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December 2014

Spring persistence, transition, and resurgence of El Niño

Research supported by CPO’s Modeling, Analysis, Prediction, and Projections (MAPP) program has been published in Geophysical Research Letters.  The study, titled “Spring Persistence, Transition and Resurgence of El Nino”, by Sang-Ki Lee at the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies/NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Florida, and coauthors, provides a comprehensive physical explanation of how two main types of El Niño events typically evolve from their onset to decay. 

Researchers offer new insights into predicting future droughts in California

This NOAA Drought Task Force/NIDIS report details the results of an extensive multi-research-group analysis of the causes and predictability of the drought. The report finds that the exceedingly warm and dry conditions that caused the drought were due to a high pressure ridge off the west coast of the United States influenced heavily by anomalous sea surface temperatures. These influences are attributed to natural variability.

CPO partners with Office of Education, National Ocean Service on White House Climate Education Initiative

On October 22, Holdren (and staff) posted a “Call to Action” blog which was essentially the start of the climate education initiative. NOAA’s Climate Program Office in partnership with the Office of Education and the National Ocean Service worked with OSTP to develop the initiative and submitted a number of commitments released in the White House Factsheet (Released Dec. 3).  

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