Climate Program Office News

Women's History Month: A conversation with Dr. Lucy Hutyra 26 March 2020

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 23 March 2020

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 20 March 2020

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.

RISA Principal Investigator co-authors “The Law and Science of Climate Change Attribution” 6 March 2020

RISA Principal Investigator co-authors “The Law and Science of Climate Change Attribution”

A growing body of climate change attribution science is being used in court to hold actors accountable for inaction in the face of economic and social harm.

AC4 Program holds inaugural PI meeting for Atmospheric Composition from Space Working Group 6 March 2020

AC4 Program holds inaugural PI meeting for Atmospheric Composition from Space Working Group

The principal investigator meeting was an opportunity to complement the atmospheric composition sessions at the JPSS/GOES-R Summit, and continue AC4 efforts to leverage existing meetings to hold principal investigator meetings.

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