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Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thursday, 06/01/2017

Carrie Womack demonstration

NOAA Boulder staff participate in the annual Women in STEM event at the University of Wyoming...
 
 

The Wind Forecast Improvement Project wraps up

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thursday, 05/03/2017

WFIP2 Wasco field site

On March 31, 2017, the Wind Forecast Improvement Project 2 wrapped up 18 months of collecting atmospheric observations in the Columbia River Gorge that will be used to improve wind forecasts in areas of complex terrain...

High-Altitude Aircraft Data May Help Improve Climate Models and More

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thursday, 05/03/2017

Andrew Rollins installs the CSD SO2 instrument on the NASA WB-57 aircraft

New research provides the first actual measurements of the chemical, SO2, in the tropical upper troposphere/lower stratosphere – and there's a whole lot less than some scientists estimated.

Study published on reduced lifetime for a future strong greenhouse gas

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thursday, 05/02/2017

Balloon preparation launch in Kiruna, Sweden

ESRL scientists and their colleagues at the University of East Anglia, Utrecht University, and NCAR calculated an atmospheric lifetime of the trace gas, sulfur hexafluoride, based on measurements in the polar stratospheric vortex and modeled transport into the stratosphere. 

“I didn’t tell you . . .” Reflections on race through poetry and research

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thursday, 02/23/2017

Event presenters and organizers

Boulder-based Poet and Social Justice Activist, Norma Johnson opened NOAA Boulder’s observance of “Black History” month with her moving poem, “I didn’t tell you . . .” 
 

ESRL Researchers contribute to special issue on 'Explaining Extreme Events of 2015 from a Climate Perspective'

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Monday, 12/12/2016

The Aggie Creek Fire, 30 miles northwest of Fairbanks, AK, was started by a lightning strike in June 2015. Credit: USFS

The issue presents 25 peer-reviewed research papers examining episodes of extreme weather in 2015 over five continents and two oceans. Scientists from around the world analyzed historical observations, changing trends, and model results to determine whether and how climate change may have influenced these events.

'Micro-Satellites' will use GPS signals to study hurricanes

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 12/07/2016

CYGNSS satellite

The same GPS technology that helps people get where they're going in a car will soon be used in space to improve hurricane forecasting. 
 

New tool will help NWS assess and communicate forecast uncertainty

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Friday, 12/02/2016

AWIPSS II ensemble tool

Tool invented by ESRL researchers will be integrated into the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System, the cornerstone of all NWS forecast offices.
 

Fire Starters: Researchers Take a Comprehensive Look at Wildfire Effects on Air Quality and Climate

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 11/23/2016

FIREX burn at the Fire Lab

Scientists kick off a multi-year mission – the Fire Influence on Regional and Global Environments Experiment (FIREX), to better understand the air quality and climate effects of fire.

Distant Impacts: Smoke, dust from Pacific Northwest fires affect Colorado's air quality

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 11/16/2016

MODIS satellite image of fire hot spots

During poor air quality days in Denver last year, scientists found that specks of mineral dust swept into the region along with smoke from Pacific Northwest wildfires.

The "Fingerprint" of Feedlots

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Friday, 10/7/2016

NOAA van takes measurements of methane, nitrous oxide and ammonia

New NOAA Boulder study promises to help scientists assess the effect of feedlots on air quality, as well as distinguish feedlot emissions from other sources. 
 

NOAA/ESRL and Howard University build bridge to the future

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thursday, 10/6/2016

A meeting of Howard students/faculty during visit to NOAA Boulder

Faculty and students from Howard University visit NOAA Boulder to build foundational relationships and to foster and expand engagement.
 

Study finds fossil fuel methane emissions greater than previously estimated

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 10/5/2016

Pilots preparing for research flight

But energy development is not responsible for global methane uptick...
 
 

The Role of Springtime Arctic Clouds in Determining Autumn Sea Ice Extent

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 10/5/2016

Arctic sea ice and clouds

Researchers have recently found that annual variations in the atmosphere during spring can significantly impact the seasonal melting of the sea ice.
 

Carbon Dioxide levels race past troubling milestone

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Monday, 10/3/2016

South Pole Observatory

Relentless rise of this greenhouse gas locks in warmer future, scientists say
 
 

The Acequias of New Mexico – Managing water to address climate change

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Monday, 10/3/2016

Acequias, courtesy NMSU/Sylvia Rodriguez

Guest lecture on canals engineered in 17th – early 19th centuries, which are example of a sustainable and resilient system for managing water. 
 

