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February 2003

General

Changes in Ecosystems

Human Dimensions
of Global Change

Climate Variability and Change

Atmospheric Composition The Global Carbon Cycle Land-Use / Land-Cover Change

Paleoenvironment & Paleoclimate

The Global Water Cycle
 

 

 

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mental Panel on Climate Change, 
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Background information on new Climate Change Science and Technology Management Structure

 

February 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
General

 

CCSP Announces New Release Date for Revised Strategic Plan.  Press Release (dtd 27 March 2003) from the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. (posted 27 March 2003)

From NASA's
Earth Observatory Newsroom...

SORCE Launches Successfully
SORCE Launches Successfully

(image posted by NASA  January 2003).

Government Climate-Change Research Plan Is Good Start, But Major Improvements Needed to Meet Nation's Needs.  Press release (dtd 25 Feb 2003) from the National Academy of Sciences.  Announces release of report by the National Research Council reviewing the Climate Change Science Program's draft Strategic Plan.  The NRC report, Planning Climate and Global Change Research: A Review of the Draft U.S. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan, is available online. See also webcast of public briefing by the National Academies held on Wed, 26 February 2003 (links updated 27 Feb 2003).

Audio fileNew Weather and Climate Tools for the 21st Century.  Video (available beginning 20 Feb) of lecture by Dr. Moustafa Chahine, JPL Senior Research Scientist & Science Team Leader, Aqua Spacecraft Sounding System.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

World is Hotting up According to DEFRA Report.  Press release (dtd 11 Feb 2003) from United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Announces release of the report Global Atmosphere Research Programme Bi-annual Report 2000 to 2002, providing the results of DEFRA's programme of research for the last two years on climate change and stratospheric ozone.   (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

AGU journals highlights - 11 February 2003.  Press release (dtd 11 Feb 2003) from American Geophysical Union (AGU).  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

National Weather Service Should Continue to Disseminate Forecasts Despite Private Competition.  Press release (dtd 30 Jan 2003) from the National Research Council announcing findings of Fair Weather: Effective Partnerships in Weather and Climate Services.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Audio fileObstinate Issues, Sophisticated Solutions: Environmental Science and Education for a New Age.  Video and transcript of lecture (of 30 Jan 2003)  by National Science Foundation Director Rita Cowell.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Third Annual National Severe Weather Workshop to Be Held Feb. 27 - March 1.  Press release (dtd 28 Jan 2003) from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Geology media highlights.  Press release (dtd 28 Jan 2003) from Geological Society of America.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

From NASA's
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Ozone Destroying Cloud Over Scandinavia
Ozone Destroying Cloud Over Scandinavia

(image posted by NASA January 2003).

An Economic Case for an Integrated Ocean Observing System.  Article (21 Jan 2003) from NOAA Magazine Online.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Joint Statement of the U.S.-Russian Inter-Ministerial Climate Change Policy Dialogue.  Press release (dtd 17 Jan 2003) from US Department of State.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

NOAA Draft Strategic Plan Available for Public Review.  Press release (dtd 17 Jan 2003) from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Joint Statement of the U.S. -- China Working Group on Climate Change.  Press release (dtd 16 Jan 2003) from US Dept of State.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Communicating Uncertainties in Weather and Climate Information: A Workshop Summary.  Document (dtd 2003) from the National Research Council.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

 

Science magazine's Atmospheric
Science "subject collection
".
Always up-to-date links
to Science articles.

Nature Publishing Group's
earth science resources
 at earth sciences @nature.com

 


 



 

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Clouds

February 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
Atmospheric Composition

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From NASA's
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NASA Studies High Springtime Ozone Levels Over Canada and the Arctic
NASA Studies High Springtime Ozone Levels Over Canada and the Arctic

  (image posted by NASA January 2003)

Earth & Sky.  Daily science radio series, currently funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Both transcripts & audio files are provided:  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

New Images from Space Spotlight Regional Pollution.  Press release (dtd 4 feb 2003) from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Chemistry in the Sunlight.  Article about ozone (dtd 27 Jan 2003) from NASA's Earth Observatory.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Audio fileUncertain Recovery  "The ozone layer is recovering from decades of damage by chemicals, but climate changes will affect that recovery in ways that are still unknown." Audio segment and script (dtd 16 Jan 2003) from Earthwatch Radio.    (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Audio fileOzone Update.  "Experts from around the world are documenting the efforts to stop damage to the ozone layer by synthetic chemicals.."  Audio segment and script (dtd 1 Jan 2003) from Earthwatch Radio.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

 



 

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Lilypads

February 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
Ecosystems

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(See also Carbon Cycle section)

From NASA's
Earth Observatory Newsroom...

