After a 41-year career at the forefront of climate science, Tom Karl, Director of the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR), has retired from Federal service . Tom served his entire career with NOAA , taking the reins of NCEI (formerly the National Climatic Data Center
PostedOct 9, 2015
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released two reports that provide detailed comparisons of phases 3 and 5 of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP3 and CMIP5) for the United States. Understanding the strengths of these simulations and the differences among models is important for sustained assessment
PostedJun 5, 2015
Oceans, Physical Climate, Observations
A NOAA-led study refutes the much-publicized idea that there has been a recent slowdown or “hiatus” in the rate of global warming . The study finds that global warming during the last 15 years has progressed as fast or faster than during the latter half of the 20th century.
PostedMay 1, 2015
Physical Climate, Modeling
A new white paper highlights outcomes from the first annual U.S. Climate Modeling Summit. The Summit brought together leadership from the country’s six premier climate modeling centers to strategize around priorities of national interest—from experimental efforts that move science forward to forecasts and projections that inform on-the-ground decisions.
PostedApr 24, 2015
Water Resources, Land Use & Land Cover, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Carbon Cycle, Adaptation
The Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced four collaborative landscape partnerships to make important lands and waters more resilient to climate change . Federal agencies will work with local, state, and tribal organizations in southwest Florida, Hawaiʻi, Washington, and the Great Lakes.
PostedApr 12, 2015
Physical Climate, Mitigation, Carbon Cycle, Arctic
A new synthesis published in Nature suggests that thawing Arctic permafrost will release greenhouse gases gradually, rather than in a sudden "bomb". The gradual rate of these natural emissions may give society more time to adapt to their effects, but they remain a challenge for climate mitigation .
PostedJan 16, 2015
Oceans, Physical Climate, Observations, International
2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest since record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by scientists at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
PostedDec 17, 2014
Modeling, Carbon Cycle
NASA scientists used an ultra-high-resolution supercomputer model to simulate how carbon dioxide moves through Earth’s atmosphere. Watch an animation of the model's output to see carbon dioxide swirling across the globe in stunning detail.
PostedDec 4, 2014
A new Administration initiative aims to “lift America’s game” in climate education, literacy, and training. USGCRP agencies will play a central part in this effort to connect students and citizens with the best-available scientific information about climate change .
PostedNov 25, 2014
In the Caribbean, the economic importance of agriculture and tourism—combined with rural poverty and vulnerability to extreme events like hurricanes and droughts—makes adapting to climate change an urgent necessity. The International Research and Applications Project (IRAP) aims to build resilience in the Caribbean through a better understanding of how climate information can enable regional risk management .