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Study Finds Increasing Widespread Western U.S. Fire Danger and Fire Suppression Resource Strain 21 January 2021

Study Finds Increasing Widespread Western U.S. Fire Danger and Fire Suppression Resource Strain

Widespread fire danger and fire activity during active fire seasons can overwhelm fire suppression resource capacity, limiting the effectiveness of managing fires and potentially increasing fire impacts.

Planning Ahead for Climate Change Protects Fish and Fisheries with Few Trade-offs, Study Says 21 January 2021

Planning Ahead for Climate Change Protects Fish and Fisheries with Few Trade-offs, Study Says

As our climate warms, some marine species are moving northward, diving deeper or shifting their distribution in search of cooler waters, affecting fisheries and fishing communities. But uncertainty regarding whether the benefits of proactively planning for these shifts outweigh the costs has remained a barrier for some to incorporate climate change impacts into ocean plans.  

New Drought.gov a One-stop NOAA Resource for All Things Drought 15 January 2021

New Drought.gov a One-stop NOAA Resource for All Things Drought

The CPO-led National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), has launched a redesigned U.S. Drought Portal to better serve stakeholders, decisionmakers, the media, and the public. 

New report highlights Alaska's vast, complex, and changing wildfire environment 16 December 2020

New report highlights Alaska's vast, complex, and changing wildfire environment

An intensified pattern of wildfire is emerging in Alaska as rapidly increasing temperatures and longer growing seasons alter the state's environment.

Profiles in Climate: Sylvia Dee 1 December 2020

Profiles in Climate: Sylvia Dee

“Everyone here is smart. Distinguish yourself by being kind.” – Emily Bernhardt, ecologist and biogeochemist

Those are words to live by for Dr. Sylvia Dee, a climate scientist funded by the NOAA Climate Program Office’s Climate Observations and Monitoring Program and head of the Climate, Water, and Energy Lab at Rice University.

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