Researcher wins Governor's Award for High Impact Research

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thursday, 9/22/2016

Brad Hall

ESRL's Brad Hall will receive an award from CO-LABS for his work to improve techniques to make calibration standards and measurements of very low concentrations of greenhouse gases.
 

Tribal Nations: Not just another public interest group

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thursday, 8/25/2016

seminar

Learning how to engage with federally recognized tribes when doing NOAA field missions.

 

Study first to quantify impact of oil and gas emissions on Denver's ozone problem

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Monday, 8/8/2016

BAO tower and NASA P-3

Study confirms that chemical vapors from oil and gas activities are a significant contributor to the Colorado Front Range chronic ozone problem.

 

Supporting Hurricane Rapid Response with data visualization expertise

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Monday, 8/8/2016

UAS hurricane program

The Earth System Resarch Laboratory, the NOAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program, and NASA are working together to gather and deliver real-time data from UAS research flights over hurricanes. 

A deadly flood that helped improve weather forecasting

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Friday, 7/29/2016

Big Thompson Flood

As Coloradans celebrated the centennial of the state’s founding late on a hot summer afternoon 40 years ago, a brewing thunderstorm parked itself at the head of the Big Thompson Canyon.

A New West Coast 'Picket Fence' of Observations

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 7/27/2016

Bodega Bay Installation

This month Earth System Research Laboratory engineers install final station in monitoring network.

 

New tool effectively identifies both rapid-onset and sustained droughts

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 7/20/2016

drought

Experimental warning product has potential to become a leading indicator of droughts for agricultural and hydrological communities.

 

SOS Explorer meets the world at TEDxMileHigh

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 6/17/2016

SOS Explorer

The new SOS Explorer™ (SOSx), a flat screen version of the popular Science On a Sphere® (SOS), will make its public debut at the TedxMileHigh: “Make + Believe” event in Denver on June 25th.

Go Forth, Enlighten and Educate!

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 7/6/2016

Event Panelists

The NOAA Boulder campus celebrated Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month on June 2nd.

 

Arctic sea ice loss likely not a factor in recent Northern Hemisphere cold winters

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Friday, 5/27/2016

Snow covered car

A new study indicates that recent Northern Hemisphere cold winters were the result of naturally occurring climate variations.

 

Science Rocks!

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 5/25/2016

DMNS Science Celebration

Boulder outreach group showcases NOAA science at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the University of Wyoming. 

 

PACES: Taking the Initiative on Arctic Air Pollution

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Friday, 5/20/2016

PACES

New paper describes the major science issues associated with Arctic air pollution and argues that a trans-disciplinary approach will be needed to address this complex topic.

 

Climate Change's Likely Role in Kidney Disease Epidemics

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thursday, 5/19/2016

Photo by: Tom Laffay, La Isla Foundation

Global warming will likely exacerbate these epidemics seen recently in hot, rural regions of the world.

 

Warming due to carbon dioxide jumped by half in 25 years

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 5/18/2016

Bakken oil field at sunset

According to NOAA's 10th Annual Greenhouse Gas Index, emissions of all heat-trapping greenhouse gases have amplified the warming impact on the planet by more than one third since 1990.

North Dakota's Bakken oil and gas field leaking 275,000 tons of methane per year

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 5/11/2016

Bakken Formation well pad in ND

Study provides a key snapshot of Bakken methane emissions, which will also help answer bigger questions.

 

Technology converging on an early prototype Warn-on-Forecast system for high-impact weather

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Monday, 5/9/2016

prototype forecast system

An early prototype of a high-impact weather forecast system will get a real-time demonstration in the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT) this spring.

 

Mercury to Transit the Sun on May 9th

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thursday, 5/5/2016

Mercury Transit

The Sun will appear to have a new, quickly moving small spot on 9 May, 2016. However, the trespasser will actually be the planet Mercury in a small portion of its orbit about 36 million miles from the Sun.

Will Droughts Turn the Amazon into a Giant Source of Carbon Emissions?

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 4/27/2016

The Amazon

As climate change increases temperatures and alters rainfall patterns across South America, scientists are concerned that the Amazon rainforest will shift from a carbon sponge to a carbon source.

Collecting observations in the Southern Ocean aboard new Australian ship

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Monday, 4/25/2016

R/V Investigator

ESRL's Physical Sciences Division helps expand sparse database of measurements in this remote region. 

