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.
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.
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.
Laura Petes, Ecosystem Science Advisor for the NOAA Climate Program Office, is a newly elected member of the Global Young Academy (GYA). The GYA works to impact global science policy by improving the effectiveness of science, including in developing countries, by building links between young scientists from different nations.