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Argonne’s innovative community software is on weather scientists’ radar

February 11, 2019

The Python-ARM Radar Toolkit, originally designed to meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s needs, is now making an…
Air quality measurement tool could be beneficial for children’s health

May 9, 2018

Children spend as many as 10 hours per day and five days per week in child-care and preschool…
Tiny particles have outsize impact on storm clouds, precipitation

January 26, 2018

Amazon rainforest provides a unique natural lab to study effects of aerosols  Tiny particles fuel powerful storms and…
NASA Sees First Direct Proof of Ozone Hole Recovery

January 5, 2018

For the first time, scientists have shown through direct observations of the ozone hole by a satellite instrument,…
Team Launches ‘Comb and Copter’ System to Map Atmospheric Gases

June 27, 2017

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Colorado Boulder have demonstrated…
NASA’s Fermi Catches Gamma-ray Flashes from Tropical Storms

April 25, 2017

About a thousand times a day, thunderstorms fire off fleeting bursts of some of the highest-energy light naturally…
Study tracks “memory” of soil moisture

January 23, 2017

The top 2 inches of topsoil on all of Earth’s landmasses contains an infinitesimal fraction of the planet’s…
TIMED: 15 Years Exploring Our Interface to Space

December 8, 2016

Launched Dec. 7, 2001, NASA’s TIMED spacecraft has spent 15 years observing the dynamics of the upper regions…
The destructive effects of supercooled liquid water on airplane safety and climate models

November 5, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Supercooled  water sounds smooth enough to be served at espresso bars, but instead it hangs out in…
Amazon Study Reveals that Rainstorms Transport Atmospheric Particles Essential for Cloud Formation

October 25, 2016

Tracking atmospheric particles in a pristine environment will help scientists understand the impact of industrial aerosols on climate…
NASA JPL Satellites Dissect Powerful Hurricane Matthew

October 11, 2016

Hurricane forecasters use many different types of data to forecast a storm’s intensity and track. NASA satellites and…
Flash of Brilliance: CALIPSO Satellite Marks ‘First Light’

June 8, 2016

On June 7, 2006, the CALIPSO satellite got to work doing something that has made atmospheric scientists very,…
Atmospheric Sulfate Particles Reduced, but as Acidic as Ever

February 23, 2016

When acidic materials are spilled, the clean-up procedure involves adding a base chemical to neutralize the acid. Up…
Can Paris pledges avert severe climate change?

November 27, 2015

More than 190 countries are meeting in Paris next week to create a durable framework for addressing climate…
Is salt the key to unlocking the interiors of Neptune and Uranus?

June 24, 2015

The interiors of several of our Solar System’s planets and moons are icy, and ice has been found…
Space-based techniques can successfully verify international regulations on fossil energy emissions

May 20, 2014

Air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from two coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners area of northwest…
What’s in your air? Students design, create, and deploy sophisticated air quality monitoring system for MIT campus

May 9, 2014

Every senior at MIT has come to know the campus in a personal way, having established favorite haunts…
Venus mountains create wave trains

January 23, 2014

Wave trains on Venus. Credit: ESA/Venus Express/VMC/A. Credit: Piccialli et al., 2014. The planet Venus is blanketed by…
Sophisticated computer algorithms mimicking the law of physics are used to forecast global air pollution levels

November 20, 2013

Air quality is not a local problem. Like clouds moving through the sky, pollution is transported from one…
Using digital SLRs to measure the height of Northern Lights

October 4, 2013

Scientific research doesn’t often start from outreach projects. Yet, Ryuho Kataoka from the National Institute of Polar Research…
Device gives scientists front-row seat to lightning strikes

September 12, 2013

A device developed at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) has become a valuable tool in researchers’…
Research shows Pluto’s atmosphere does not collapse throughout its orbital year

September 5, 2013

The amount of sunlight reaching the surface of Pluto constantly changes over the entire orbital year of this…
Greater safety in aviation – detecting turbulence in advance

August 16, 2013

Many aircraft passengers are familiar with the phenomenon; the sky is clear and blue, the aircraft is cruising…
Seasonal carbon dioxide range expanding as more is added to Earth’s atmosphere

August 9, 2013

Levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rise and fall each year as plants, through photosynthesis and respiration,…
Reports Detail Mars Rover Clues to Atmosphere’s Past

