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NOAA Scientist to Receive Grande Medaille from French Academy for Work on Antarctic Ozone Hole, IPCC Report

11/21/2008 For her scientific achievements, including pioneering research that helped explain the cause of the ozone hole, NOAA Senior Scientist Susan Solomon will receive the Grande Medaille from the Institute of Franceā€™s Academy of Sciences. More

NASA Spacecraft Detects Buried Glaciers on Mars

11/20/2008 MRO has revealed vast Martian glaciers of water ice under protective blankets of rocky debris at much lower latitudes than any ice previously identified on the Red Planet. More

NASA: Antarctic Balloon Mission Discovers Mysterious Source of High-Energy Cosmic Radiation

11/20/2008 Scientists announced the discovery of a previously unidentified nearby source of high-energy cosmic rays. The finding was made with a NASA-funded balloon-borne instrument high over Antarctica. NSF provided the Antarctic logistics for the mission. More

Gas Hydrates on Alaska's North Slope Hold One of Nation's Largest Deposits of Technically Recoverable Natural Gas

11/18/2008 A USGS assessment estimates there are 85.4 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable gas from natural gas hydrates on the Alaskan North Slope. This would be enough to heat more than 100 million average homes for 10 years. More

NASA Grant Sends Digital Planetarium to Rural Alaska

11/14/2008 With help from a $488,000 NASA grant, the University of Alaska Museum of the North and scientists at the UAF Geophysical Institute are joining forces to bring the state's only digital portable planetarium to communities in rural Alaska. More

NASA Gauges Sea Level, Glacier Changes

11/6/2008 A NASA-led team has used satellite data to make the most precise measurements to date of changes in the mass of mountain glaciers in the Gulf of Alaska, a region expected to be a significant contributor to global sea level rise. More

Ecologists Use Oceanographic Data to Predict Future Climate Change in the Arctic and North Atlantic

11/6/2008 In a November special issue of the journal Ecology, scientists report that if current patterns of change in the Arctic and North Atlantic Oceans continue, alterations of ocean circulation could occur on a global scale. More

Sunlight Has More Powerful Influence on Ocean Circulation and Climate Than Do North American Ice Sheets, Say UCSB Scientists

11/6/2008 The distribution of sunlight, rather than the size of North American ice sheets, is the key variable in changes in the North Atlantic deep-water formation during the last four glacial cycles. More

NSF Plays Major Role in Complex International Evacuation of an Injured Australian from Antarctica

11/5/2008 An international air operation coordinated by the U.S. Antarctic Program has successfully evacuated a badly injured employee of the Australian Antarctic Division from Antarctica to a hospital in Hobart, Tasmania. More

In Alaska's Forests, Dried Mushrooms May Slow Global Warming

11/3/2008 The fight against climate warming has an unexpected ally: mushrooms growing in dry spruce forests covering Alaska, Canada, Scandinavia and other northern regions, according to new research funded by NSF, NOAA amd the U.S. Department of Energy. More
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