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2009-09-03 14:50:59

U.S. scientists say persistent winds and a weakened current contributed to higher than normal June and July sea levels along the Eastern Seaboard. A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report says water levels six inches to two feet higher than originally predicted were reported. NOAA scientists analyzing data from select tide stations and buoys from Maine to Florida said they found a weakening of the Florida Current Transport -- an oceanic current that feeds into the Gulf Stream...

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2009-07-09 13:07:15

On Thursday government scientists said that periodic warming of water in the tropic Pacific Ocean, also known as El Nino, has returned, which will affect weather around the globe. Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say that the Pacific had been in a neutral state, but the sea surface temperature rose to 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit above normal along a narrow band in the eastern equatorial Pacific in June. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center said that...

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2009-06-20 15:33:28

Researchers trace a problem with a key climate model to its hyrdrology scheme and find a simpler scheme keeps simulations in line with real-world observations Imagine a climate model as a black box. You put something in, you get something out. But what happens when the output is completely unexpected? "If you don't get the results you expect, that's when you start to ask why," said climate modeler Peter Lawrence from the University of Colorado at Boulder's Cooperative Institute for Research...

2009-06-02 11:01:00

Symposium to Focus on Ocean's Role in America's Financial Future WASHINGTON, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NOAA Administrator, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, will give the keynote address to leading government policy makers, scientists, non-governmental groups and federal agency officials at the opening session of the Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) Symposium, hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF), on June 9th at the Reserve Officers Association building on Capitol Hill....

2009-03-18 13:00:00

WASHINGTON, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has created a unique "spherical" movie about Earth's changing ice and snow cover as captured by NASA spacecraft. "Frozen," a 12-minute, narrated film, premieres at science centers and museums March 27. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., produced the film for the "Science on a Sphere" projection system, a fully spherical video technology developed by the...

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2009-03-18 14:37:15

NASA has created a unique "spherical" movie about Earth's changing ice and snow cover as captured by NASA spacecraft. "Frozen," a 12-minute, narrated film, premieres at science centers and museums March 27. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., produced the film for the "Science on a Sphere" projection system, a fully spherical video technology developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The six-foot spheres are installed in more than 30 locations around...

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2009-03-16 15:25:00

Climate scientists are continuing to uncover new revelations about the impact of man-made global warming on the Earth's future, but many face frustration when it comes to informing the world's population of the urgency of such findings. "Science is exciting when you make such findings," Konrad Steffen, who heads the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado, told AFP. "But if you stop and look at the implications of what is coming down the road...

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2009-02-25 08:55:52

Researchers are exploring extreme conditions for life in a place not known for extremes. As little as 20 meters (66 feet) below the surface of Lake Huron, the third largest of North America's Great Lakes, peculiar geological formations"”sinkholes made by water dissolving parts of an ancient underlying seabed"”harbor bizarre ecosystems where the fish typical of the huge freshwater lake are rarely to be seen. Instead, brilliant purple mats of cyanobacteria"”cousins of microbes...

2009-02-24 11:30:00

The U.S. space agency has produced a short film called Return to the Moon that opens in science museums and elsewhere nationwide this week. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said a television production team at its Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., used Science on a Sphere imagery and data sets from various space missions to give the impression of the moon hanging magically in the center of darkened theaters. During the 5-minute film, viewers will witness NASA's...

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2008-09-30 08:10:00

Technology developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has helped boost the military's accuracy of airdrops by up to 70 percent. Wind directions and speeds are often tough to determine, and can easily blow cargo, vehicles and paratroopers away from their intended targets. This can be a particular problem in mountainous terrain such as Afghanistan. In response, the Defense Department looked to NOAA for help in developing its program to improve wind forecasts....