NOAA Research grants to tackle changing coastal flooding, marine resources and drought highlighted by Universities across the US 4 December 2017

NOAA Research grants to tackle changing coastal flooding, marine resources and drought highlighted by Universities across the US

Seven leading U.S. academic institutions recently released announcements about their new NOAA Research awards for cutting-edge projects to tackle coastal flooding, changing marine resources and drought. The releases highlight the importance of the federal funding, received from the NOAA Research Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program, for the universities and NOAA’s services advancement, as well as the potential significant societal and economic impacts of their new projects.

Multi-year La Niña presents opportunity to predict drought impacts out to 2 years 16 November 2017

Multi-year La Niña presents opportunity to predict drought impacts out to 2 years

Two new NOAA-funded studies from scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have significantly improved scientists’ ability to predict the strength and duration of droughts caused by La Niña.

Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) features important work of MAPP-funded task force 14 November 2017

Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) features important work of MAPP-funded task force

The first volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) report, known as the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR), was released Friday, November 3rd, 2017 by the U.S. Global Change Research Program after years of writing and reviewing by experts from 13 federal agencies and the broader research community.

New research finds extreme thunderstorms could increase with warming temperatures in tropics and subtropics 13 November 2017

New research finds extreme thunderstorms could increase with warming temperatures in tropics and subtropics

Some of the world’s most intense thunderstorms, associated with destructive impacts like high winds, large hail, and flash floods, occur in the tropical and subtropical regions, including parts of the southern U.S. However, scientists have been uncertain about how such storms will respond in the context of warming temperatures.

NOAA’s Climate Program Office awards $38.8M to advance scientific understanding, improve predictions, and enhance community and coastal resilience 1 November 2017

NOAA’s Climate Program Office awards $38.8M to advance scientific understanding, improve predictions, and enhance community and coastal resilience

NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO), a part of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), has awarded $38.8 million for 78 new projects* in FY 2017. The projects — ranging from advancing the understanding and prediction of drought to building resilience in coastal communities — will expand the breadth and scope of NOAA’s current climate research and offers opportunities for NOAA to collaborate with outside experts and new stakeholders.

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