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]

Flash flooding from 4 to 7 inches of rain on September 29th, 2023. State of emergency declared. Prospect Park, By Wil540 art (CC BY-SA 4.0 license).

Biden–Harris Administration $80 Million Investing in America Agenda to Improve Flood Prediction

Funding supports NOAA’s efforts to upgrade the National Water Model and expand Flood Inundation Mapping services Last month, the Department of Commerce and NOAA’s Office of Water Prediction awarded the Next Generation Water Prediction Capability contract to Raytheon, an RTX Business. The $80 million, four-year contract will transform water prediction … [continued]