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How Much Snowpack in the Colorado River Basin Comes from Atmospheric Rivers? 24 August 2021

How Much Snowpack in the Colorado River Basin Comes from Atmospheric Rivers?

Since the Colorado River is the southwest United States’ most important surface water source, the findings have important implications for managing this resource in the face of a warming climate

CPO-funded Scientist Receives AMS Meisinger Award 24 August 2021

CPO-funded Scientist Receives AMS Meisinger Award

CPO-funded scientist Dr. Isla Simpson recently received The Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award from the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

Outcomes of the MAPP S2S Prediction Task Force 14 June 2021

Outcomes of the MAPP S2S Prediction Task Force

The Subseasonal to Seasonal (S2S) Prediction Task Force helped advance NOAA’s and the nation’s capability to model and predict sources of predictability between weather and seasonal timescales.
Greenhouse Gas and Aerosol Emissions are Lengthening and Intensifying Droughts 18 May 2021

Greenhouse Gas and Aerosol Emissions are Lengthening and Intensifying Droughts

CPO-funded study shows human-caused boost to drying in Americas, Africa, and Asia

“There has always been natural variability in drought events around the world, but our research shows the clear human influence on drying, specifically from anthropogenic aerosols, carbon dioxide, and other greenhouse gases,” said lead author Felicia Chiang from the University of California, Irvine. 

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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