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27 June 2019

Climate Change Threatens to Produce More Intense Hurricanes. Federal Funding Must Keep Up

Henry Potter earned a BS in geography at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and a PhD in applied marine physics at the University of Miami in Florida. He completed a postdoc at the Naval Research Laboratory Remote Sensing Division in Washington, DC and became an assistant professor of oceanography at Texas A&M University in 2016. Henry focuses his research on the marine boundary layer in order to better understand air-sea …


20 June 2019

Climate Stripes on the Solstice

Climate scientist Ed Hawkins at the Uni. of Reading is known for producing some great info-graphics about our warming climate but one of his most popular is now known as the climate stripes. This Friday, on the solstice (1554 GMT) meteorologists around the world are going to display them. They are a powerful visual of how the planet is warming, and this time thanks to the folks at Climate Central …


Arakli: devastating debris flows in Trabzon province in Turkey yesterday

Intense rainfall yesterday (19 June 2019) in Turkey triggered a series of devastating debris flows in Arakli, close to the Black Sea coast, killing up to 14 people.


19 June 2019

Creating a Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Coastal and Ocean Science Workforce

This piece was written by Brooke Carney, the Communications Lead for Sea Grant at NOAA, which includes leading the national external communications portfolio, coordinating internal communications for Sea Grant, and coordinating the Sea Grant Communications Network. You can read the original piece here.    During Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) 2019, Sea Grant and the Women’s Aquatic Network collaborated to host a brown bag lunch session on Increasing Diversity, Equity …


Hydrographic information driving marine knowledge [World Hydrography Day 2019]

First celebrated in 2006 and on June 21st every year since, World Hydrography Day aims to make the public aware of the increasing the coverage of hydrographic information on a global basis, as well as the work to promote safe navigation, especially in the areas of international navigation, ports, and where there are vulnerable or protected marine areas.


17 June 2019

Don’t just #ShowYourStripes – engage others with them

Scientists – as we explore and discuss #ShowYourStripes, let’s make sure we share this data visualization with our non-science networks and engage in some science communication


16 June 2019

The color of the year is Living Coral [World Oceans Day/National Ocean Month]

Pantone describes its 2019 color of the year as “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” Others feel it is “a stinging reminder of the cycle of constant growth driven by fossil fuels that’s brought the world to this point.”


10 June 2019

Presidential proclamations of National Ocean Month, 2006-2019

Did you know that NOAA wasn’t even mentioned in the first Presidential proclamation for this celebration? And the first celebration was for a National Ocean Week, not a month? And that the Great Lakes are mentioned in several of these statements? Explore links to these Presidential proclamations going back to President Bush in 2006. 


8 June 2019

Focus for 2019: Gender and the Ocean [World Oceans Day]

From the United Nations: “We have an opportunity to explore the gender dimension of humankind’s relationship with the ocean. This year, we strive to build greater ocean and gender literacy, and to discover possible ways to promote gender equality in ocean-related activities such as marine scientific research, fisheries, labour at sea, migration by sea and human trafficking, as well as policy-making and management.”


7 June 2019

The Weather Map on D-Day: 6 June, 1944

The most important weather forecast ever produces was  75 years ago this week on 6 June, 1944. You should check out the story about it on the UK Met Office website. They have videos as well about how difficult that call was and how forecasting has changed since then. You should also check out the story behind that forecast put together a few years ago by me fellow meteorologist and …


Weather Radar Is For The Birds- Really!

It’s true, and in more ways than one! Weather radar often sees birds, bats, and other flying objects, but the NWS in SanDiego has a more unusual find. Last Tuesday a strange echo near Barstow California appeared and forecasters asked some weather observers to check it out. They knew there was no rain or cloud around (See Albert Hammond 1973), so what could it be? Answer? LADYBUGS!     Seeing …


3 June 2019

House Spending Bills Boost Science Funding: Part 2

Before leaving for the Memorial Day recess, the House Committee on Appropriations finished consideration of the major science funding bills. We reviewed several spending bills already in part one of our budget breakdown. In this post, we’ll take a deeper dive into the spending bill that funds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) …


House Spending Bills Boost Science Funding: Part 1

Before leaving for the Memorial Day recess, the House Committee on Appropriations finished consideration of the major science funding bills, including the spending bills that fund the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Department of Energy, United States Geological Survey, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the United States Forest Service. Over the next two posts, we’ll detail the spending and programmatic highlights for federal Earth and space science agencies. …


Update on the groundwater situation in Cape Town

When the Cape Town water crisis first emerged it took almost a year before active contingencies were put in place. Four major ideas were proposed: (1) Intense water restrictions for municipal water users, (2) greywater recycling facilities, (3) groundwater augmentation of water supplies, and (4) desalination.Although not all the proposed ideas came to fruition, there was a significant increase in the installation of well points and boreholes for municipal and private use.


31 May 2019

Broadcast Meteorology Loses a Giant Today

In 1979 my professor at Oklahoma Univ. announced that we were to have a break from a blackboard full of equations for the day. Instead, we had a broadcast met from KTVY TV in Oklahoma City who talked to us about possibly working as an on-air meteorologist. This was an era when there were few degreed meteorologists doing TV and in fact, it was looked down upon by more than …


29 May 2019

The Baiyun–Liwan submarine slide: an ancient giant landslide in the South China Sea

In a new paper, Zhu et al. (2019) report the discovery of the giant Baiyun–Liwan submarine slide, which covers an area of c.40,000 sq km in the South China Sea


28 May 2019

Students in Science Policy: Science Policy Fellowships

Note: Katie was interviewed prior to the start of the 116th Congress.   Are you nearing the end of your degree and not sure what to do next? A great way to jump into the science policy world is through the AGU Congressional Science Fellowship. Every year AGU sponsors a fellow to work in the offices of either an individual member of Congress or on a committee for a one-year …


26 May 2019

IPBES Global Assessment Report – Communicating Hope in a Sea of Despair

I see myself bringing up this report early and often to students to introduce options and actions instead of doom and gloom. A message of hope will make for a much greater level of engagement and productivity. Let’s keep the conversations going.


25 May 2019

Weather Radar Mistakes Can Often Give Valuable Information

Look at this image below from the NOAA Doppler Radar near Midland TX. What is that strange spike coming out of the storm? We actually have a name for it and you do not see one like that very often. It’s called a 3 body scatter spike. There is no long line of rain falling from this severe storm, and believe me it’s without a doubt very severe. Instead, the …


24 May 2019

Another Climate Change Surprise?

What worries me most about our reckless experiment with the planet’s thermostat is not the predictions of sea level rise and the changes in rainfall patterns etc. What we’d better not ignore are the surprises and there are sure to be many of them. Some new research out this month hints at what might be a big one. Synoptic meteorologists (like me) have gotten much better at forecasting the track …