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Newswise: Plastic snowfall in the Alps
Released: 25-Jan-2022 5:05 AM EST
Plastic snowfall in the Alps
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

In a large-scale fundraising campaign, popular YouTubers like Mister Beast and Mark Rober are currently trying to rid the oceans of almost 14,000 tonnes of plastic waste. That's about 0.15 per cent of the amount that ends up in the oceans every year. But it's not just our waters that are full of plastic. A new study shows that the spread of nanoplastic through the air is a more widespread problem than previously thought.

Newswise: New ocean floats to boost global network essential for weather, climate research
Released: 15-Dec-2021 1:55 PM EST
New ocean floats to boost global network essential for weather, climate research
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and partners have joined together to launch approximately 100 new Argo floats across the Atlantic Ocean to collect data that supports ocean, weather and climate research and prediction. These will bolster the international Argo Program, which maintains a global array of about 3,800 floats that measure pressure, temperature, and salinity of the upper 2,000 meters (1.2 miles) of the ocean.

Released: 14-Dec-2021 2:55 PM EST
Argonne scientists advance global climate models by embarking on two new field campaigns
Argonne National Laboratory

Scientists from multiple national laboratories and universities are pursuing two new ARM field campaigns. The campaigns will track climate-related processes, delivering data that will be use to improve global climate models and simulations.

Newswise: Artificial intelligence can create better lightning forecasts
Released: 13-Dec-2021 2:45 PM EST
Artificial intelligence can create better lightning forecasts
University of Washington

New research shows that machine learning — computer algorithms that improve themselves without direct programming by humans — can be used to improve forecasts for lightning, one of the most destructive forces of nature.

Released: 10-Dec-2021 4:20 PM EST
Has winter blown off course? ASU professors discuss how a lack of snow is impacting drought, water supply, and tourism in the West
Arizona State University (ASU)

ASU News enlisted the state’s climatologist and a tourism expert to discuss this year’s cause and effects of snow, or lack thereof, and the impacts to our water supply and economy.

Released: 2-Dec-2021 6:15 PM EST
Climate modeling confirms historical records showing rise in hurricane activity
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

When forecasting how storms may change in the future, it helps to know something about their past. Judging from historical records dating back to the 1850s, hurricanes in the North Atlantic have become more frequent over the last 150 years.

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Released: 30-Nov-2021 12:20 PM EST
Windy Days May Be Good Against Covid-19
Stony Brook University

A new study led by Stony Brook University researchers indicates that low wind speeds and stale air are associated with a higher incidence of contracting Covid-19 when people socialize outside – perhaps as much as 45 percent more compared to when winds are stronger.

Released: 29-Nov-2021 4:05 PM EST
Eight worst wildfire weather years on record happened in the last decade: study
University of Alberta

The world’s eight most extreme wildfire weather years have occurred in the last decade, according to a new study that suggests extreme fire weather is being driven by a decrease in atmospheric humidity coupled with rising temperatures.

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Released: 23-Nov-2021 9:40 AM EST
Zeroing in on New Technologies to Better Define Tropical Storms
Stony Brook University

Pavlos Kollias, PhD, of Stony Brook University, is part of a new NASA Earth Science mission that aims to yield new information about tropical storm clouds –data that will help scientists better understand and predict the behavior of dangerous tropical storms and address a significant issue of climate change.

Released: 16-Nov-2021 6:35 PM EST
Air pollution decrease in India during COVID-19 lockdown not as high as originally thought
York University

Observational data shows air pollution in India decreased drastically in the first COVID-19 lockdown when emissions from vehicles naturally declined, but York University researchers say those numbers only tell part of the story – blue skies and an absence of visible smog can be deceiving and hide pollutants that could potentially cause health issues.

Newswise: Vermont is Getting Warmer and Wetter: Climate Change Study
9-Nov-2021 8:15 AM EST
Vermont is Getting Warmer and Wetter: Climate Change Study
University of Vermont

Vermont's average annual temperature has warmed by nearly 2°F, and precipitation has increased by a whopping 21%, since 1900.

