A team of scientists found that a strengthened change in ocean temperatures from west to east (or gradient) in the tropical Pacific during the preceding winter is the main driver of more frequent heat waves in Texas.
Check out research and program highlights, as well as MAPP Task Force updates.
NOAA’s Modeling, Analysis, Predictions and Projections program (MAPP) and NIDIS have just launched an interactive presentation that analyzes and explains the historic drought that impacted California from 2011 to 2017. This presentation, called a “Story Map” takes users through a visual history of the drought, using images and graphs to provide an interactive and engaging experience.
Participants from NOAA and its 12 testbeds, including NOAA MAPP Program-funded investigators leading projects under the Climate Test Bed, and other academic and private sector partners met for the 9th annual workshop to enhance communication and exchange lessons-learned and best practices across the current NOAA and related test beds/proving grounds.
To bring attention to the important challenge of providing detailed predictions of the atmosphere, ocean, and land, and scope and evaluate future directions, NOAA and the Department of Energy co-hosted a workshop on the Initialization of High-Resolution Earth System Models bringing together experts from the climate modeling community.
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