Phytoplankton Bloom off California’s Channel Islands
Phytoplankton Bloom off California's Channel Islands

  (image posted by NASA  February 2003).

First genetic response in animal species to global warming.  Press release (dtd 12 Feb 2003) from University of Alberta.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Impact of Noise on Marine Mammals Remains Unclear.  Press release (dtd 10 Feb 2003) from the National Research Council.  The full report, Ocean Noise and Marine Mammals, also is available online.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

English Gardens Endangered By Warming?.  Article (10 Feb 2003) from National Geographic.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Federal Scientists Refocus on West Nile Virus Impacts on Wildlife.  Press release (dtd  4 Feb 2003) from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

From NASA's
Earth Observatory Newsroom...

Australian Bushfires
Australian Bushfires
  (image posted by NASA  February 2003).

The Road to Recovery.  "According to a recent report in Science, the Amazon rain forest has lost nearly two million acres to logging each year since 1996. This alarming loss of trees in the world's largest rain forest could increase the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide by roughly 200 tons each year, raising the threat of global warming. But a recent study in the Amazon rain forest shows that some types of logging may not negatively impact the carbon cycle as originally thought."  Feature (21 Jan 2003) from NASA's Earth Observatory.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Scientists Hone in on Causes of Amphibian Deformities.  Press release (dtd 13 Jan 2003) from Oregon State University.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Audio fileEarth & Sky.  Daily science radio series, currently funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Both transcripts & audio files are provided:  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

 



 

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Forest

February 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
The Global Carbon Cycle

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Draft Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2001.  Report (posted Feb 2003) from the US Environmental Protection Agency.   (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

The Road to Recovery.  "According to a recent report in Science, the Amazon rain forest has lost nearly two million acres to logging each year since 1996. This alarming loss of trees in the world's largest rain forest could increase the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide by roughly 200 tons each year, raising the threat of global warming. But a recent study in the Amazon rain forest shows that some types of logging may not negatively impact the carbon cycle as originally thought."  Feature (21 Jan 2003) from NASA's Earth Observatory.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

 



 

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February 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
Land Use / Land Cover Change

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The Road to Recovery.  "According to a recent report in Science, the Amazon rain forest has lost nearly two million acres to logging each year since 1996. This alarming loss of trees in the world's largest rain forest could increase the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide by roughly 200 tons each year, raising the threat of global warming. But a recent study in the Amazon rain forest shows that some types of logging may not negatively impact the carbon cycle as originally thought."  Feature (21 Jan 2003) from NASA's Earth Observatory.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

 



 

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City skyline

February 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
Human Contributions and Responses

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Understanding Climatic Impacts, Vulnerabilities, and Adaptation in the United States: Building a Capacity for Assessment. Abstract for article published in Climatic Change (March 2003).  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

U.S. Agriculture and Climate Change: New Results.  Abstract for article published in Climatic Change (March 2003).  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Climate Change Impacts - Our South West Report (released January 2003) from the University of Gloucestershire and the Centre for Climate Impact Forecasting (United Kingdom).  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Audio fileHistory Emerging from the Ice.  "The world's glaciers are slowly melting, and as they do, artifacts from the near and distant past are emerging from the ice. NPR's Eric Niiler reports on the discovery of archaeological treasure."  Audio segment (broadcast 11 Jan 2003) from National Public Radio's All Things Considered.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

 



 

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February 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
Paleoenvironment & Paleoclimate