Newswise: Better hurricane forecasts from use of infrared satellite measurements of cloudy skies
Released: 4-Nov-2021 1:10 AM EDT
Better hurricane forecasts from use of infrared satellite measurements of cloudy skies
Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Weather forecast models have long struggled to integrate satellite observations of infrared radiation in cloudy regions of the sky.

Newswise: Study explores the global distribution, trends and drivers of flash droughts
Released: 3-Nov-2021 12:40 PM EDT
Study explores the global distribution, trends and drivers of flash droughts
University of Oklahoma

Flash droughts are described as rapidly developing, unexpected periods of drought. These flash droughts can cause severe impacts to agricultural and ecological systems and cause ripple effects that extend even further.

Released: 2-Nov-2021 12:50 PM EDT
NYS Mesonet, NOAA Partner to Enhance Winter Weather Observations
University at Albany, State University of New York

Researchers at the New York State Mesonet are partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on a new project that aims to enhance winter storm observations using the network’s real-time data.

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Released: 28-Oct-2021 3:00 AM EDT
Improved DOE exascale Earth system model two times faster than previous version
Los Alamos National Laboratory

A new version of the Department of Energy’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) is two times faster than its earlier version released in 2018, allowing for more accurate and timely simulations of the changing climate.

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Released: 27-Oct-2021 11:30 AM EDT
Data from months in a fog paint a clearer picture for future forecasts
University of Notre Dame

C-FOG researchers recently identified several components of conventional weather models that had been leading to erroneous predictions relating to fog.

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25-Oct-2021 10:25 AM EDT
Using Overpasses as Shelter From Tornado?
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Meteorologists and emergency workers continue to contest the popular thinking that waiting out a tornado under an overpass is safe. According to the National Weather Service, doing so could actually increase the risk of death, in part because the wind from a tornado is thought to accelerate as it flows under the overpass, in what's known as the wind tunnel effect.

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13-Oct-2021 12:15 PM EDT
Newly funded NSF project will move UAH mobile atmospheric instruments to the forefront
University of Alabama Huntsville

A plan by three Department of Atmospheric and Earth Science faculty to offer University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) atmospheric measuring instruments and equipment to other atmospheric researchers has already proven to be exceptionally popular.

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Released: 13-Oct-2021 11:35 AM EDT
UAH, Spelman College join in research to improve air quality monitoring
University of Alabama Huntsville

Improved air quality monitoring is the goal of a research collaboration to develop a machine learning model that involves The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System, and Spelman College in Atlanta.

Released: 12-Oct-2021 12:25 PM EDT
FSU atmospheric scientist earns NOAA award to improve tropical forecast modeling
Florida State University

A Florida State University researcher has received funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to improve the accuracy of tropical cyclone formation forecasting. Allison Wing, assistant professor of meteorology in the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science, will use the three-year, $539,000 award to develop a new set of tools that identify tropical disturbances.

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Released: 11-Oct-2021 12:00 PM EDT
Los Alamos space scientist named American Geophysical Union Fellow
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Vania Jordanova, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Space Science and Applications group, was named fellow by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Jordanova is among 59 new fellows this year who will be honored at the AGU Fall Meeting. Since 1962, AGU has elected fewer than 0.1 percent of its members to join this prestigious group of individuals.

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Released: 6-Oct-2021 2:20 PM EDT
Newly available GPS data helps scientists better understand ionosphere
Los Alamos National Laboratory

A new data source to help scientists better understand the ionosphere and its potential impact on communications and positioning, navigation, and timing—an essential utility for many critical operations—is now available to the public.

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Released: 5-Oct-2021 4:15 PM EDT
FSU experts available to comment on science behind 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics
Florida State University

By: Bill Wellock | Published: October 5, 2021 | 3:15 pm | SHARE: The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three scientists for their work to understand complex physical systems and applying that knowledge to model the Earth’s climate.Syukuro Manabe of Princeton University, Klaus Hasselmann of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and Giorgio Parisi of Sapienza University of Rome shared the prestigious award.

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Released: 5-Oct-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Research showing increase in tropical cyclone rainfall could aid disaster planning
Indiana University

IU professor Justin T. Maxwell's paper "Recent increases in tropical cyclone precipitation extremes of the U.S. East Coast" provides data on inland flooding that could help communities be more prepared for the high amounts of rainfall produced by storms such as Hurricane Ida in the United States.

