The 2014/15 Tropical Cyclone Season was a very interesting and unique year. The seasonal outlook issued in October 2014 originally called for 8-12 named storms with one Australian Category 5. Predictions were based on similar years with El Niño neutral or weak seasons.
Climate Observations and Monitoring (COM)
CPO’s Programs are seeking applications for 10 individual competitions in FY 2016. We estimate that $14 million will be available through this Announcement in FY 2016 for approximately 100 new awards pending budget appropriations. It is anticipated that most awards will be at a funding level between $50,000 and $300,000 per year, with some exceptions for larger awards. Visit cpo.noaa.gov/GrantsandProjects.aspx for more detailed information and instructions.
During first week of May, scientists from 12 different countries met for the first Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) Pacific Islands Training Workshop on Ocean Observations and Data Applications in Koror, Palau. While they were there, they had an opportunity to meet with Palauan students and explore how the ocean is deeply embedded in their heritage.
With partial funding from CPO’s Climate Monitoring Division, Researchers at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography have published new research applying important “corrections” to two widely-used, long term satellite cloud data records (The International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) dataset and the Pathfinder Atmospheres–Extended (PATMOS-x) dataset).