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April 11, 2013
 
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This page features some of the latest Air and Climate news at NASA. Visitors are encouraged to check back often to view additional announcements and updates. To read more news about climate change at NASA's Global Climate Change website, click here.

 

November 8th, 2013 - Study Finds Climate Link to 'Atmospheric River' Storms

 

A new NASA-led study of "atmospheric river" storms from the Pacific Ocean may help scientists better predict major winter snowfalls that hit West Coast mountains and lead to heavy spring runoff and sometimes flooding.

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March 15, 2013 - In a Warming World, Storms May Be Fewer but Stronger

 

Hurricane Sandy approaches the Atlantic coast of the U.S. in the early morning hours of October 29, 2012. (NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using VIIRS Day-Night Band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership.)

NASA Scientists investigate how climate change affects extreme weather. Few images are as beautiful and as terrifying as a satellite view of a hurricane about to make landfall. On October 29, 2012, the Suomi NPP satellite captured an ominous nighttime view of Sandy-an enormous hybrid storm that was part hurricane, part Nor'easter-churning off the coast of New Jersey.

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March 11, 2013 - Amplified Greenhouse Effect Shifts North's Growing Seasons

 



Of the 10 million square miles of northern vegetated lands, 34 to 41 percent showed increases in plant growth, 3 to 5 percent showed decreases in plant growth, and 51 to 62 percent showed no changes over the past 30 years. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Vegetation growth at Earth's northern latitudes increasingly resembles lusher latitudes to the south, according to a NASA-funded study based on a 30-year record of land surface and newly improved satellite data sets.

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February 27, 2013 - Campaign to diagnose air quality concludes in California

 



The NASA P-3B made low approaches at local airports during the mission, getting as low as 100 feet to make key air quality measurements. Shown here is the Bakersfield regional airport. Credit: NASA/Suzanne Crumeyrolle

NASA's DISCOVER-AQ team completed an intense flight and ground-based air quality research campaign in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California this month. This is the second destination in a five-year mission to study air pollution in the part of the atmosphere where people live and breathe, a region called the boundary layer.

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January 16, 2013 - NASA Ozone Study May Benefit Air Standards, Climate

 



Contributions of nitrogen dioxide emissions - the primary source of ozone- to the global average thermal absorption of ozone as observed by the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer instrument on NASA's Aura spacecraft in Aug. 2006. Image credit: NASA-JPL/Caltech/CU-Boulder

A new NASA-led study finds that when it comes to combating global warming caused by emissions of ozone-forming chemicals, location matters.

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Jan 15, 2013 - NASA Finds 2012 Sustained Long-Term Climate Warming Trend

 



This map represents global temperature anomalies averaged from 2008 through 2012. Data source: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Visualization credit: NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio

NASA scientists say 2012 was the ninth warmest of any year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1988, the nine warmest years in the 132-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the hottest years on record.

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June 6th,2012 - Lord of the Rings: The march of time

 



Lord of the Rings: The march of time

This article details how researchers often can use natural records of climate change, such as tree rings, ice cores, fossilized pollen, and ancient coral reefs. Taking tree rings in particular, depending on the width of the rings researchers can find out many details about the climate during a certain period of time.

June 6th, 2012 - Lord of the Rings: The march of time

 

May 14th, 2012 - NASA's new carbon-counting instrument leaves the nest

 



NASA's new carbon-counting instrument leaves the nest

NASA scientists have finally finished construction of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2 ) instrument, NASA's first mission dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide. The OCO-2 has been sent to its integration and test site in Gilbert, Arizona, where it will be thoroughly tested before being stored while its launch vehicle is prepared.

May 14th, 2012 - NASA's new carbon-counting instrument leaves the nest

 

February 08, 2012 - NASA Mission Takes Stock of Earth's Melting Land Ice

 



Grace land and ice study

This article discusses NASA's growing concern with the melting ice caps in Antarctica and Greenland. Using satellite imagining from 2003-2010 researchers were able to determine the amount of ice loss and analyze the effects of the ice loss on Earth's ecological system.

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December 14, 2011 - More shrubbery in a warming world

 



Shrubs and climate

This article goes into detail about the drastic ecological changes that many ecosystems could be taking on due to global climate change in the coming century. Research done at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory believe that by 2100 nearly 40 percent of land-based ecosystems will be converted to another major ecological community type due to the affects of global climate change.

December 14, 2011 – More shrubbery in a warming world

 

December 5, 2011 – What Would Pristine Air Mean for the Climate?

 



Pristine air

This article discusses what the world would be like if all aerosols floating around in the air of the United States suddenly disappeared and the effects it would have on the climate. Lorretta Mickley, a climatologist and aerosol expert from Harvard University, has been researching the question. She believes that the elimination of the "direct effect" of aerosols would increase the ground temperatures across the eastern United States, cause more springtime rainfall, and drive an uptick in heat waves.

December 5, 2011 – What Would Pristine Air Mean for the Climate?

 

August 02, 2011 – NASA satellite tracks severity of African drought

 



African drought

This article gives an overview of satellite data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) tracking the extreme drought in Northeast Africa. The U.S. Department of State says the drought is affecting over 11.5 million people. Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory created a climatology for the region by averaging eight year of July AIRS surface relative humidity data from 2003 through 2010, and then subtracting the result from the AIRS relative humidity date for July 1-18. 2011.

August 02, 2011 – NASA satellite tracks severity of African drought

 

April 22, 2011 – Probing the Impact of Climate Change on Wildlife, Ecosystems

 



The impact of climate change on wildlife and ecosystems

This article discusses the impact that global climate change has on various wildlife and ecosystems throughout the world. NASA has paired with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Department of the Interior to conduct new research and applications efforts that will bring the global view of climate from space down to Earth to benefit wildlife and key ecosystems.

April 22, 2011 – Probing the Impact of Climate Change on Wildlife, Ecosystems

 

February 20, 2011 – Cleaning the Air Would Limit Short-Term Climate Warming

 



Drew Shindell

This article discusses an assessment report from the United Nations Environmental Program and the World Meteorological Organization that shows that reducing emissions of two common air pollutants-black carbon and gases integral to the production of ground level ozone-could slow the rate of climate change markedly over the next half century.

February 20, 2011 – Cleaning the Air Would Limit Short-Term Climate Warming

 

April 08, 2010 - Aerosols May Drive a Significant Portion of Arctic Warming

 



Aerosols and climate

This article discusses the findings of NASA climate scientists Drew Shindell, who found that mid and high latitudes are especially responsive to changes in the level of aerosols. His model suggests that aerosols contribute to more than 45 percent or more of the warming that has occurred in the Arctic during the last three decades.

April 08, 2010 - Aerosols May Drive a Significant Portion of Arctic Warming

 
 
 
 
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