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Released: 4-Oct-2021 4:40 PM EDT
Mobile Observatory Surveys Manhattan Atmosphere
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Atmospheric scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have deployed a unique method of collecting climate data in cities, aiming to address infrastructure and energy needs across the Nation. Rather than relying on stationary instruments, researchers at Brookhaven’s Center for Multiscale Applied Sensing (CMAS) have integrated sophisticated research tools into a pickup truck, creating a mobile observatory that captures precise, local data on wind, temperature, rain, and clouds across entire cities.

Released: 30-Sep-2021 12:00 PM EDT
UAlbany Researchers Partner to Improve Forecasting, Communication of Extreme Heatwaves in NYC
University at Albany, State University of New York

The project aims to equip New York City with a new set of tools that can be incorporated into decision-making around preparedness and response to extreme heat events.

Released: 29-Sep-2021 3:05 PM EDT
Saint Louis University Earns NWS StormReady Designation
Saint Louis University

The National Weather Service has designated Saint Louis University as StormReady, thanks to the efforts of SLU meteorology students. The StormReady program focuses on communication, mitigation, and community preparedness to save lives and property from severe weather.

Released: 27-Sep-2021 3:50 PM EDT
Department of Energy to Provide $14 Million for Atmospheric System Research
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced plans to provide $14 million for new grants to universities, other academic institutions, non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, and other federal agencies within the area of Atmospheric System Research (ASR).

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Released: 27-Sep-2021 12:15 PM EDT
Does Pollution Make Thunderstorms More Severe?
Brookhaven National Laboratory

A team of atmospheric scientists from around the nation is descending on the Houston, Texas, area for the next 14 months to seek answers to a vexing question: Do tiny specks of soot, dust, smoke, and other particles suspended in Earth’s atmosphere help determine the severity of thunderstorms? The knowledge gained may make weather forecasts more accurate and provide crucial data for improving predictions about how aerosols may affect Earth’s future climate.

Released: 23-Sep-2021 4:45 PM EDT
Artificial intelligence may be set to reveal climate-change tipping points
University of Waterloo

Researchers are developing artificial intelligence that could assess climate change tipping points. The deep learning algorithm could act as an early warning system against runaway climate change.

Released: 22-Sep-2021 4:00 PM EDT
Artificial Intelligence Brings Better Hurricane Predictions
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

A new model offers more accurate predictions of how intensely hurricanes may strike.

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Released: 21-Sep-2021 2:55 PM EDT
For hurricane victims, prolonged disruption of utilities, limited preparation lead to longer recovery times
University of Notre Dame

Studying major hurricanes Notre Dame researcher, Sisi Meng, found that the fate of hurricane victims depends on a number of factors including how well-prepared they are, whether they have weathered a hurricane before and how quickly their utility services are restored.

Released: 21-Sep-2021 11:10 AM EDT
Weather can affect pain tolerance, reports study in PAIN®
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

Can the weather affect pain from conditions like arthritis or migraine? It may sound like an old superstition – but on some standard quantitative sensory tests, weather-related factors do indeed affect pain tolerance, suggests a study in PAIN®, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Released: 20-Sep-2021 5:45 PM EDT
Missing wind variability means future impacts of climate change may be underestimated in Europe and North America
University of Reading

Climate models may be underestimating the impact climate change will have on the UK, North America and other extratropical regions due to a crucial missing element, new research has shown.

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Released: 15-Sep-2021 4:05 AM EDT
Jet stream changes could amplify weather extremes by 2060s
University of Arizona

New research provides insights into how the position and intensity of the North Atlantic jet stream has changed during the past 1,250 years.

Released: 13-Sep-2021 10:45 AM EDT
Rutgers to Lead Regional Large-Scale Coastlines and People Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub with Nearly $20M from National Science Foundation
Rutgers University's Office for Research

Advancing its mission and leadership role to improve climate risk management critical to societal well-being, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey will lead a multi-university Megalopolitan Coastal Transformation Hub (MACH) made possible by a grant through the National Science Foundation’s Coastlines and People (CoPe) Program with expected total funding of $19.9+ million over the next five years.

