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Officials Fear Whale Facing Extinction

Scientists are raising a red flag over the future of endangered right whales after a high number died in 2017. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates that there are only about 450 North Atlantic right whales left after 17 were reported dead this year, according to Phys.org...

NOAA satellite data illuminate oil production trends in Iraq and Syria

Between 2014 and 2016, it was taxation and extortion—not oil—that filled the coffers of the militant Islamic group ISIS, according to a new assessment that relied on NOAA satellite data. The publication also describes how anyone can use rapidly updated NOAA data to quickly assess the production status of oil wells around the world.

NOAA satellite data illuminate oil production trends in Iraq and Syria

(University of Colorado at Boulder) A heat-sensing satellite technology developed by University of Colorado Boulder and NOAA researchers can detect nighttime flares at oil wells, allowing for rapid assessment of production levels anywhere in the world.

Birth of a storm in the Arabian Sea validates climate model

Researchers from Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report in the journal Nature Climate Change that extreme cyclones that formed in the Arabian Sea for the first time in 2014 are the result of global warming and will likely increase in frequency. Show More Summary

Birth of a storm in the Arabian Sea validates climate model

(Princeton University) Researchers from Princeton University and NOAA report in the journal Nature Climate Change that extreme cyclones that formed in the Arabian Sea for the first time in 2014 are the result of global warming and will likely increase in frequency. Show More Summary

Researchers sniff out the effects of ocean acidification on salmon navigation

New research shows ocean acidification could affect salmon’s ability to smell, which the fish rely on to avoid predators and return to their natal rivers. Researchers from the University of Washington and NOAA are investigating the potential effects of acidification on the nation’s wild salmon runs. This could be an even bigger problem in salmon-rich […]

Here Are 4 Things We Can Do to Combat Climate Change Now

Earlier this month, 13 US government agencies (NOAA, NASA, DOE, etc.) concluded that climate change is real and caused mainly by human activity. There is no question that this is happening… The only question now is: what do we do about it? This post looks at four options: Pass government legislation that incentivizes carbon abatement. […]

Drone photos offer faster, cheaper data on key Antarctic species

(NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region) Scientists flying drones in Antarctica have demonstrated a cheaper, faster and simpler way to gauge the condition of leopard seals, which can weigh more than a half ton and reflect the health of the Antarctic ecosystem that they and a variety of commercial fisheries rely on.

Senators question whether Trump’s NOAA nominee would sever ties with family-owned AccuWeather

If confirmed, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Barry Lee Myers, pledged to separate himself from AccuWeather, a company where Myers has worked as chief executive since 2007. At his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, Myers said he will sell his ownership interests in AccuWeather and any related companies. […]

Trump’s NOAA Pick Gets Climate Change, But Could Still Weaken Key Science Agency

Barry Myers, chief executive of AccuWeather, has previously pushed to privatize weather data.

Trump’s NOAA nominee reluctantly admits humans are the main cause of climate change

President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) admitted to senators during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday that humans are the main cause of climate change, contradicting the statements of the president and several of his cabinet secretaries. Show More Summary

Ribbed mussels could help improve urban water quality

(NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center) Ribbed mussels can remove nitrogen and other excess nutrients from an urban estuary and could help improve water quality in other urban and coastal locations, according to a study in New York City's Bronx River. Show More Summary

Satellite shows storms on both US coasts for Thanksgiving travelers

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Satellites are keeping an eye on the US and NOAA's GOES East satellite showed two storm systems for pre-Thanksgiving travelers on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. One system was exiting the northeastern US while the other was affecting the Pacific Northwest.

Shifting presence of North Atlantic right whales tracked with passive acoustics

(NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center) A new study confirms what marine mammal researchers have suspected for a while: right whales use nearly the entire eastern seaboard during the winter, and they move around a lot more than was previously thought. How long they spend in some areas of their range has also changed in recent years.

This new satellite could produce the most accurate weather predictions yet

NASA has just sent the newest NOAA weather satellite into space. The Joint Polar Satellite System-1, or JPSS-1, will give the nation a powerful new tool for predicting natural disasters.

NASA CubeSat to test miniaturized weather satellite technology

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The NASA-funded CubeSat, called Microwave Radiometer Technology Acceleration (MiRaTA), will be launched into Earth's orbit from the rocket carrying the next big US weather satellite (NOAA's JPSS-1) into space. Show More Summary

The world's most critical weather satellite fleet is about to get a new member

NOAA's JPSS-1 is the first in the next generation of satellites that provide 85 percent of the input data for weather forecast models.

Rina now a large post-Tropical Storm in North Central Atlantic

Tropical Storm Rina has lost its tropical characteristics and has become post-tropical as it continues to move through the Central North Atlantic Ocean. NOAA's GOES East satellite provided a visible image of the storm.

Understanding ocean acidification using NOAAs new educational tools (webinar)

Description:  Tuesday 13 March 2018, 6pm – 7pm Speaker: Amy Dean, National Estuarine Research Reserve System Abstract: Data in the Classroom (https://dataintheclassroom.noaa.gov/) is designed to help teachers and students use real scientific...Show More Summary

Four security officers at federal site arrested, accused of extorting fellow guards

Guards at NOAA demanded payouts in exchange for passing marks on mandatory firearms exams.

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