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March 2020

NOAA’s Climate Program Office announces new Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellows

Eight new postdoctoral fellows are commencing cutting-edge research projects that will contribute innovative climate science to the research community as well as NOAA’s mission. These fellows are the new 2020-2022 class of NOAA Climate and Global Change (C&GC) Postdoctoral Fellows, selected by NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). 


Women’s History Month: A conversation with Dr. Lucy Hutyra

In honor of Women’s History Month, NOAA is highlighting a few of its female scientists and funded researchers who are making significant strides in the climate sciences and other science fields. The following interview is with Dr. Lucy Hutyra, an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University and CPO Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle and Climate (AC4) Program-funded scientist. 

The South Asian Summer Monsoon: What Our Climate Projections Tell Us

A paper just published in Science Advances, funded by the MAPP Program, identified a key climate pattern responsible, in part, for large uncertainties in projections of the South Asian summer monsoon (SASM). The SASM is the strongest component of the global monsoon system and contributes about 80% of South Asia’s annual rainfall and provides the water supply for more than a billion people.

A shift in ENSO is causing worse prediction skill

Despite major progress in monitoring and understanding the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), an alternating climate pattern of abnormally warm and cool ocean temperatures across the tropical Pacific, scientists’ ability to predict it has not shown steady improvement over the past few decades. Helping to solve this mystery, a new review article funded by the MAPP Program found that a shift in ENSO properties around 1999/2000 may account for the lower prediction skill.

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