 

Forecasters to work with GSD's new experimental Hazard Services platform

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thursday, 3/31/2016

New GSD Experimental Hazard Services PlatformNew concepts and tools will be used during NOAA's Hazardous Weather Testbed spring experiments.

 

“Indigenuity:” A Different Approach To Solving And Adapting To Climate Change

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thursday, 4/7/2016

Dan Wildcat presentationProfessor Dan Wildcat, and other faculty and students from Haskell Indian Nations University visit NOAA Boulder to exchange information and ideas on science and an indigenous perspective. 

Last Light: Sunset at the South Pole

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Monday, 3/21/2016

South Pole ObservatoryFor researchers at NOAA's South Pole Atmospheric Baseline Observatory, Sunday March 20 marks the start of the austral autumn, the last time they see the sun for six months. 

Record annual increase of carbon dioxide observed at Mauna Loa for 2015

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 3/9/2016

NOAA's Mauna Loa ObservatoryThe annual growth rate of atmospheric carbon dioxide measured at NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii jumped by 3.05 parts per million during 2015, the largest year-to-year increase in 56 years of research.

NOAA Boulder hosts 'My Brother's Keeper' event

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Friday, 3/4/2016

NOAA Boulder My Brother's Keeper Event24 students and 6 teachers from the Denver Public School District gathered at NOAA Boulder for an event in association with the 'My Brother's Keeper' National Labs Week.

When Less Is More

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Monday, 2/29/2016

Ozone credit: NASAA NOAA, CIRES study tracks down lingering source of carbon tetrachloride emissions

 

Study: California's Aliso Canyon blowout led to largest U.S. methane leak ever

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thursday, 2/25/2016

Gases leaking from the Aliso Canyon natural gas well blowout (left), aerial of the Aliso Canyon well blowout (right)First published study since well was plugged shows leak was equivalent to one-quarter of Los Angeles' annual methane emissions

 

Gijs de Boer receives Presidential honor

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thursday, 2/18/2016

Gijs de BoerNOAA/CIRES scientist works on remote sensing of environmental changes

 

Unprecedented effort launched to discover how El Niño affects weather

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Friday, 2/5/2016

NOAA G-IV wing. Credit: Kelly MahoneyPacific research goal is to improve accuracy of weather forecasts and models 

 

Warming Ocean May Bring Major Changes for US Northeast Fishery Species

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 2/3/2016

Alewife or river herringNOAA Fisheries and ESRL research scientists collaborate on vulnerability assessment

 

Where Clouds and Particles Meet Climate

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Monday, 2/1/2016

New Melones Lake, CANew Approach to Quantifying How Aerosol-Cloud Interactions Influence Climate

 

Rapid, Affordable Energy Transformation Possible

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Monday, 1/25/2016

New Melones Lake, CANOAA, CIRES study: Sun and wind could provide most U.S. electricity by 2030.

 

Study confirms link between El Nino intensity and precipitation in California

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 12/16/2015

New Melones Lake, CAThe multiyear drought in California has drained reservoirs, ruined crops, stressed ecosystems, and exasperated many. There is hope that the current El Niño could provide much-needed relief.

Accidental Geoengineering?

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 12/15/2015

Earth from spaceScientists have evidence that airline traffic may help create an icy haze that's brightening U.S. skies, after several decades of so-called "dimming."

 

Cloudy with a Chance of Warming

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thursday, 12/10/2015

Clouds over Summit, GreenlandClouds can increase warming in the changing Arctic region more than scientists expected, by delivering an unexpected double-whammy to the climate system, according to a new study by researchers at NOAA, the University of Colorado Boulder and colleagues.

Crowdsourcing Weather

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Friday, 12/4/2015

Old Arctic whaling shipCitizen science volunteers transcribe weather data from 19th century ship logs. That means more data for research, including ESRL's 20th Century Reanalysis project.

Science On a Sphere® at COP21

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 12/2/2015

SOS in ParisClouds can increase warming in the changing Arctic region more than scientists expected, by delivering an unexpected double-whammy to the climate system, according to a new study by researchers at NOAA, the University of Colorado Boulder and colleagues.

New Instrument Tested in China During Asian Monsoon

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 11/25/2015

Asian monsoon anticycloneResearchers conduct "proof of concept" balloon flights of the Printed Optical Particle Spectrometer (POPS) instrument for measuring the concentration and size distribution of aerosols in the atmosphere.

