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The U.S. drought vulnerability rankings are in: How does your state compare? 17 September 2020

The U.S. drought vulnerability rankings are in: How does your state compare?

According to a new NOAA-funded assessment, what makes a state vulnerable is driven by more than just a lack of rain: it’s a combination of how susceptible a state is to drought and whether it’s prepared for impacts. And the most and least vulnerable states could surprise you.

Study Finds Amplified Seasonality in the Amazon Plume Region, Favoring More Extreme Marine and Terrestrial Conditions 15 September 2020

Study Finds Amplified Seasonality in the Amazon Plume Region, Favoring More Extreme Marine and Terrestrial Conditions

Variations in the amount of precipitation that feeds the Amazon River, ranked as the world’s largest river in terms of annual discharge, can profoundly impact the marine ecosystem in the region where the fresh river water enters the salty ocean (Amazon plume region) and influence the hydroclimate over the tropical Atlantic.

COM-Funded Team Develops Prototype Server to Host NOAA Buoy Measurements 15 September 2020

COM-Funded Team Develops Prototype Server to Host NOAA Buoy Measurements

This protype milestone is an important step toward increasing the use and accessibility of NOAA’s ocean data collected at the Pacific Marine Environmental Lab and other U.S. institutions.

New Book Features CPO-Funded Research in Arctic Climate Change, Variability, and Extremes Chapter 14 September 2020

New Book Features CPO-Funded Research in Arctic Climate Change, Variability, and Extremes Chapter

The chapter walks readers through an overview of amplified warming in the Arctic, discussing a variety of processes in the climate system contributing to the warming.

Headwaters Economics Announces Updates to Neighborhoods at Risk Tool 14 September 2020

Headwaters Economics Announces Updates to Neighborhoods at Risk Tool

Funded in part by CPO’s Communication, Education, and Engagement (CEE) Division, the free, interactive data tool provides neighborhood (census tract) level information for every community and county in the United States about potentially vulnerable people and property due to climate change.

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