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One of the planet’s most important carbon sinks is revealing its secrets

The Southern Ocean plays a central role in moderating the rate of climate change, absorbing an estimated 40% of the total amount of human-generated carbon dioxide emissions and 60-90% of the excess heat trapped by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. A new study led by scientists from NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory quantifies for the first time how many billions of tons of carbon are removed from the atmosphere every year by biological activity. 

Heat waves happen at the bottom of the ocean too

A team led by NOAA researchers used a combination of observations and computer models to generate the first broad assessment of bottom marine heat waves in the productive continental shelf waters surrounding North America. 

NOAA research in the stratosphere is taking off

Flying out of Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska, a NASA WB-57 research jet carrying a payload of sampling instruments into the stratosphere will gather measurements of trace gases and aerosols in an undersampled region of the atmosphere. 

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