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A deadly flood that helped improve weather forecasting

A deadly flood that helped improve weather forecasting

The Big Thompson flood of 1976 was one of three major flash floods during the span of five years in the 1970s that killed more than 450 people across the country -- tragic events that helped spur the modernization of NOAA’s National Weather Service flood forecasting system.

July 29, 2016 0 Comments
Microscopic organisms increase coral erosion in acidic waters

Microscopic organisms increase coral erosion in acidic waters

A new NOAA-led study published online today in PLOS ONE demonstrates that in naturally highly acidified waters, coral skeletons face increased erosion or eating away of reef structure by microscopic organisms, called bioerosion. 

July 28, 2016 0 Comments
How NOAA team created new engine to improve global weather forecast model

How NOAA team created new engine to improve global weather forecast model

Meet Shian-Jiann Lin, Ph.D., the leader of the team at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory that created the new dynamic core that NOAA announced this week will be used to develop a state-of-the-art global weather forecasting model over the next three years. 

July 28, 2016 0 Comments
Climate change in your county: Plan ahead with a new NOAA tool

Climate change in your county: Plan ahead with a new NOAA tool

Residents, communities and businesses now have easy access to climate projections, through a few easy keystrokes, for every county in the contiguous United States.  


July 27, 2016 0 Comments
Northern Gulf Institute named NOAA’s cooperative institute for the Gulf of Mexico region

Northern Gulf Institute named NOAA’s cooperative institute for the Gulf of Mexico region

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today announced it has selected Mississippi State University to host NOAA’s cooperative institute for the Gulf of Mexico region – called the Northern Gulf Institute. 

July 15, 2016 0 Comments
NOAA is transforming science with unmanned systems

NOAA is transforming science with unmanned systems

At first glance they might be mistaken for toys, but these remote-controlled devices aren’t for play. Unmanned aircraft and watercraft are being put to work by NOAA scientists to gather astonishing new data from our wildlands and waterways.


July 14, 2016 0 Comments
Ko Barrett named NOAA Research deputy assistant administrator

Ko Barrett named NOAA Research deputy assistant administrator

Craig McLean, NOAA’s assistant administrator for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), has named Ko Barrett as the deputy assistant administrator for OAR Programs and Administration.


July 12, 2016 0 Comments
NOAA establishes new panel to guide sustained National Climate Assessment

NOAA establishes new panel to guide sustained National Climate Assessment

NOAA today announced the appointment of 15 members to the new Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. The committee will advise NOAA on sustained climate assessment activities and products, including engagement of stakeholders. 

June 29, 2016 0 Comments
As Alaska warms, methane emissions appear stable

As Alaska warms, methane emissions appear stable

Analysis of nearly three decades of air samples from Alaska’s North Slope shows little change in long-term methane emissions despite significant Arctic warming over that time period, according to new research published in Geophysical Research Letters.

June 22, 2016 0 Comments
Q&A: What do Arctic ice and Atlantic hurricanes have in common?

Q&A: What do Arctic ice and Atlantic hurricanes have in common?

The journal Nature Geoscience published a paper by Tom Delworth and his colleagues examining how a natural atmospheric force--the North Atlantic Oscillation--may be changing ocean currents in the North Atlantic. Among other impacts, the stronger ocean currents increase the amount of heat flowing toward polar areas, which could speed up Arctic ice melt and affect how hurricanes form. We asked Delworth a few questions about his study:

June 20, 2016 0 Comments
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