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Researchers Predict Sea Ice-Free Arctic Summers By 2050
2013-04-13 08:18:46

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The question of ice-free summers in the Arctic, for most scientists, is not "if," but "when." A new study by two National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists says that "when" is coming sooner than many thought. Already, the Arctic has experienced a loss of thick, multi-year ice, with last September´s extent being less than half the average of 1979-2000. The scientists, James Overland...

Climate Change Not At Fault For Record US Drought In 2012
2013-04-12 15:09:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In pushing for his green agenda, President Barack Obama has repeatedly cited last year´s massive drought, which cost the US $35 billion, as evidence of climate change. However, a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that a bizarre confluence of natural variations was responsible for the precipitous drop in rainfall levels across the United States last summer. "This is one of those...

2013-04-12 08:20:24

BOULDER, Colo., April 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to perform risk reduction work on the next generation of microwave sounding and imaging instruments for the Weather Satellite Follow-on program. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130108/LA39163LOGO) Under a contract awarded by the Space and Missile Systems Center, El Segundo, California, Ball Aerospace will investigate how to best achieve Department of...

Goosefish Prey On Small Puffins Over Deep Water Of Northwest Atlantic
2013-04-11 13:51:48

Northeast Fisheries Science Center: NOAA A recent study has shown that bottom-dwelling goosefish, also known as monkfish, prey on dovekies, a small Arctic seabird and the smallest member of the puffin family. To understand how this deep-water fish finds a shallow-feeding bird in offshore waters, researchers looked at when, where, and how these animals were most likely to be in the same place at the same time. Remains of fourteen dovekie were recovered from the stomachs of 14 goosefish...

Research Now Allows Fishermen To Harvest Lucrative Shellfish On Georges Bank
2013-04-11 09:51:25

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Combined research efforts by scientists involved in the Gulf of Maine Toxicity (GOMTOX) project, funded by NOAA´s Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) program, and administered by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), have led to enhanced understanding of toxic algal blooms on Georges Bank. This new information, coupled with an at-sea and dockside testing protocol developed through collaboration between GOMTOX...

Now Available: New Live Bi-ocular Animations Of Two Oceans
2013-04-08 12:20:18

NASA [ Watch The Video Bi-ocular Animations of Two Oceans ] NOAA's GOES-13 and GOES-15 weather satellites sit 60 degrees apart in a fixed orbit over the eastern and western U.S., respectively, providing forecasters with a look at the movement of weather systems in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The GOES Project at the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. announced the creation of satellite animations of both GOES-13 and GOES-15 to show continuous views of both oceans,...

Earth Networks: Flying Under The Radar
2013-04-04 08:34:27

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Part 1 of redOrbit´s exclusive 6-part series. Last month, an article published on redOrbit profiled the NASA/NOAA GOES-R satellite. Slated for a 2015 launch, this amazing piece of geostationary technology is being touted for its potential to better predict severe weather conditions in the Western Hemisphere, and there can be no denying its importance to the advancement of meteorological science. A component of the GOES-R...

2013-03-28 12:20:37

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirty years ago today the premier launch of the Advanced TIROS-N satellite series ­carried a very special hosted payload aboard - the first Search and Rescue (SAR) payload on a U.S. satellite. The satellite, NOAA-E, was designed and built at the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) (then RCA Astrospace Division) facility in East Windsor, N.J. To date, over 33,000 lives have been saved as a direct result of the Search and Rescue...

Coastal Population Explodes Even With A Surge In Intense Ocean Storms
2013-03-26 14:45:58

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Massive hurricanes like Sandy, Isaac and Katrina may cost the United States billions of dollars and thousands of lives, but apparently they don´t deter people from living near these storms´ hardest hit areas. According to a new report from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in conjunction with the US Census Bureau, Americans are flocking to the ocean in record numbers with almost 40 percent of the US...

Risk To Endangered Whales From Ship Traffic Off Southern California Analyzed In New Study
2013-03-26 13:12:04

Southwest Fisheries Science Center: NOAA Researchers have identified areas off southern California with high numbers of whales and assessed their risk from potentially deadly collisions with commercial ship traffic in a study released today in the scientific journal Conservation Biology. Scientists from NOAA Fisheries, the Marine Mammal Commission and Cascadia Research Collective analyzed data collected over seven years by NOAA on marine mammal and ecosystem research surveys in the...