2016 North American Drought, Wildfire and Climate Services Forum: Meeting Report 12 December 2016

2016 North American Drought, Wildfire and Climate Services Forum: Meeting Report

On June 21-23, 2016, the North American Climate Services Partnership (NACSP) joined with the biennial North American Drought Monitor (NADM) Forum and annual North American Fire Forecasting Workshop to convene a joint workshop in Fort Worth, Texas, on drought, wildfire and climate services across North America. Click here for a summary report of the meeting.

What’s behind the extreme atmospheric ridges causing California’s droughts? 29 November 2016

What’s behind the extreme atmospheric ridges causing California’s droughts?

New NOAA-funded research in the Journal of Climate uncovers the processes behind the persistent atmospheric ridge of high pressure off the west coast of North America, associated with California’s damaging droughts.
How the warm water of the northeastern Pacific persisted and whether scientists could have predicted it 8 November 2016

How the warm water of the northeastern Pacific persisted and whether scientists could have predicted it

A new study published in the Journal of Climate investigates the evolution and predictability of the abnormally warm water that emerged in October 2013 and persisted until June 2016 in the northeastern Pacific, colloquially known as “the Blob”.
NOAA’s Climate Program Office awards $44.3M to advance climate research, improve community resilience 3 October 2016

NOAA’s Climate Program Office awards $44.3M to advance climate research, improve community resilience

NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) has awarded $44.34 million for 73 new projects designed to help advance the understanding, modeling, and prediction of Earth’s climate system and to foster effective decision making.

Sea level in Indian Ocean shows abrupt rise, new study says 28 September 2016

Sea level in Indian Ocean shows abrupt rise, new study says

A CPO-funded study was recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, showing an abrupt sea level rise in the northern Indian Ocean since 2003.

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