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CPO Supports the Pacific Island Climate Services Forum 30 January 2013

CPO Supports the Pacific Island Climate Services Forum

The Pacific Islands Climate Services Forum was held on January 21-25, 2013 at the University of the South Pacific Campus in Suva, Fiji. Hosted by the Pacific Climate Information System (PaCIS) through NOAA and the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PACE-SD), the Forum brought together almost 200 hundred people from the Pacific and the world to raise the awareness of and engage in a discussion about climate services.

Climate Central article highlights research on tropical links to cold air outbreaks over the eastern U.S. 30 January 2013

Climate Central article highlights research on tropical links to cold air outbreaks over the eastern U.S.

An article on ClimateCentral.org mentions a CPO-funded study published in the journal Climate Dynamics in 2012, in which Michelle L’Heureux and her colleagues found that when the Madden-Julian Ocillation is located in a particular phase, it can favor more cold air outbreaks over the eastern U.S. 
NOAA gives $3.5 million to help two states address impacts of climate 30 January 2013

NOAA gives $3.5 million to help two states address impacts of climate

Arizona and New Mexico will receive $3.5 million in grants from NOAA over five years to help them prepare for and adapt to climate variability and change. Seven smaller grants for one- and two-year projects were also awarded this week. 

MAPP Webinar 29 January 2013

MAPP Webinar

The NOAA CPO Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) program hosted a webinar on Tuesday, February 12 titled "Understanding and Monitoring Drought".

CPO-supported study finds energy use in cities has global climate effects 28 January 2013

CPO-supported study finds energy use in cities has global climate effects

The heat generated by everyday energy consumption in metropolitan areas is significant enough to influence the character of major atmospheric circulation systems, including the jet stream during winter months, and cause continental-scale surface warming in high latitudes, according to a trio of climate researchers that includes Ming Cai, a professor in Florida State University’s Department of Meteorology.


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