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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.

August 26, 2015

Home sweet microbe: Dust in your house can predict geographic region, gender of occupants

The humble dust collecting in the average American household harbors a teeming menagerie of bacteria and fungi, and as researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and North Carolina State University have discovered, it may be able to predict not only the geographic region of a given home, but the gender ratio of the occupants and the presence of a pet as well.

July 8, 2015

Stratospheric accomplice for Santa Ana winds and California wildfires

Southern Californians and writers love to blame the hot, dry Santa Ana winds for tense, ugly moods, and the winds have long been associated with destructive wildfires. Now, NOAA researchers have found that on occasion, the winds have an accomplice with respect to fires, at least: Atmospheric events known as stratospheric intrusions, which bring extremely dry air from the upper atmosphere down to the surface, adding to the fire danger effects of the Santa Anas, and exacerbating some air pollution episodes.

July 7, 2015

Measuring methane loss in Texas’ Barnett Shale

About 170,000 pounds (76,000 kg) of the greenhouse gas methane leak per hour from the Barnett Shale region of Texas, including the urban areas of Dallas and Fort Worth, according to a new study led by Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and NOAA researchers...

July 2, 2015

Surveillance tech reveals greater ice sheet detail, and more

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is well known for its data on frozen parts of the Earth. But soon, it will have data on something more warm-blooded. Scientists on a mission to measure Greenland’s melting ice sheet have been exploring heat-seeking cameras typically used by the police, the military, and pilots.

June 4, 2015

Stricter limits for ozone pollution would boost need for science, measurements

A tougher federal standard for ozone pollution, under consideration to improve public health, would ramp up the importance of scientific measurements and models, according to a new commentary published in the June 5 edition of Science by researchers at NOAA and its cooperative institute at the University of Colorado Boulder.

June 1, 2015

The ebb and flow of Greenland’s glaciers

In northwestern Greenland, glaciers flow from the main ice sheet to the ocean in see-sawing seasonal patterns. The ice generally flows faster in the summer than in winter, and the ends of glaciers, jutting out into the ocean, also advance and retreat with the seasons.

May 20, 2015

Colorado’s biggest storms can happen anytime, new study finds

Colorado’s biggest storms can happen anytime, new study finds. Storms show a “diverse seasonality,” following seasonal patterns in some regions, but not others In a state known for its dramatic weather and climate, Colorado’s history of extreme precipitation varies considerably by season and location, according to research published in the current issue of the Journal of Hydrometeorology.
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