2015 Sets a Record Low for Antarctic Ozone Hole in October

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 11/20/2015

SOS in ParisNOAA’s measurements of ozone at South Pole registered a record low for the month of October. This year, the average amount of ozone measured by a Dobson instrument at South Pole in the second half of October was 60 percent below the pre-ozone hole conditions. 

Stay safe this summer!

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thursday, 07/30/2015

summer hazardsSummer means vacation, outdoor activities, and fun in the sun! But summer also holds significant weather hazards. Check out the National Weather Service summer safety page for tips.

Moisture pathways through western U.S. mountains more likely to cause extreme wintertime precipitation

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 07/13/2015

Map showing the major moisture pathways from the Pacific Ocean into the Intermountain WestTwo complementary studies explain how atmospheric moisture can traverse the high terrain near the West Coast and produce extreme precipitation events in the Sierra Nevada and in the Intermountain West

Stratosphere an Accomplice for Santa Ana Winds in California Wildfires

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 07/07/2015

Satellite image of the smoke on 2 May 2013Forecast models with the capacity to predict stratospheric intrusions may provide valuable lead time

 

Measuring methane loss in Texas' Barnett Shale

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 07/07/2015

Aerial view of of natural gas well pads in the Barnett Shale, TXNew study finds natural gas leaks in the region higher than some estimates, similar to others

 

Galaxy Pancakes, Dragon Genetics, and Wild Wonders Taught Here!

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 06/30/2015

Outreach staff from NOAA Boulder interact with students attending the annual Women in Science event in Laramie, Wyoming.

 

Georgia Madrid to Be Honored with 2015 SAIGE Achievement Awards

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 05/20/2015

Georgia Madrid honoredOn June 16, NOAA Boulder's Georgia Madrid will be presented the SAIGE Achievement Award in the category of Leadership at the Twelfth Annual SAIGE National Training Conference.

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

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 05/20/2015

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. Decision makers—often facing increased pressure to consider climate change information—typically turn to historical averages to understand when and where extreme rain, hail and snow happen in this state. But those averages often are not reliable, because they're based on observations of events that don't happen frequently and because the observations themselves are limited, especially in remote areas.

Recent adjustments to the Montreal Protocol help protect ozone layer, but newer chemicals contribute to warming

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 05/14/2015

An international agreement in 2007 to deal with the last remaining ozone-depleting chemicals used in large quantities is working, according to a new analysis published today. Atmospheric emissions of those chemicals, called hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and used in refrigeration and air conditioning, are no longer increasing, after having increased consistently over the past few decades, according to NOAA measurements published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry. But the new paper also reports that other substitute chemicals, which are also greenhouse gases, are on the rise, and international decision makers are considering new regulations to cap and reduce those emissions.

New Study Links Stratosphere, La Niña Climate Conditions, and Surface Air Quality

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 05/12/2015

New research reveals a strong connection between high ozone days in the western U.S. during late spring, the stratosphere, and La Niña, an ocean-atmosphere phenomenon that affects global weather patterns. The study was published May 12 in Nature Communications, and was led by Meiyun Lin (of NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and NOAA's cooperative institute at Princeton University) and co-authored by CSD's Andy Langford and others.

ESRL Team Receives Climate-Related Technology Transfer Award

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 04/02/2015

Team members from ESRL's NESII program were among five federal laboratory teams jointly awarded with the prestigious 2015 Federal Laboratory Consortium's Technology Transfer Interagency Partnership Award.

ESRL Researchers Contribute to Free Online Course

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 03/31/2015

CIRES researchers Ben Livneh and Kelly Mahoney of ESRL's Physical Sciences Division are guest lecturers during a free 4½-week online course on Water in the Western United States, which will be offered by the University of Colorado through Coursera. The massive open online course, or MOOC, begins April 1st and will allow students the opportunity to explore the scientific, legal, political and cultural issues impacting water and climate in the Western U.S.

SOS at National Science Teacher's Association National Conference

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 03/25/2015

The National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) National Conference was held this year in Chicago, Illinois during the second week of March, and educators from around the globe were in attendance offering unique sessions for teachers. In attendance and participating in sessions was NOAA Science On a Sphere® (SOS) Education Specialist, Hilary Peddicord from ESRL's Global Systems Division (GSD).

