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Jonathan Stratman of DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory examined the ArcticShark UAS as part of the testing at the Pendleton UAS range in Oregon. Image courtesy of Jason Tomlinson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, DOE ARM user facility.

Unmanned Aerial Systems Propel Atmospheric Science Forward

High in the sky over an Alaskan tundra, a small aircraft ran the same pattern over and over again. It swooped through clouds and flew down close to the ground. But there were no people experiencing the flight from inside the plane — it was an unmanned aerial system (UAS). … [continued]

U.S. DOE & Partners Kick Off Groundbreaking Initiative to Improve Accurate Forecasting & Ensure Sustainability…

Wind Forecast Improvement Project will Monitor Weather, Ocean, and Wildlife Data Near Active and Proposed Offshore Wind Farms off the East Coast Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched an 18-month initiative to gather extensive weather, ocean, and wildlife data near the sites … [continued]

A Department of Energy grant will support the conversion of NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory to solar power. Lava flows released during the volcano’s 2022 eruption buried a mile of the access road and destroyed adjacent power lines below the eight-acre campus. Credit: Christine Smith, NOAA

U.S. Department of Energy to Help NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory Go Net-Zero

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded NOAA $5 million to support the conversion of the Mauna Loa atmospheric baseline observatory in Hawaii to a net-zero carbon facility. The award, part of $250 million in funding announced by DOE’s Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) program, will help NOAA’s Global … [continued]

An early photo of a huge smoke cloud from the Bootleg wildfire in Oregon. July 17, 2021. A huge plume of smoke erupts from the Bootleg wildfire in Oregon early in its development on July 17, 2021. (Image credit: InciWeb via

$34 Million for Fire Weather Research Through Investing in America Agenda

Today, the Department of Commerce and NOAA announced the award of more than $34 million to reduce the risk to Americans’ lives and property from wildfires. This funding will be provided over five years to six research universities in NOAA’s Cooperative Institute system to support wildfire preparedness and response as … [continued]

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Accelerating Power At Sea For A Thriving Blue Economy

New Prize Challenges Competitors To Seek Innovative Solutions To Help Ensure Energy Endurance in Ocean Extremes The ocean contains enough water to fill quintillions of gallon-sized containers. It is no surprise then that these vast waters hide mysteries, many of which remain beyond humanity’s reach. But some mysteries—like brewing superstorms and … [continued]

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International Report Confirms Record-High Greenhouse Gases & Global Sea Levels in 2022

Greenhouse gas concentrations, global sea level and ocean heat content reached record highs in 2022, according to the 33rd annual State of the Climate report (PDF here). The international annual review of the world’s climate, led by scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and published by the Bulletin … [continued]

Side-by-side maps showing flood days due to seal level rise compared to days due to El Niño (Left) Graphs of number of high-tide flooding days per year (gray line and dots) from 1960 through 2022 from NOAA tide gauges in Norfolk, Virginia (top), and Los Angeles, California, (bottom). The gray dashed line shows the long-term increasing trend (note the accelerating trend in Norfolk). The gray shading at the end of the time series indicates the likely range of values that would be predicted for 2023-24 based solely on extrapolating the long-term trend. The red shading indicates the official 2023-2024 Hide-Tide Flooding Outlook, which provides the ‘likely range’ of high-tide flooding days over the course of the year. The higher number of predicted flood days in the official outlook relative to the extrapolated trend reflects the expected effects of the predicted moderate-to-strong El Niño through the upcoming winter. (Right panel) Locations where El Niño influences annual high-tide flooding frequencies. Black dots represent locations with no statistically significant influence. Note that the El Niño influence varies slightly both spatially and through time, but not much--see previous NOAA High Tide Flood Outlook reports (listed in footnote 3). NOAA image, adapted form original by Billy Sweet.

El Niño Means An Even Floodier Future Is On The Coastal Horizon

This is a guest post by Dr. William Sweet and colleagues Dr. Greg Dusek, Dr. John Callahan, Analise Keeney, and Karen Kavanaugh with NOAA’s National Ocean Service who are advancing the science and services to track and predict coastal flood risk in the face of sea level rise.