CPO-supported study finds energy use in cities has global climate effects 28 January 2013

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 22 January 2013

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.
2012: A Year of Achievement, Record-Setting Climate Trends 16 January 2013

2012: A Year of Achievement, Record-Setting Climate Trends

As a record warm and extreme year comes to a close, the NOAA Climate Program Office continued to make advances in climate observation, research, modeling, and decision support activities for society. Here were some of the highlights from 2012.
New Report Assessing Future Impacts of Saltwater Intrusion on the Carolinas 15 January 2013

New Report Assessing Future Impacts of Saltwater Intrusion on the Carolinas

The Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments RISA has released a new report on Assessing the Impact of Saltwater Intrusion in the Carolinas under Future Climatic and Sea Level Conditions.

NOAA RISA 2012 Annual Report now available online 15 January 2013

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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