Studying the Air above Oil and Gas Production Areas in the Western United States

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 03/19/2015

NOAA and CIRES lead airborne field campaign to look at climate and air quality impacts.

 

NOAA's growing weather observations database goes into full operations

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 02/19/2015

Weather forecasting begins with observations. For several years NOAA has worked to fill gaps in observations by tapping into such varied sources as airlines, other private companies, universities, state highway and agriculture departments, and private citizens.

Investigating eastern U.S. air pollution in wintertime

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 01/30/2015

We tend to think of summer as prime time for pollution – picture the haze that hangs over big cities on hot, steamy days. That's when increased sunlight and temperatures speed up chemical reactions that transform pollutants in the air into other "secondary" pollutants, including ozone, particulate matter, and others. But pollution doesn't cease at summer's end. Instead, the pathways to these familiar summertime pollutants are altered in ways that haven't been well studied and that therefore aren't well understood.

NOAA’s investments in weather models and partnerships paying off

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 01/30/2015

As the Northeast digs out from this week’s blizzard, a new NOAA-led effort to improve the forecasting of such high impact weather events is reaching an important early benchmark. One of the first major improvements – upgrading the resolution of three global forecast models – has already shown its effectiveness.

Haboobs, Hurricanes, And Heat

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 01/27/2015

Girl scouts at the eventOther than a funny name, do you know what a haboob is? Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of the Phoenix area do. They learned about the science behind weather and tips to stay safe during extreme weather events when they attended the Weather Ready Nation Scout Program at the AMS annual meeting in Phoenix.

Experiment Studying Major West Coast Winter Storms – Atmospheric Rivers – Kicks Off This Week In California

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Friday, 01/16/2015

NOAA G-IV aircraftCalWater 2015 is a two-month research study to investigate how West Coast rain and snow are impacted by atmospheric rivers (intense moisture-bearing winter storms) and aerosol particles such as dust and pollution.

Students Learn About On-The-Job Science

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Friday, 11/21/2014

blizzardEighth Grade Science Day:  The ten-year tradition continues as eighth graders from ten local middle schools spend a day at NOAA Boulder.

Are You Ready For Winter?

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Monday, 11/10/2014

blizzardWinter is on the way! Snow in Colorado is important to farmers, ski areas, and for filling up reservoirs. However, winter storms can bring hazards and life-threatening situations. The National Weather Service provides information and safety tips for winter.

Antarctic ozone hole similar to last year

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thursday, 10/30/2014

ozone holeThe Antarctic ozone hole, which forms annually in the August to October period, reached its peak size on September 11, stretching to 9.3 million square miles, roughly the same size as last year’s peak.

Remapping The New Jersey Coast After Hurricane Sandy

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 10/28/2014

Hurricane SandyNew coastal models developed by NOAA will guide future storm prediction

 

Wintertime ozone pollution in Utah oil and gas fields

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wednesday, 10/01/2014

fgas flares from a stack in Utah's Uintah BasinA new study by NOAA and CIRES scientists shows that chemicals released into the air by oil and gas activities can spark reactions that lead to high levels of ozone in wintertime, high enough to exceed federal health standards.

NOAA’s weather forecasts go hyper-local with next-generation weather model

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tuesday, 09/30/2014

forecast model comparisonNew model will help forecasters predict a storm’s path, timing, and intensity better than ever before.

 

Climate Change Not To Blame For 2013 Colorado Floods

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Monday, 09/29/2014

Boulder Creek floodLast September’s widespread flooding in northeast Colorado, which saw just over 17 inches of rain in one week in the city of Boulder, was not made more likely or more intense by the effects of human-induced climate change, according to a new NOAA-led study.

Keeping the lights on...

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Friday, 09/26/2014

total sky imager at solar facility in southern ColoradoNOAA helps improve solar energy forecasts for more efficient power management

A look back at the 2013 Colorado floods

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Friday, 09/19/2014

flood-damaged roadResearcher studies how skillful the precipitation forecasts were from the weather forecast models.

Ozone Layer On Road To Recovery?

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Friday, 09/05/2014

Assessment for Decision-Makers coverNOAA helps lead international report updating world on state of Earth's protective ozone layer

NOAA And Partners Develop Workshops On Flash Floods To Support Local Teachers

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Friday, 09/05/2014

map showing results from an atmospheric model With the one-year anniversary of the historic 2013 Colorado floods in mind, workshops were developed to support local teachers with lesson plans on flash floods.