July 19, 2013

A pair of new papers report measurements of the Martian atmosphere’s composition by NASA’s Curiosity rover, providing evidence…
Improved interpretation of volcanic traces in ice

July 9, 2013

How severely have volcanoes contaminated the atmosphere with sulfur particles in past millennia? To answer this question, scientists…
Massive field campaign to examine summertime air in U.S. Southeast

June 26, 2013

Taking part in the largest U.S. air quality field project in decades, the National Center for Atmospheric Research…
EPA Installs Prototype Solar-Powered Monitoring System

June 25, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with Durham County, N.C., announced the Village Green Project that…
Higher ed must lead climate change adaptations

June 7, 2013

Higher Education institutions play a key role and must be leaders in preparing society to adapt to the…
NASA SEAC4RS Mission Targets How Pollution, Storms And Climate Mix

June 7, 2013

NASA’s DC-8 and ER-2 science aircraft will take to the skies over the southern United States this summer…
Innovation in Spectroscopy Could Improve Greenhouse Gas Detection

May 21, 2013

Detecting greenhouse gases in the atmosphere could soon become far easier with the help of an innovative technique*…
Cracking the ice code

May 21, 2013

What happened the last time a vegetated Earth shifted from an extremely cold climate to desert-like conditions? And…
How is atmospheric CO2 measured in the Southern Hemisphere?

May 17, 2013

Last week the greenhouse gas monitoring site at Mauna Loa in Hawaii recorded daily levels of atmospheric carbon…
Study sheds light on Earth’s early mantle

May 6, 2013

An international team of researchers, led by scientists at Boston University’s Department of Earth and Environment, has found…
High-speed discovery helps measure greenhouse gases from space

April 30, 2013

Scientists have discovered how to measure greenhouse gases 200,000 times faster as the result research by an award-winning…
Air pollution study goes mobile

April 30, 2013

An interdisciplinary collaboration between atmospheric scientists at Rice University and the University of Houston and Rice sociologists will…
Nitrogen has key role in estimating CO2 emissions from land use change

April 23, 2013

A new global-scale modeling study that takes into account nitrogen – a key nutrient for plants – estimates…
Is there an atmosphere on the Moon?

April 17, 2013

Until recently, most everyone accepted the conventional wisdom that the moon has virtually no atmosphere. Just as the…
Lightning strokes can probe the ionosphere

April 16, 2013

Thunderstorms, and the resulting partially ionized plasma of the ionosphere, can distort radio signals traveling to satellites important…
Mars Science Lab update: What remains of Mars’ atmosphere is still dynamic

April 10, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Mars has lost much of its original atmosphere, but what’s left remains active, according to recent findings…
More Evidence That Mars Lost Its Atmosphere

April 9, 2013

Although today Mars’ atmosphere is sparse and thin — barely 1% the density of Earth’s at sea level…
Environmental Sciences Professor Uses Small Copter for Weather Research

April 8, 2013

Not That Kind of Drone: Environmental Sciences Professor Uses Small Copter for Weather Research, Teaching On a recent…
Venus Vortices Go for Chaotic Multi-Storey Strolls Around the Poles

March 26, 2013

A detailed study of Venus’ South Polar Vortex shows a much more chaotic and unpredictable cyclone than previously…
New methods and old challenges in snow measurement

March 25, 2013

The past month has seen a remarkable run of challenging snow forecasts across the United States. From Denver…
Breaks in Jupiter’s Clouds are Swirling Hot Spots

March 15, 2013

In the swirling canopy of Jupiter’s atmosphere, cloudless patches are so exceptional that the big ones get the…
Major NASA Air Pollution Study to Fly Over California

January 11, 2013

A multi-year NASA airborne science mission is on its way to California to help scientists better understand how…
NASA Chases Climate Change Clues Into The Stratosphere

January 10, 2013

Starting this month, NASA will send a remotely piloted research aircraft as high as 65,000 feet over the…
NASA Telescopes See Weather Patterns in Brown Dwarf

January 9, 2013

Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have probed the stormy atmosphere of a brown dwarf, creating…
New study documents the natural relationship between CO2 concentrations and sea level

January 7, 2013

By comparing reconstructions of atmospheric CO2 concentrations and sea level over the past 40 million years, Southampton researchers…
Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Make Forests Work Overtime

December 18, 2012

You might never know it, but the seemingly quiet Harvard Forest in Massachusetts is actually hard at work.…
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