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Image 1 - Mountain Hail In Colorado Could Disappear
2012-01-09 04:58:56

NOAA-led study shows less hail, more rain in region's future, with possible increase in flood risk Summertime hail could all but disappear from the eastern flank of Colorado's Rocky Mountains by 2070, according to a new modeling study by scientists from NOAA and several other institutions. Less hail damage could be good news for gardeners and farmers, said Kelly Mahoney, Ph.D., lead author of the study and a postdoctoral scientist at NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder,...

2011-10-28 04:20:35

New NSF grants seek to improve predictions of climate change and how it will affect Earth's future What will Earth's climate be like in a decade--or sooner? And what will it be like where you live and around the globe? National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded scientists are working to find answers. NSF and other federal agencies recently awarded more than $38 million to study the consequences of climate variability and change. The awards, made through the interagency Decadal and...

Image 1 - Emissions From Deepwater Horizon Controlled Burns
2011-09-21 04:14:56

  During the 2010 BP/Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill, an estimated one of every 20 barrels of spilled oil was deliberately burned off to reduce the size of surface oil slicks and minimize impacts of oil on sensitive shoreline ecosystems and marine life. In response to the spill, NOAA quickly redirected its WP-3D research aircraft to survey the atmosphere above the spill site in June. During a flight through one of the black plumes, scientists used sophisticated instrumentation on...

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2011-07-23 05:45:00

Volcanic ash from small-scale eruptions and soot resulting from the burning of fossil fuels may be responsible by slowing the rate of global warming up by to 20-percent, according to the results of a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) study released Thursday. Particles such as these, commonly referred to as "aerosols", can reflect sunlight back into space once they reach the stratosphere, which according to an NOAA press release, "leads to a cooling influence on the...

2011-06-14 13:49:00

LAUREL, Md., June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Earth Resources Technology, Inc. (ERT) has been awarded an $11.5M, three-year task order under the NOAALink prime contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to migrate NOAA's email and calendaring functions to the Google Apps for Government (GAFG) cloud. In addition to modernizing NOAA's messaging infrastructure, the contract will integrate Google's collaborative tools and facilitate synchronization with mobile devices...

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2011-05-17 07:55:00

Cigarette smoking, forest fires and woodburning can release a chemical that may be at least partly responsible for human health problems related to smoke exposure, according to a new study by NOAA researchers and their colleagues. Using a custom mass spectrometer designed by the researchers, the NOAA-led team was able get the first look at levels of the chemical, isocyanic acid, in the atmosphere. Isocyanic acid has been difficult to detect with conventional measurement techniques. "We found...

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2011-04-21 06:35:00

Researchers from six countries are in the Arctic studying the potential role that soot, or black carbon, has on the rapidly changing Arctic climate. Although the Arctic is typically viewed as a vast white wasteland, scientists believe a thin layer of soot is causing it to absorb more heat. They want to find out if that is the main reason for the recent rapid warming of the Arctic, which could have an impact on the world's climate for years to come. Black carbon is produced by vehicle...

2011-03-11 00:00:27

The global climate monitoring community needs an operational monitoring system that can gather data to help scientists distinguish between natural climate variability and forced change, according to a report compiled by Draper Laboratory based upon recommendations from members of the U.S. government, industry, and academia. Cambridge, MA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 10, 2011 The global climate monitoring community needs an operational monitoring system that can gather data to help scientists...

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2011-03-10 07:55:00

The deadly heat wave that crippled Russia last summer was due to a natural atmospheric phenomenon often associated with weather extremes and not directly caused by global warming, according to a new study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). And while the scientists could not attribute the intensity of the Russian heat wave to climate change, they did find that extreme heat waves are likely to become more frequent in the region in the coming decades. The researchers...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'