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Earth System Science and Modeling (ESSM)

African air quality: framework for a proactive observing and modeling strategy

The public health threat of air pollution in Africa, which already results in 1.1 million premature deaths annually, is expected to intensify under rapid urbanization and population growth. To develop strategies for improving air quality monitoring and research in East Africa, scientists from around the world convened for workshops virtually in 2021 and in-person in […]

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Improving extreme rainfall predictions: the limits of high-resolution climate models

The Climate Program Office supported a new study published in Earth’s Future that advances efforts to improve projections of how extreme rainfall will increase as global temperatures rise. Extreme rainfall events have significant environmental and societal impacts such as floods or water shortages. The general circulation models scientists use to predict extreme rainfall trends typically

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New discovery in atmospheric chemistry helps predict methane’s role in climate change

In a study published in Science, scientists describe a newly discovered reaction that improves modeling of methane in the atmosphere. Modeling methane’s atmospheric lifetime is important to understanding how the potent greenhouse gas contributes to climate change. To date, models consistently overestimate the amount of hydroxyl radicals (OH), the molecules responsible for breaking down methane,

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Image of dried up, drought-stricken lake in California.

Biden-harris administration awards $4.9 to advance drought monitoring and prediction in u.s. west through the investing in america agenda

Today, the NOAA announced $4.9 million in funding for the agency’s labs and research partners to improve drought monitoring and prediction in the American West.  This research combines $3.1 million in funding from NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) program and $1.8 million from the Inflation Reduction Act to improve decision-makers’ capacity to protect life, property and ecosystems

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Drought in Lake Oroville

Biden-Harris Administration awards $4.9 million to advance drought monitoring and prediction in the West through the Investing in America agenda

Today, the Department of Commerce and NOAA announced $4.9 million in funding for NOAA labs and external partners to improve drought monitoring and prediction in the American West. For more information on the seven funded projects, see the full list.

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