Released: 8-Sep-2021 3:40 PM EDT
Officials leading hurricane response need ‘risk literacy’
Ohio State University

New research suggests that emergency management officials often do not have the numeracy skills needed to make the best decisions based on data they receive about which residents to evacuate during a hurricane and when to make the decision.

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Released: 8-Sep-2021 12:40 PM EDT
Developing Digital Twins for Improved Hurricane Prediction
Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences

UT's Oden Institute will lead an interdisciplinary research project to develop a computational “digital twin” framework for storm surge modeling in the Gulf Coast that bridges the gap between multi-physics simulations and knowledge discovery through artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies.

Newswise: Hurricane Ida ‘may be one of the best observed landfalling hurricanes’
Released: 3-Sep-2021 11:50 AM EDT
Hurricane Ida ‘may be one of the best observed landfalling hurricanes’
University of Oklahoma

A research team led by Michael Biggerstaff, a professor of meteorology in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, successfully captured data with mobile radars and other weather instruments as Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana.

Newswise: Sandia Uncovers Hidden Factors That Affect Solar Farms During Severe Weather
Released: 31-Aug-2021 10:35 AM EDT
Sandia Uncovers Hidden Factors That Affect Solar Farms During Severe Weather
Sandia National Laboratories

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories researchers combined large sets of real-world solar data and advanced machine learning to study the impacts of severe weather on U.S. solar farms, and sort out what factors affect energy generation. Their results were published earlier this month in the scientific journal Applied Energy.

Released: 24-Aug-2021 12:20 PM EDT
Would we still have severe thunderstorms over North America if the Gulf of Mexico were filled in with land?
Purdue University

The eastern half of the U.S is one of the principal hot spots for severe thunderstorm activity, especially tornadoes, globally.

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Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

Newswise: Increased snowfall will offset sea level rise from melting Antarctic ice sheet, new study finds
Released: 19-Aug-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Increased snowfall will offset sea level rise from melting Antarctic ice sheet, new study finds
University of Bristol

A new study predicts that any sea level rise in the world’s most southern continent will be countered by an increase in snowfall, associated with a warmer Polar atmosphere. Using modern methods to calculate projected changes to sea levels, researchers discovered that the two ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica respond differently, reflecting their very distinct local climates.

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Released: 12-Aug-2021 8:30 AM EDT
FAU Experts for the 2021 Hurricane Season
Florida Atlantic University

With hurricane season in full force, several Florida Atlantic University faculty experts are available to discuss various issues surrounding hurricane preparedness, evacuation and aftermath.

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Released: 11-Aug-2021 12:45 PM EDT
Project Funded to Digitize and Mine Weather Data From Whaling Logbooks
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole, MA (August 11, 2021) — An ongoing collaborative effort by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMassD), and Providence Public Library (PPL), has received a grant from Rhode Island-based FM Global, an insurance company that has focused on research and science-based ways to mitigate property risk for years.

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5-Aug-2021 1:40 PM EDT
NAU’s Kaufman Lead Author on IPCC Global Climate Change Report
Northern Arizona University

Team of NAU paleoclimatologists contribute to major report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, forming scientific underpinnings for negotiations to limit carbon emissions worldwide

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Released: 6-Aug-2021 8:45 AM EDT
New, High-Resolution Models Merge Weather and Climate
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Torrential rain and flooding have dominated the weather over the past few weeks. To forecast these weather events with greater accuracy and gain a better understanding of them against the backdrop of global climate change, ETH Zurich and partners are developing a new generation of high-resolution weather and climate models.

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Released: 4-Aug-2021 12:40 PM EDT
Flood Risks Were Clearly Underestimated
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

To better estimate flood risks, risk maps should also consider historical data.

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Released: 4-Aug-2021 9:00 AM EDT
World-Renowned Data Science Experts to Discuss the Future of Digital Fairness
Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

ICDS's two-day Fall Symposium will be held Oct. 6 and 7, bringing together researchers from around the U.S. to discuss data, equity, reproducibility and other topics related to fairness in data science.

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