Latest Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Stories

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...

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...

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...

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....

2008-09-25 12:00:25

CSC, a provider of IT services, has announced that it is part of a team led by Diversified Global Partners that has been awarded a contract to develop and maintain the Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System, a secure environmental data storage and distribution system, for the US Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Under the terms of the agreement, CSC will process and store critical environmental and climate data, and make it available to the...

2008-09-09 12:00:16

The U.S. Department of Energy announced it will make available more than 10 million hours of computing time to study advanced climate change models. The department's Office of Science will allocate the computer time to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to explore advanced climate change models at three of the department's national laboratories. The project is part of a three-year agreement on collaborative climate research that was signed Monday by the two agencies. NOAA...

2008-04-07 15:05:00

NOAA scientists are now flying through springtime Arctic pollution to find out why the region is warming "” and summertime sea ice is melting "” faster than predicted. Some 35 NOAA researchers are gathering with government and university colleagues in Fairbanks, Alaska, to conduct the study through April 23."The Arctic is changing before our eyes," said A.R. Ravishankara, director of the chemistry division at NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo. "Capturing in...

2007-04-17 18:55:00

WASHINGTON -- The debate over whether global warming affects hurricanes may be running into some unexpected turbulence. Many researchers believe warming is causing the storms to get stronger, while others aren't so sure. Now, a new study raises the possibility that global warming might even make it harder for hurricanes to form. The findings, by Gabriel A. Vecchi of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Brian J. Soden of the University of Miami, are reported in Wednesday's...

2006-02-28 08:28:29

HONOLULU -- Ocean scientists are enlisting cargo and cruise ships to measure water temperatures, ocean currents and even the height of clouds as the vessels ply their regular routes, in a program that they hope will help reveal some of the oceans' secrets. "They're going to change our view over the next few years of the way the ocean actually looks," said Peter Ortner, chief scientist with the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

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