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Study Shows That Climate Change is the Main Driver of Increasing Fire Weather in the Western United States 12 November 2021

Study Shows That Climate Change is the Main Driver of Increasing Fire Weather in the Western United States

A new study, part of NOAA's Drought Task Force IV research, shows the leading cause of the rapid increase of wildfires over the western U.S. is the rapid increase of surface air vapor pressure deficit.

Why are Hurricanes So Sharp? 2 November 2021

Why are Hurricanes So Sharp?

A new framework helps explain why the Atlantic hurricane season is most intense, or sharp, between August and October.

Using Global-Scale Earth System Models for Regional Fisheries Applications 12 October 2021

Using Global-Scale Earth System Models for Regional Fisheries Applications

New research highlights the key structural differences among the most recent generation of earth system models that matter most to regional fisheries end users.

CPO-funded scientist named one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10” 1 October 2021

CPO-funded scientist named one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10”

MAPP-funded scientist Dr. Alison Wing was recognized for her work using models and simulations that could help predict how a hotter planet will reshape clouds and storms and whether these changes will, in turn, exacerbate global warming.
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.

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