A milestone in advancing the physical science basis of climate variability and change 27 September 2013

A milestone in advancing the physical science basis of climate variability and change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report on “The Physical Science Basis” of climate change has been completed and will appear online on Sept. 30, 2013. This report represents a milestone in the understanding of the Earth system and climate science. Scientific research funded by NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) is foundational to advancing IPCC reports. CPO supports climate science research reflected in the IPCC’s report through its Climate Observations and Monitoring (COM); Earth System Science (ESS); and Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) programs.

Marine aerosol workshop report released in Atmospheric Science Letters 3 July 2013

Marine aerosol workshop report released in Atmospheric Science Letters

Over forty scientists from six countries convened in Raleigh, NC on June 4–6 2012 to review the status and prospects of sea spray aerosol research. The conclusions of this workshop were outlined in a paper recently published on June 21 in Atmospheric Science Letters.
Nitrogen cycle interagency group meets at USGCR 18 June 2013

Nitrogen cycle interagency group meets at USGCR

Monika Kopacz of NOAA's Earth System Science program participated in a full-day meeting with a group of 21 agency and U.S. Global Change Research Program representatives aimed at improving interagency coordination of nitrogen cycle research and identifying opportunities for interagency collaboration. 

NOAA Supports Study of Urban Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Los Angeles 10 April 2013

NOAA Supports Study of Urban Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Los Angeles

A study by Jerome Brioude (of NOAA/ESRL/CSD and CIRES) and colleagues used data collected during NOAA's CalNex field campaign in California in 2010 to estimate emissions of CO, NOx and CO2 over the Los Angeles region.

New Study Reveals Pollution Doesn’t Change Rate of Cloud Droplet Formation 25 February 2013

New Study Reveals Pollution Doesn’t Change Rate of Cloud Droplet Formation

A CPO-supported study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggests that a long-held belief on cloud formation isn’t true. 
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