Cross-posted from USGS , a member of the U.S. Global Change Research Program Spring rains in the eastern Horn of Africa are projected to begin late this year and be substantially lower than normal. From March - May, the rains are expected to total only 60 to 85 percentage of the average rainfall in this region. This is a significant deterioration
PostedApr 4, 2012
Last month, USGCRP's Carbon Cycle Science Program facilitated a series of briefings for the release of the 2011 U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Plan, a document that will serve to guide carbon cycle research in the United States over the next decade.
PostedMar 30, 2012
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming conference call meeting of the DoC NOAA National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC).
PostedMar 27, 2012
Physical Climate, Observations, Extreme Events
Phil Duffy, Senior Policy Analyst, Becky Fried, Policy Analyst, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President New data released last week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) showed that the 2011-2012 winter season was the fourth warmest ever recorded in the United States. The data were
PostedMar 27, 2012
Carbon Cycle, Arctic
A new study by USGS scientists and university researchers reveals that a substantial amount of organic carbon on Alaskan glaciers comes from atmospheric deposition of fossil fuel emissions.
PostedMar 21, 2012
Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Extreme Events
As the climate gets warmer, many forests are feeling the heat. Impacts range from increased forest fire hazards and tree mortality to detrimental beetle outbreaks and alterations to leaf abundance and bloom.
PostedMar 19, 2012
Oceans, Observations, Arctic
A new NASA study shows that the average thickness of sea ice in the Arctic is on the decline.
PostedMar 16, 2012
Physical Climate, Observations, Energy
NASA's most recently launched earth-observing satellite, Suomi NPP, is proving to pack both beauty and brains. Since its launch into space in October, Suomi NPP has taken some of the most stunning images of Earth ever generated and, at the same time, has begun to collect critical data about Earth's environment and atmosphere.
PostedMar 14, 2012
This week, the U.S. Global Change Research Program launched a revamped Resource Library website for easier, more intuitive access to Federal global change resources. The Resource Library, USGCRPs access hub for publications, reports, and other global change resources, fulfills the Congressional mandate for a Global Change Research Information Office (GCRIO).
PostedMar 13, 2012
Oceans, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Carbon Cycle
A new study concludes that the current rate of ocean acidification is higher than at any time in at least the last 300 million years and attributes this ecosystem -threatening change to the huge quantities of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere from fossil-fuel burning and deforestation.