Climate

Portland State laser mapping project shows global warming effects in Antarctica
August 10, 2017 12:57 PM - Portland State University

Portland State University researchers and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have publically released high-resolution maps of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, a globally unique Antarctic polar desert.

Human-Caused Warming Likely Led to Recent Streak of Record-Breaking Temperatures, New Study Finds
August 10, 2017 12:42 PM - American Geophysical Union

It is “extremely unlikely” 2014, 2015 and 2016 would have been the warmest consecutive years on record without the influence of human-caused climate change, according to the authors of a new study.

Human-Caused Warming Likely Led to Recent Streak of Record-Breaking Temperatures, New Study Finds
August 10, 2017 12:42 PM - American Geophysical Union

It is “extremely unlikely” 2014, 2015 and 2016 would have been the warmest consecutive years on record without the influence of human-caused climate change, according to the authors of a new study.

NASA Airborne Mission Returns to Africa to Study Smoke, Clouds
August 10, 2017 12:10 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's P-3 research plane begins flights this month through both clouds and smoke over the South Atlantic Ocean to understand how tiny airborne particles called aerosols change the properties of clouds and how they influence the amount of incoming sunlight the clouds reflect or absorb.

NASA Airborne Mission Returns to Africa to Study Smoke, Clouds
August 10, 2017 12:10 PM - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's P-3 research plane begins flights this month through both clouds and smoke over the South Atlantic Ocean to understand how tiny airborne particles called aerosols change the properties of clouds and how they influence the amount of incoming sunlight the clouds reflect or absorb.

What it takes to recover from drought
August 10, 2017 10:53 AM - University of Utah

Drought-stricken areas anxiously await the arrival of rain. Full recovery of the ecosystem, however, can extend long past the first rain drops on thirsty ground.

According to a study published August 10 in Nature, the length of drought recovery depends on several factors, including the region of the world and the post-drought weather conditions. The authors, including William Anderegg of the University of Utah, warn that more frequent droughts in the future may not allow time for ecosystems to fully recover before the next drought hits.

Find a video abstract of this study here. The study was funded by the National Science Foundation and by NASA.

East Coast's rapidly rising seas explained
August 10, 2017 10:04 AM - Stephenie Livingston, University of Florida

University of Florida scientists discover cause of Atlantic coastline’s sea level rise hot spots.

East Coast's rapidly rising seas explained
August 10, 2017 10:04 AM - Stephenie Livingston, University of Florida

University of Florida scientists discover cause of Atlantic coastline’s sea level rise hot spots.

U.S. had 2nd warmest year to date and 10th warmest July on record
August 10, 2017 08:10 AM - NOAA

July is the hallmark of summer in the United States. Long days, intense sun and high humidity typically make it the hottest month of the year. The heat can also trigger flash droughts, wildfires and summer storms. This July didn’t disappoint.

Here’s how July and the year to date fared in terms of the climate record. 

Incomplete Drought Recovery May Be The New Normal
August 9, 2017 02:22 PM - Carnegie Institution for Science

The amount of time it takes for an ecosystem to recover from a drought is an important measure of a drought’s severity. During the 20th century, the total area of land affected by drought increased, and longer recovery times became more common, according to new research published by Nature by a group of scientists including Carnegie’s Anna Michalak and Yuanyuan Fang.

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