Tagged: Weather Forecasting

The future of NASA will focus on space exploration, while climate and Earth science programs are uncertain. (Credit: Grevera / Wikimedia Commons)

We Choose To Go To The Moon

This week, students and coders in 20 cities across the country voluntarily gathered to collect and back up copies of federal climate data, while on Capitol Hill, lawmakers discussed the future of the Earth Science Mission at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The mission monitors more than a dozen earth science satellites that provide data on the ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere and account for about $2 billion of NASA’s $20 billion budget.

An Argo float is deployed in the Southern Ocean. (Credit: Hannes Grobe/AWI)

Experts Agree: Tackle Obstructions to Ocean Observing

A teacher in Boise checks his weather app and packs an umbrella while a Miami businesswoman decides to work from home because the local news announces her usual route to work is flooded. What do these two have in common? The information they rely on for their daily activities depends on observational data from the ocean. Some ocean observations provide real-time results, but others must be continuously collected for years before significant patterns and changes can be detected and analyzed. Due to the vital importance of observing systems to the benefit of our nation’s economy, national security, and scientific enterprise, the National Academy of Science’s Ocean Studies Board ad hoc observations committee held a two-day workshop to hear expert opinions on ocean observation systems as they draft a report prioritizing imperative ocean variables for climate research.

The U.S. Capitol Building. (Credit: Architect of the Capitol.)

Ocean Policy Wrap Up for June 2016

Oceans month 2016 saw the reauthorization of the Freedom of Information Act become law, defense appropriations and COMPETES reauthorization advance, and a number of ocean-related bills be introduced in the House and Senate.

The night sky over the Pacific Ocean (Credit: Brocken Inaglory / Wikimedia)

Weather Satellite Programs For The Next Generation

The Environment Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing to examine current and future U.S. weather satellite systems, as well as the partnerships that facilitate accurate and timely forecasting.

Geoscience data help make local and global decisions (Credit: Wikimedia)

Good Geoscience Data Yield Good Decisions

This week’s ongoing Advances in Earth Science Briefing Series focused on these data as an asset for decision-making. Speakers highlighted the current state of data collection and its myriad uses.

RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.), President and CEO at Consortium for Ocean Leadership speaking at the Arctic Science and Technology briefing (Credit: Aurora C. Elmore)

Synergy Between Science And Technology In An Opening Arctic

Arctic temperatures are rising and sea-ice is diminishing, yielding new challenges for all Arctic stakeholders. Distinguished panel speakers from a range of backgrounds spoke at the congressional briefing, “Technology Solutions in an Opening Arctic,” that was hosted by the Marine Technology Society, the House Oceans Caucus, and the Congressional Arctic Working Group.

A GOES East image of Hurricane Sandy as she approaches the East Coast on October 29, 2012. (Credit: NOAA)

Extreme Weather- How Does Our Nation Respond?

Pew Charitable Trust, Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate, held a Capitol Hill briefing on our nation’s response to extreme weather. The speakers discussed trends in extreme weather over the past decade...