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Can robots provide data on toxic cyanobacteria in lakes?

Blooms of toxic cyanobacteria can impact human and ecosystem health and have led to the death of pets and livestock. Providing accurate and frequent measurements of toxins associated with cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms (HABs) is important for public health and also can impact local economies. Traditional toxin sampling is ship or shore based, and requires several people to be involved and good weather conditions.  A new system developed by NOAA and partners offers a robotic alternative that could solve many of the problems associated with traditional sampling and might help develop more detailed warning systems and forecasts for lake communities. 

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Biden-Harris Administration invests $60 million to build a climate-ready workforce through Investing in America agenda

NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program and Climate Program Office, with support from NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, are establishing programs that place people across the country into good jobs that advance climate resilience and assist employers in developing a 21st-century workforce that is climate-literate, informed by climate resilience and skilled at addressing consequent challenges.

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Meet the women advancing NOAA’s exploration and stewardship of the ocean and Great Lakes 

Meet four women who work in ocean and Great Lakes research and are supporting everything from discovering new species, shipwrecks, and an intriguing golden orb in the deep ocean, to tracking ice coverage and mitigating climate impacts like flooding to communities in the Great Lakes region. 

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New study shows promise of forecasting meteotsunamis

On the afternoon of April 13, 2018, a large wave of water surged across Lake Michigan and flooded the shores of the picturesque beach town of Ludington, Michigan, damaging homes and boat docks, and flooding intake pipes. Thanks to a local citizen’s photos and other data, NOAA scientists reconstructed the event in models and determined this was the first ever documented meteotsunami in the Great Lakes caused by an atmospheric inertia-gravity wave.

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Climate-driven shifts in deep Lake Michigan water temperatures signal the loss of winter

Climate change is causing significant impacts on the Great Lakes and the surrounding region. As the largest surface freshwater system in the world, the Great Lakes have an enormous impact, seen and unseen, on the more than 34 million people who live within their collective basin. Because of their unique response to environmental conditions, Earth’s large lakes are considered by scientists as key sentinels of climate change. A long-term study published in Nature Communications today from NOAA reveals a warming trend in deepwater temperatures that foreshadows profound ecological change on the horizon. While less visible than the loss in ice cover and increasing lake surface temperatures, this latest index of climate change adds to the growing evidence of climate change impacts in the region. 

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