transformation possible

The United States could slash greenhouse gas emissions from power production by up to 78 percent below 1990 levels within 15 years while meeting increased demand, according to a new study by NOAA and University of Colorado Boulder researchers. The study used a sophisticated...
January 25, 2016
Ocean warming doubles in recent decades

Ocean warming doubles in recent decades

Lawrence Livermore scientists, working with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and university colleagues, have found that half of the global ocean heat content increase since 1865 has occurred over the past two decades.
January 18, 2016
An artistic tribute to a climate science legacy

An artistic tribute to a climate science legacy

Renowned climate scientist, Dr. Syukuro Manabe, and his pioneering work at GFDL become the subject of an art installation at a Paris train station for COP21.

December 8, 2015
Great Lakes water levels at or above average for next 6 months

Great Lakes water levels at or above average for next 6 months

Scientists from NOAA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environment Canada have issued a six-month forecast for water levels to be at or above average on Lake Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie into spring of 2016. Lake Ontario water levels are expected to remain close to...
November 19, 2015
HFC greenhouse gases: a tale of two (or more) futures

HFC greenhouse gases: a tale of two (or more) futures

A new paper appearing online in Atmospheric Environment  coauthored by researchers at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory looked at the climate implications of various proposals for future HFC use that are being discussed this week under the...
November 3, 2015
Annual Antarctic ozone hole larger and formed later in 2015

Annual Antarctic ozone hole larger and formed later in 2015

The 2015 Antarctic ozone hole area was larger and formed later than in recent years, according to scientists from NOAA and NASA. On Oct. 2, 2015, the ozone hole expanded to its peak of 28.2 million square kilometers (10.9 million square miles), an area larger than the...
October 29, 2015
Warming waters a major factor in Gulf of Maine cod collapse

Warming waters a major factor in Gulf of Maine cod collapse

For centuries, cod was the backbone of New England’s fisheries and a key species in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Today, cod stocks in the gulf are on the verge of collapse, hovering at 3-4 percent of sustainable levels. Even setting tighter limits on...
October 29, 2015
NOAA’s Ko Barrett elected vice chair of international climate science panel

NOAA’s Ko Barrett elected vice chair of international climate science panel

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) elected NOAA’s Ko Barrett to serve as one of three vice chairs for the international body. The IPCC was created to review and assess the most recent scientific, technical, and socio-economic information...
October 14, 2015
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