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August 13, 2013
Scientists are zeroing in on microbes that eat carbon in the soil and release it back to the atmosphere, thereby influencing global climate.
August 09, 2013
Levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are fluctuating more than they used to from one season to another, according to observations from the HIPPO field project. This may be a sign of significant changes in northern ecosystems.
NSF/NCAR Gulfstream V research jet during the HIPPO field campaign
July 08, 2013
Drier ski slopes, reduced river flows, and increased wildfires can potentially discourage tourists from coming to Colorado. Should local officials and business leaders do more to plan for these impacts?
Drought and tourism: Photo of dry, cracked lakebed
May 31, 2013
NCAR has made key upgrades to its Helicopter Emergency Medical Services tool, which helps helicopter rescue pilots decide quickly whether weather conditions are safe enough to attempt a low-altitude flight.
March 21, 2013
A new study by an NCAR researcher shows that small- to moderate-size volcanoes have helped slow down warming over the last decade, while industrial emissions of Sun-blocking sulfur dioxide over Asia have contributed relatively little to the slowdown.
Small volcanoes, big climate impact: Sarychev Volcano
March 01, 2013
Broadcast meteorologists are a leading source of information about the atmosphere for the public, but many avoid mentioning global warming. New research finds barriers that may keep them from addressing the science of climate change on the air.
Weathercasters and climate change: Gary Lezak, KSHB, Kansas City
February 25, 2013
As a step toward meeting the goal of providing earlier warnings, NCAR scientists and their colleagues are examining what enables poorly organized clusters of thunderstorms to develop into tropical storms and hurricanes.
Hurricane Forecasting: Satellite image of Tropical Storm Gaston
February 04, 2013
A team of researchers, including NCAR scientist Carl Schmitt, are climbing high in the Peruvian Andes to assess the extent to which the white ice is being darkened by ash and other particulates that are emitted by nearby industrial operations. The dark particles can accelerate glacial melting, eventually threatening runoff that supplies water for millions of South American residents.
Andean glacier melt - NCAR scientist Carl Schmitt on a Peruvian glacier.
January 16, 2013
New research points to gravity waves, which ripple unseen through the atmosphere, as the culprit in many cases of clear-air turbulence. If those waves can be forecast, the research suggests that planes in many cases could be rerouted around them.
gravity waves
December 05, 2012
The new Erebus supercomputer will lead to improved Antarctic forecasts.
WRF forecast of surface temperatures and winds over Antarctica from Erebu
October 16, 2012
New observations of the magnetic field on the Sun are providing an unprecedented glimpse into solar eruptions that have serious impacts on Earth.
Image showing coronal cavity as darker area emitting less light
August 21, 2012
Accounting for clouds in weather forecasting could greatly improve road safety.
road stretching to horizon, with blue sky and clouds above
August 17, 2012
Studies show 63% of hurricane-related deaths occur inland. To help emergency managers prepare, NCAR scientists are pinpointing vulnerable populations using tropical storm winds, census data, and flood maps.
Map of eastern U.S. showing vulnerability extending as far as Great Lakes
August 15, 2012
In some areas, heat from urban development could outpace warming due to greenhouse gases.
July 26, 2012
Even if climate mitigation efforts succeed, current warming trends commit us to centuries of sea level rise.
July 18, 2012
A new meta-analysis highlights the shortcomings of vulnerability studies and points to a more integrative way forward.
Street scene in St. John, Antigua
July 11, 2012
Sulfate gases emitted by the Nabro volcano boosted stratospheric particles and gas across the entire Northern Hemisphere in 2011.
Volcano: Mt. St. Augustine, Alaska
July 11, 2012
A new forecasting tool boosts the detail and accuracy of short-term wind forecasts, offering another way to increase the efficiency of wind energy production.
Rows of wind turbines
July 06, 2012
Cooler and drier air injected into a hurricane can put the brakes on its growth. Scientists are learning more about how this process works and how forecasters can watch for it.
Image showing the impact of ventilation on hurricane intensity
April 16, 2012
After an earthquake and tsunami damaged the Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, on March 11, 2011, an unknown quantity of radioactive material was released into the surrounding air and sea.
Nuclear power plants in Japan, 2011
March 28, 2012
Burning fossil fuels has led to a warmer, moister atmosphere and a shifting background for extreme weather and climate events, according to a study that analyzes noteworthy weather events from the last two years.
A man with an umbrella walks through floodwaters in Ambala, India, July 2010
March 01, 2012
A new study finds that extremely warm summers are not only occurring more frequently in the contiguous United States, but are likely to become normal by mid-century.
A hot-looking yellow Sun over the ocean, with seagulls in the foreground.
February 28, 2012
A new study that provides the first comprehensive satellite analysis of Earth’s melting glaciers and ice caps has grave implications for sea level rise.
An aerial view of a white glacier curving through mountains.
February 07, 2012
When a geomagnetic storm blasted Earth on January 24, commercial airlines redirected a handful of flights were originally routed to fly over the North Pole. Behind the scenes, NCAR scientists play a role in safety precautions such as these.
An image of the Sun with orange flares.
February 02, 2012
A new computer modeling study from NCAR investigates how an increase in shrubs in the Arctic may affect permafrost. Over the past few decades, a warming climate has meant that the Arctic’s grassy tundra is being increasingly overtaken by shrubs.


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