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New NOAA Climate Observatory in Russia Closes Gap on Arctic Research

4/19/2007 The NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory will add a new location in Tiksi, Russia, joining five existing laboratories placed internationally along the Arctic rim. Tiksi will be an important component of the NOAA Arctic Atmospheric Observatory Program, closing a significant gap in vital Arctic atmospheric research. More

NOAA Recommends Listing Cook Inlet Beluga Whales under Endangered Species Act

4/19/2007 The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing to list the Cook Inlet beluga whale population as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The number of beluga whales in Cook Inlet waters near Anchorage has dwindled to an estimated 302 animals and is at risk of going extinct within 100 years. More

NOAA, NASA to Restore a Key Climate Sensor to Polar Orbiter Preparatory Project

4/16/2007 NOAA and NASA have announced a plan to restore a key climate sensor—designed to give climate researchers a more precise depiction of the structure of the Earth's ozone layer—to the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project. More

NASA Aims to Clear Up Mystery of Elusive Clouds at Edge of Space

4/11/2007 NASA is preparing to launch the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft, the first mission dedicated to exploration of mysterious ice clouds that dot the edge of space in Earth's polar regions. The first opportunity for launch is on Wednesday, April 25 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. More

University of Alaska Fairbanks Scientist to Lead Arctic Sea-Ice Expedition

3/29/2007 Arctic sea ice is in constant motion, riding on the ocean and absorbing energy from circumpolar weather systems. These dynamics may have an effect the thickness and durability of the arctic ice pack in the face of climate change. University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher Jennifer Hutchings is chief scientist on an expedition that will spend two weeks at studying these complex relationships at an ice camp on the Beaufort Sea. More

Dust in Antarctic Ice Reveals Important Climate Clues

3/27/2007 Recent climate warming and land-use changes may be altering atmospheric dustiness over the Antarctic Peninsula and the nearby oceans, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. More

Glacial Earthquakes Point to Rising Temperatures in Greenland

3/23/2007 Scientists have found a new indicator that the Earth is warming: "glacial earthquakes" caused when the rivers of ice lurch unexpectedly. Glacial earthquakes in Greenland have doubled since 2002. More
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