Monday, July 06, 2015

Climate Observations

The Climate Observation Division's mission is to provide long-term, high quality, timely, global observational data, information and products in support of climate, Arctic, weather, and ocean research communities, forecasters, and other service providers and users, for the benefit of society.  

Program activities aim to:

  1. Build and sustain a global climate observing system according to climate monitoring principles
  2. Develop and maintain long time-series indicators of climate variability and change
  3. Develop and maintain standard data sets for initialization and evaluation of climate forecast models, assessments of climate change, and informed risk management
  4. Develop informational products, diagnostics, and assessments of observed climate variability and change on global to regional scales

The resulting global observations and products contribute to other NOAA Programs, national and international capabilities aimed at understanding, modeling, and forecasting of the earth system, as well as developing targeted information to better inform society about changes of the earth system, including better response options.  Access to these global observations and analyses of observational data has provided our Nation with invaluable information needed to better minimize climate-related risk and maximize climate-related opportunities. The program also provides data and information management support for national and international climate assessments. The Climate Observation Division supports and coordinates its observing efforts with other activities in NOAA, other federal agencies, as well as international partners.


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Is the Indian Ocean a potential sink for missing atmospheric heat?

Monday, June 08, 2015

A paper resulting from research funded by the Climate Program Office’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections program as well as the Climate Observation Division, published in Nature Geoscience on May 18th, provides a possible answer to the question of where the missing heat went.

Could the melt pond fraction help predict seasonal Arctic sea ice minimums?

Friday, June 05, 2015

A recent modeling study supported by CPO's Climate Observations and Monitoring Program was published in Environmental Research Letters on May 19. The study, led by PI Jiping Liu, is titled: "Revisiting the potential of melt pond fraction as a predictor for the seasonal Arctic sea ice extent minimum."

CPO scientists help Palauan students explore their connection to the ocean

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

During first week of May, scientists from 12 different countries met for the first Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) Pacific Islands Training Workshop on Ocean Observations and Data Applications in Koror, Palau. While they were there, they had an opportunity to meet with Palauan students and explore how the ocean is deeply embedded in their heritage. 

New publication on the causes and impacts of the 2014 warm anomaly in the NE Pacific

Monday, June 01, 2015
A new publication in Geophysical Research Letters, supported by CPO’s Climate Observation Division, examines the strongly positive temperature anomalies developed in the NE Pacific Ocean during the boreal winter of 2013–2014. 

An Analysis of the Temporal Evolution of ENSO Prediction Skill in the Context of the Equatorial Pacific Ocean Observing System

Monday, June 01, 2015
An analysis in the Monthly Weather Review supported by CPO’s Climate Observation Division found that sub-surface ocean observations in the equatorial tropical Pacific Ocean dramatically increased after 1990s due to the completion of the TAO moored array and a steady increase in Argo floats.

David M Legler, Division Chief
301 427-2460

Debbie GaloRiverside Technology, Inc., Program Support

Claudia PerezRiverside Technology, Inc., Program Support

Ocean Climate Observation Program

Steve PiotrowiczProgram Manager, Argo

Diane StanitskiProgram Manager, OceanSites, Moorings

Kathy Tedesco – NOAA Affiliate, Program Manager, Carbon

Sidney ThurstonInternational Development

Lt. Megan Raymond -- Operations Manager


Climate Monitoring Program

Jennifer Saleem Arrigo NOAA Affiliate,  Program Manager

Arctic Research Program

Kathy CraneProgram Manager


Emily Smith – Knauss Fellow


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