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An international team led by the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) is accepting proposals from media and multimedia professionals to report on and contribute to the MOSAiC mission: the Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate. Those selected will spend approximately six weeks this fall aboard the Russian icebreaker Federov, which will support the German Polarstern on the front end of a 12-month Arctic science mission.

Multimedia reporters, producers invited to apply
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 to Friday, March 15, 2019

Banner image is by Stefan Hendricks/Alfred Wegener Institute

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A team of CIRES and NOAA scientists has figured out a shortcut way to produce skillful seasonal climate forecasts with a fraction of the computing power normally needed. The technique involves searching within existing global climate models to learn what happened when the ocean, atmosphere and land conditions were similar to what they are today. These “model-analogs” to today end up producing a remarkably good forecast, the team found—and the finding could help researchers improve new climate models and forecasts of seasonal events such as El Niño.

New study: Existing climate models useful in forecasting, model testing
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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For the first time, a research team co-led by CIRES-based scientists, has directly observed an Antarctic ice shelf bending under the weight of ponding meltwater on top, a phenomenon that may have triggered the 2002 collapse of the Larsen B ice shelf. And ice shelf flexure could potentially impact other vulnerable ice shelves, causing them to break up, quickening the discharge of ice into the ocean and contributing to global sea level rise.

Researchers record first field measurements of Antarctic ice shelf flexure, which can lead to ice shelf break up
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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A few years ago, internationally recognized artist Lars Jan installed glass tanks in the middle of New York's Times Square and slowly filled them with water. Live performers inside tried to keep performing everyday activities: tuning a guitar, reading a paper, getting dressed.

The illuminating, climate change short film will project onto the Science On a Sphere® globe, followed by a panel discussion
Friday, February 8, 2019
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Earth’s northern magnetic pole is moving quickly away from the Canadian Arctic toward Siberia. This movement has forced NCEI’s scientists to update the World Magnetic Model (WMM) mid-cycle.

Typically, a new and updated version of the WMM is released every five years. With the last release in 2015, the next version is scheduled for release at the end of 2019. Due to unplanned variations in the Arctic region, scientists have released a new model to more accurately represent the change of the magnetic field between 2015 and now.

Monday, February 4, 2019
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China, already the world’s leading emitter of human-caused greenhouse gases, continues to pump increasing amounts of climate-changing methane into the atmosphere despite tough new regulations on gas releases from its coal mines, a new Johns Hopkins-led study shows.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
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Greenland is melting faster than scientists previously thought—and will likely lead to faster sea level rise—thanks to the continued, accelerating warming of the Earth’s atmosphere, a new study has found.

New study finds southwest Greenland could be major contributor to sea level rise
Friday, January 18, 2019
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The surface waters of Lake Dillon, a mountain reservoir that supplies water to the the Denver area, have warmed by nearly 5 degrees Fahrenheit (2.5 degrees Celsius) in the last 35 years, which is twice the average warming rate for global lakes. Yet surprisingly, Dillon does not show adverse environmental changes, such as nuisance algal blooms, often associated with warming of lakes.

CU Boulder researchers harness 35 years of data to uncover responses of a high-elevation reservoir to a warming world
Monday, January 7, 2019
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