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NOAA, partners: Earth’s oceans and ecosystems still absorbing about half the greenhouse gases emitted by people

NOAA, partners: Earth’s oceans and ecosystems still absorbing about half the greenhouse gases emitted by people

Earth’s oceans, forests and other ecosystems continue to soak up about half the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by human activities, even as those emissions have increased, according to a study by University of Colorado and NOAA scientists published today in the journal Nature.

August 1, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA research on South Asian monsoon honored by World Meteorological Organization

NOAA research on South Asian monsoon honored by World Meteorological Organization

A 2011 NOAA research paper that tied weaker South Asian summer monsoons to human activities has won the World Meteorological Organization’s Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award for 2013.

July 31, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA scientists earn presidential honor for early career achievements

NOAA scientists earn presidential honor for early career achievements

The White House today named two NOAA scientists and a NOAA-funded scientist as recipients of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

July 23, 2012 0 Comments
Underwater ‘ears’ heard rumblings before 2011 undersea volcano eruption

Underwater ‘ears’ heard rumblings before 2011 undersea volcano eruption

A team of scientists that last year created waves by correctly forecasting the 2011 eruption of Axial Seamount years in advance now says that the undersea volcano located some 250 miles off the Oregon coast gave off clear signals hours before its impending eruption.

June 11, 2012 0 Comments
New Bering Sea research reveals how changing ecosystem impacts America's most valuable fisheries

New Bering Sea research reveals how changing ecosystem impacts America's most valuable fisheries

Bering Sea marine mammals, birds, and fish are shifting where they eat, bear their young, and make their homes in response to changes in sea ice extent and duration.

May 30, 2012 0 Comments
A sea change in the Arctic atmosphere

A sea change in the Arctic atmosphere

Arctic warming has thinned springtime sea ice across the Arctic Ocean. A new study shows that this alters the chemistry of the atmosphere near the Earth’s surface and may increase the amount of toxic mercury contaminating the region.

May 23, 2012 0 Comments
Introducing EMILY and other innovations to improve hurricane forecasts

Introducing EMILY and other innovations to improve hurricane forecasts

NOAA researchers will be using several innovative tools, techniques, and research results during the 2012 hurricane season to continue to improve hurricane forecasting. Read our 2012 hurricane research news briefs to learn more.

May 17, 2012 0 Comments
NOAA, partners kick off multi-state study of how thunderstorms affect upper atmosphere

NOAA, partners kick off multi-state study of how thunderstorms affect upper atmosphere

Today marks the beginning of a large-scale, comprehensive field project to measure how thunderstorms transport, produce and process chemicals that form ozone, a greenhouse gas that affects Earth's climate, air quality and weather patterns.

May 15, 2012 0 Comments
Smoking out an air pollutant’s hot spots

Smoking out an air pollutant’s hot spots

A smoke-related chemical, isocyanic acid, may be a significant air pollutant in some parts of the world, especially where forest fires and other forms of biomass burning are common.

April 30, 2012 0 Comments
Amount of coldest Antarctic water near ocean floor decreasing for decades

Amount of coldest Antarctic water near ocean floor decreasing for decades

Scientists have found a large reduction in the amount of the coldest deep ocean water, called Antarctic Bottom Water, all around the Southern Ocean using data collected from 1980 to 2011.

March 20, 2012 0 Comments
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