Air From Stratosphere Makes It Tough For Las Vegas To Meet Surface Ozone Pollution Standards

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Monday, 08/25/2014

map showing results from an atmospheric model In Las Vegas, air from the naturally ozone-rich stratosphere is sometimes an unwelcome intruder, making it difficult for the region to meet the national ground-level ozone standards in the springtime, according to a new NOAA-led study published online this month in the journal Atmospheric Environment.

International research cruise underway in the Arctic Ocean

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Fri 07/25/2014

the icebreaker OdenScientists study how ice may affect cloud structure and ocean-atmosphere processes

Air Quality Research along Colorado's Front Range

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tue 07/15/2014

Denver smog photo courtesy NRELThis summer nearly 200 scientists from several national and regional agencies will focus sophisticated instruments on the Front Range atmosphere, seeking to better understand the sources of emissions and the chemistry that contribute to regional air quality challenges.

Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce visits NOAA Boulder

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Fri 07/11/2014

Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce visits NOAA BoulderOn June 30th, NOAA hosted Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews who was visiting the Department of Commerce Boulder campus.

NOAA and Western Governors sign agreement

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thu 06/19/2014

Sullivan and Hickenlooper at MOU signingOn June 9th, NOAA Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with WGA Chairman and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper that renews and strengthens collaboration on drought, flooding and wildfire preparedness.

SOS Featured At The World Science Festival In New York City

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thu 06/19/2014

Steve Howell, NASA and Bill Yosses, White House Pastry Chef, present From May 28th through June 1st, SOS was displayed at New York University (NYU), where speakers from NOAA and other organizations used the interactive sphere to demonstrate their science and answer questions.

Sharing NOAA research with girls aspiring to math, science and technology careers

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Fri 05/23/2014

Hilary Peddicord gives a presentation on the effects of climate change NOAA in Boulder once again contributed to the University of Wyoming’s annual Women in Science (WIS) event, held in Laramie, Wyoming.

Airborne Measurements Confirm Leaks From Oil And Gas Operations

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thu 05/07/2014

Sunset and a drill rig in northeastern Colorado (Credit: David Oonk, CIRES) NOAA, CIRES study finds more methane, ozone precursors and benzene than estimated by regulators.

Greenhouse Gases Continued Rising In 2013; 34 Percent Increase Since 1990

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Fri, 05/02/2014

NOAA's latest Annual Greenhouse Gas Index (AGGI) shows that the warming influence from human-emitted gases continues to increase. This trend that began with the Industrial Revolution of the 1880s has accelerated in recent decades.

Students treated to Science On a Sphere® demonstrations at school

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Fri, 04/04/2014

Students at a Boulder, CO middle school recently experienced some of the exciting science happening in their community and beyond, when the Earth System Research Laboratory brought a portable Science On a Sphere (SOS) system to their school.

Learn to be a severe weather spotter

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thu, 03/20/2014

If you’re interested in weather -- you can learn more about weather phenomena and help keep your community safer by becoming a trained weather spotter for the National Weather Service (NWS).

All-Sky Cam Looks Up – Helps NOAA Refine High-Res Weather Models

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wed, 03/19/2014

This 180-degree "fish eye" lens captures live images that are compared to weather model images from the same geographical perspective

Mapping Climate Change in the Oceans

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tue, 03/04/2014

The Earth System Research Laboratory and NOAA Fisheries collaborate on new method to assess fish vulnerability to climate change

NOAA's Upcoming Weather Forecast Model Zeros In Earlier on Severe Weather

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wed, 03/03/2014

Learn about the research behind the High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) weather forecast model.

March 2-8 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Mon, 03/03/2014

Learn more about your risks from severe weather, and what to do to before it strikes.

Measuring Wind with Microphones

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thu, 02/20/2014

In a new study, researchers capture traffic noise along the Boulder–Longmont "Diagonal Highway" in Colorado to accurately measure wind speed.

New study finds dry conditions in Amazon add carbon dioxide to atmosphere

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wed, 02/05/2014

As climates change, the lush tropical ecosystems of the Amazon Basin may release more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than they absorb, according to a new study published in Nature.

Researchers Fly Over Pacific Ocean Off US West Coast To Study Atmospheric Rivers

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Mon, 02/03/2014

Researchers aboard the NOAA Gulfstream IV aircraft will begin flying over the Pacific Ocean off the U.S. West Coast this week to measure air pressure, temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction to help better understand atmospheric rivers.

