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October 8, 2015

CIRES-NOAA teams receive 2015 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research

An innovative weather model used by National Weather Service offices across the country and advances in the field of geomagnetism, including an updated World Magnetic Model and a citizen scientist project, are two of the Colorado-based scientific achievements that will be recognized tonight with the 2015 Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research.

October 7, 2015

A flood of support

NOAA funds CU-Boulder-based Western Water Assessment for another five years. In 2013, the torrents of water that poured out of the mountains, ripping up roads and inundating communities, also resulted in a deluge of questions...

September 29, 2015

Science of the people, by the people...

CIRES Director Abdalati highlights citizen science at White House event. On Christmas Day in 1900, an ornithologist named Frank Chapman started a new tradition. Rather than organizing people to go out and shoot birds on Christmas Day (a longstanding custom) Chapman convinced a small group of people to go out and count them.

September 15, 2015

Arctic sea ice reaches fourth lowest minimum

On September 11, Arctic sea ice reached its likely minimum extent for 2015. The minimum ice extent was the fourth lowest in the satellite record, and reinforces the long-term downward trend in Arctic ice extent.

September 14, 2015

Breaking down India’s monsoon

Studying El Niño and La Niña’s effects in regions, sub-seasons, may improve rainfall forecasts. Across key breadbasket regions of India this monsoon season, not enough rain is falling. “Right now, the monsoon is 12 percent below average and dropping, and they are headed for a pretty serious dry season,” said Balaji Rajagopalan...

September 10, 2015

Scientists find Southern Ocean removing CO2 from the atmosphere more efficiently

Since 2002, the Southern Ocean has been removing more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to two new studies. These studies, out today in the journals Geophysical Research Letters (GRL) and Science, make use of millions of ship-based observations and a variety of data analysis techniques to conclude that that the Southern Ocean has increasingly taken up CO2 during the last 13 years.

September 9, 2015

Emissions of black carbon from flaring in the Bakken oil and gas fields

In the lonely reaches of northwestern North Dakota and across the border into Saskatchewan, the vast Bakken oil field hosts extensive activities to extract both crude oil and natural gas. Business is booming—production increased by 30 percent between May 2013 and May 2014. A NOAA-led study looks at the impact of flaring on the atmosphere.

September 1, 2015

NOAA’s Science On a Sphere® animations coming to your desktop

Today NOAA released a free, downloadable flat screen version of its popular Science On a Sphere® (SOS), SOS ExplorerTM. This new way to display the dynamics of Earth’s weather and climate, plate tectonics and more will help teachers bring these stunning science visualizations, usually found at museums and science centers, into the classroom, where students can learn by exploring.

August 31, 2015

Better daily sea ice forecasts for the Arctic following CU-Boulder-led innovation

Ice experts from the University of Colorado Boulder, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. National Ice Center and other institutions have developed a straightforward new technique for estimating sea ice concentration in the Arctic Ocean, and the new method improves the U.S. Navy’s sea ice forecast by almost 40 percent. With shipping on the rise in the Arctic Ocean, improving these short term forecasts makes navigating in Arctic waters safer.
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