A new OAR technical report informs the development of next-generation NOAA climate reanalysis 20 January 2016

A new OAR technical report informs the development of next-generation NOAA climate reanalysis

A new OAR/Climate Program Office (CPO) Report, summarizing key outcomes of the May 2015 NOAA Climate Reanalysis Task Force Technical Workshop held at the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Maryland, has just been published.

Two new MAPP-funded studies provide new insight into drought understanding and prediction in the Central U.S. 18 January 2016

Two new MAPP-funded studies provide new insight into drought understanding and prediction in the Central U.S.

New research funded by CPO’s MAPP Program focuses on drought in the central U.S./Great Plains region and evaluates why summer droughts occur in the Southern Great Plains during some La Niña years but not in others, and how several drought indicators may promote drought preparedness during future flash drought (droughts that intensify rapidly) events.
Completion of Climate Forecast System Version 2 Archive 4 January 2016

Completion of Climate Forecast System Version 2 Archive

Reanalysis and reforecast data from NOAA’s premiere forecast system are now fully available for the public’s use.

Improving Seasonal Forecasts of Tropical Cyclone Activity 4 January 2016

Improving Seasonal Forecasts of Tropical Cyclone Activity

Tropical cyclones are one of the biggest natural threats to society, causing substantial economic damage and loss of life annually. Accurate and reliable seasonal predictions of tropical cyclone activity are essential for disaster preparedness, but remain challenging for climate scientists. In a new MAPP-supported study, Manganello et al.
indicates that the potential for high-resolution coupled (atmosphere-ocean) modeling to improve seasonal forecasting of tropical cyclone activity may be greater than previously believed.

Sea level feedback lowers projections of future Antarctic Ice-Sheet mass loss, says CPO-funded research 1 December 2015

Sea level feedback lowers projections of future Antarctic Ice-Sheet mass loss, says CPO-funded research

Research supported by CPO’s MAPP and CVP programs evaluated the influence of the feedback mechanism between sea-level fall and ice sheets on future AIS retreat on centennial and millennial timescales for different emission scenarios, using a coupled ice sheet-sea-level model.
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