The NCAR/UCAR Media Office has issued the following news release:

Paved surfaces can foster build-up of polluted air

New research focusing on the Houston area suggests that widespread urban development alters weather patterns in a way that can make it easier for pollutants to accumulate during warm summer weather instead of being blown out to sea. The international study, led by Fei Chen (ACD), could have implications for the air quality of fast-growing coastal cities in the United States and other midlatitude regions overseas. The reason: the proliferation of strip malls, subdivisions, and other paved areas may interfere with breezes needed to clear away smog and other pollution.

For more information, contact David Hosansky at ext. 8611, or see the Web page at NCAR/UCAR News Center.

Read the story in Scientific American

NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center enters new phase

With a year to go before the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) becomes fully operational, construction on the facility is mostly complete. The project now enters the next phase: testing the building's complex infrastructure and this fall, procurement, installation, and testing of the center’s supercomputing systems beginning in early 2012.

For more information, contact Rachael Drummond at ext 8604,

Read the story in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle

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Announcement Timing: 
June 14, 2011 to June 15, 2011