High Levels of Molecular Chlorine Found in Arctic Atmosphere

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tue, 01/14/2014

Scientists studying the atmosphere above Barrow, Alaska, including Jin Liao of the Chemical Sciences Division, have discovered unprecedented levels of molecular chlorine in the air.

New findings show U.S. power plant emissions are down

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Thu, 01/14/2014

Scientists report that the switch to natural gas power plants means fewer air pollutants.

NOAA Researcher and Other Experts Explain Role Of Geography and Climate In Colorado Floods

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wed, 09/18/2013

NOAA Boulder researcher Marty Hoerling and other experts explain role of geography and climate in Colorado Floods. Full story at NBC News.

The 100th Worldwide Installation of Science On a Sphere®

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Wed, 08/14/2013

The 100th worldwide installation of a Science On a Sphere® (SOS) system took place during the week of July 29 - August 2, 2013, at NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Space Weather Arrives

Submitted by NOAA Boulder on Tue, 01/24/2012

A significant blast of energy from the sun arrived at Earth Tuesday, 24 January 2012, at 10 a.m. EST, triggering a moderate geomagnetic storm here that’s unlikely to cause major problems.

NOAA greenhouse gas index continues climbing

Submitted by Katy Human on Tue, 11/09/2011

NOAA’s updated Annual Greenhouse Gas Index (AGGI), which measures the direct climate influence of many greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, shows a continued steady upward trend that began with the Industrial Revolution of the 1880s.

Human-caused climate change a major factor in more frequent Mediterranean droughts

Submitted by Katy Human on Tue, 10/27/2011 - 13:50

Wintertime droughts are increasingly common in the Mediterranean region, and human-caused climate change is partly responsible, according to a new analysis by NOAA scientists and colleagues at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). In the last 20 years, 10 of the driest 12 winters have taken place in the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea

NOAA, NASA: Significant ozone hole remains over Antarctica

Submitted by Katy Human on Tue, 10/20/2011

The Antarctic ozone hole, which yawns wide every Southern Hemisphere spring, reached its annual peak on September 12, stretching 10.05 million square miles, the ninth largest on record. Above the South Pole, the ozone hole reached its deepest point of the season on October 9 when total ozone readings dropped to 102 Dobson units, tied for the 10th lowest in the 26-year record.

NOAA researchers release study on emissions from BP/Deepwater Horizon controlled burns

Submitted by Katy Human on Tue, 09/20/2011

During the 2010 BP/Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill, an estimated one of every 20 barrels of spilled oil was deliberately burned off to reduce the size of surface oil slicks and minimize impacts of oil on sensitive shoreline ecosystems and marine life. In response to the spill, NOAA quickly redirected its WP-3D research aircraft to survey the atmosphere above the spill site in June.

Wind Energy Forecast Project launches

Submitted by Katy Human on Tue, 07/26/2011

There has not always been a need to know precisely how hard the wind blows 350 feet above Earth’s surface. Today, wind turbines occupy that zone of the atmosphere, generating electricity. So NOAA and several partners have launched a year-long effort to improve forecasts of the winds there, which ultimately will help to reach the nation’s renewable energy goals.

Smoke-related chemical discovered in the atmosphere could have health implications

Submitted by Katy Human on Sun, 05/15/2011

Cigarette smoking, forest fires and woodburning can release a chemical that may be at least partly responsible for human health problems related to smoke exposure, according to a new study by NOAA researchers and their colleagues.

In the wake of a wind turbine

Submitted by Katy Human on Tue, 04/26/2011

To improve energy production by wind farms, NOAA researchers and colleagues are launching a study this month to make visible the invisible "wakes" produced behind wind turbines.

Arctic Ozone Thins

Submitted by Katy Human on Wed, 03/16/2011

Unusually chilly temperatures in part of the Arctic atmosphere, iridescent ice clouds and the ongoing presence of ozone-depleting substances are triggering significant depletion of the protective ozone layer, according to recent, ongoing observations by NOAA scientists and international colleagues.

Scientists Use Airborne Chemistry Measurements for the First Time to Assess Flow Rate, Fate of Spilled Gases and Oil During Gulf Oil Spill

Submitted by Katy Human on Mon, 03/14/2011

NOAA scientists and academic partners have found a way to use air chemistry measurements taken hundreds of feet above last year’s BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill to estimate how fast gases and oil were leaking from the reservoir thousands of feet underwater.