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January 2013

CPO Supports the Pacific Island Climate Services Forum

The Pacific Islands Climate Services Forum was held on January 21-25, 2013 at the University of the South Pacific Campus in Suva, Fiji. Hosted by the Pacific Climate Information System (PaCIS) through NOAA and the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD), the Forum brought together almost 200 hundred people from the Pacific and the world to raise the awareness of and engage in a discussion about climate services.

CPO-supported study finds energy use in cities has global climate effects

The heat generated by everyday energy consumption in metropolitan areas is significant enough to influence the character of major atmospheric circulation systems, including the jet stream during winter months, and cause continental-scale surface warming in high latitudes, according to a trio of climate researchers that includes Ming Cai, a professor in Florida State University’s Department of Meteorology.

CPO-supported study finds that black carbon is a larger cause of climate change than previously assessed

Soot, also known as black carbon and a component of carbonaceous aerosols, is the second largest man-made contributor to global warming, and its influence on climate has been greatly underestimated, according to a new international study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres today.

NOAA RISA 2012 Annual Report now available online

For over 15 years, NOAA’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program has been supporting research teams that conduct interdisciplinary and regionally relevant research to inform resource management, planning’ and public policy. The program’s new 2012 annual report contains a description of the major activities and accomplishments of the RISAs in 2012.

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