MAPP-funded researchers find predictability of warm West Coast ocean temperatures not solely due to El Niño 2 October 2019

MAPP-funded researchers find predictability of warm West Coast ocean temperatures not solely due to El Niño

During the winter of 2014 and 2015, the US west coast (USWC) experienced record high temperatures extending from Baja California to the Gulf of Alaska. This record warming, as high as 3°C in some areas, greatly impacted the California Current System (CCS) and Gulf of Alaska marine ecosystems. However, tropical Pacific sea surface temperature anomalies were weak during 2014, calling into question their role in the USWC warming period.

MAPP Program efforts helped advance understanding of tropical cyclone subseasonal variability and predictability 2 October 2019

MAPP Program efforts helped advance understanding of tropical cyclone subseasonal variability and predictability

A new review paper describes how MAPP-funded and organized work has contributed to recent progress in understanding tropical cyclones.

Why seasonal prediction skill changes over time 2 October 2019

Why seasonal prediction skill changes over time

The MAPP-funded study finds that ENSO, PDO, and other sources of abnormal sea surface temperatures serve as predictors for U.S. seasonal mean precipitation and that these sources change seasonally and decadally.

NOAA research shows promise for predicting marine heat waves 26 August 2019

NOAA research shows promise for predicting marine heat waves

Marine heatwaves, like the one that hit the U.S. west coast in 2014, can have devastating impacts on the environment and economy. 

Celebrating a Hidden Female Climate Science Pioneer 19 July 2019

Celebrating a Hidden Female Climate Science Pioneer

NOAA celebrated the 200th birthday of Eunice Newton Foote, hidden climate science pioneer and suffragette, whose research foreshadowed the discovery of Earth’s greenhouse effect.

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