ALPACA 14 July 2022

ALPACA

Critical Air Quality Research in Fairbanks, Alaska

In winter 2022, about fifty scientists from the United States and Europe completed a seven-week atmospheric chemistry study of Fairbanks, Alaska–the state’s second-largest city. 

The study, called the Alaskan Layered Pollution and Chemical Analysis (ALPACA) project, investigated the chemistry of Fairbanks’s air pollution–especially how the pollution behaves in the cold and dark.

 

CPO-Funded Research Referenced at House Science Committee Hearing 19 November 2021

CPO-Funded Research Referenced at House Science Committee Hearing

Congressman Sean Casten of Illinois referenced new research on vapor pressure deficit to support his amendment calling for a study on the interaction between climate change and wildfires.
NOAA awards over $171 million for climate science, community resilience 12 October 2021

NOAA awards over $171 million for climate science, community resilience

NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) announced today a total award amount of $171 million, the highest five-year investment in the program’s history, to support 72 innovative and impactful projects that will improve our nation’s resilience at a critical time in the fight against the climate crisis.

New NOAA Report: Exceptional Southwest Drought Exacerbated by Human-Caused Warming 29 September 2021

New NOAA Report: Exceptional Southwest Drought Exacerbated by Human-Caused Warming

According to the report, the drought caused roughly $11.4–$23 billion in economic losses in 2020—including impacts from associated wildfires. Economic losses for 2021 will also be substantial, and the drought is expected to continue at least into next year.

Tackling the challenges of a drier, hotter, more fire-prone future 11 April 2021

Tackling the challenges of a drier, hotter, more fire-prone future

In a new EOS Opinion Article, MAPP Drought Task Force leaders Rong Fu, Andrew Hoell, Justin Mankin, and Isla Simpson, working with NIDIS staff member Amanda Sheffield, describe the disastrous impacts droughts, heat waves and fires have globally. They also highlight new MAPP- and NIDIS-funded research that tackles the challenges of a drier, hotter, more fire-prone future.
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