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Audio fileEarth & Sky.  Daily science radio series, currently funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Both transcripts & audio files are provided:  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Ancient climate may augur future effects of global warming.  Press release (dtd 10 Feb 2003) from Purdue University.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Dinosaurs experienced climate changes before K-T collision.  "Climate change had little to do with the demise of the dinosaurs, but the last million years before their extinction had a complex pattern of warming and cooling events that are important to our understanding of the end of their reign, according to geologists."  Press release (dtd 14 Jan 2003) from Penn State.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Longest Ice Cores Retrieved from Canadian Yukon.  Press release (dtd 6 Jan 2003) from the University of Maine.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

 



 

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Up-to-Date Weather, Climate & Wildfire Summaries

 

 

Student Reading Book
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Satellite-view of hurricane

February 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
Climate Variability & Change

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NCAR observing system finds high-level moisture with global implications.  Press release (11 Feb 2003) from National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) / University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Asian Pollution Cloud Changing Climate, Study Says.  Article (dtd 10 Feb 2003) from National Geographic.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Drought due to warmer tropical oceans.  Article (dtd 31 Jan 2003) from Nature.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003).  See also:

SALLJEX [South American Low Level Jet Experiment] Teacher in the Field Web Site.    (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

North Atlantic - Asian Monsoons Influence Each Other's Patterns, NOAA Reports.  Press release (dtd 23 Jan 2003) from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Columbia research reveals that Gulf Stream is not responsible for mild winters in Europe.  Press release (dtd 22 Jan 2003) from The Earth Institute at Columbia University.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

NOAA's New U.S. Climate Atlas.  Press release (21 Jan 2003) from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

UMass study reconsiders formation of Antarctic ice sheet.  "A study by University of Massachusetts Amherst geoscientist Robert DeConto posits an alternative theory regarding why Antarctica suddenly became glaciated 34 million years ago."  Press release (dtd 15 Jan 2003) from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

From NASA's
Earth Observatory Newsroom...

Bitter Winter Freezes Gulf of Finland
Bitter Winter Freezes Gulf of Finland

  (image posted by NASA  January 2003).

Recent Atmospheric Conditions & Impacts:

El Nino

From NASA's
Earth Observatory Newsroom...

El Nino, the Usual Suspect?
El Niño, the Usual Suspect?

(image posted by NASA  January 2003)

Most recent El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Diagnostic Advisory. Issued monthly by the US Climate Prediction Center/National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).  According to the most recent report (6 March 2003):  "[M]ost coupled model and statistical model forecasts indicate that El Niño conditions will continue to weaken through March 2003. Thereafter, the consensus forecast is for near-normal conditions during April-October 2003. However, there is a wide spread amongst the individual forecasts, with some indicating the possibility of continued weak El Niño conditions and others indicating the development of La Niña conditions during the last half of 2003."    (link updated 7 March 2003)

Ocean Surface Saltiness Influences El Nino Forecasts.  Press release (Jan. 29, 2003) from Goddard Space Flight Center.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Audio fileArctic Science Journeys.  A radio service highlighting science, culture, and the environment of the circumpolar north. Produced by the Alaska Sea Grant College Program and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Audio fileEarth & Sky.  Daily science radio series, currently funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Both transcripts & audio files are provided:  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

El Niño Theme Page.  Site maintained by NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), Tropical Atmosphere Ocean Project.

 

 



 

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Snow-covered mountains

February 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
The Global Water Cycle

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From NASA's
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Ice Types in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska
Ice Types in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska

  (image posted by NASA  January 2003).

Upcoming Event: 15 March 2003.  Kyoto, Japan.  Water Technologies for the Developing World.  One-Day Workshop.  Sponsor: US Global Water Cycle Program. 

Audio fileEarth & Sky.  Daily science radio series, currently funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Both transcripts & audio files are provided:  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

NCAR observing system finds high-level moisture with global implications.  Press release (11 Feb 2003) from National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) / University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

NASA Joins Snow Study Over the Sea of Japan .  Press release (29 January 2003) from Goddard Space Flight Center.  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

North Atlantic - Asian Monsoons Influence Each Other's Patterns, NOAA Reports.  Press release (dtd 23 Jan 2003) from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

Long-lost records confirm rising sea level.  "The discovery of 160 year old records in the archives of the Royal Society, London, has given scientists further evidence that Australian sea levels are rising."  Press release (dtd 21 January 2003) from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO).  (link posted 13 Feb 2003)

 
 

 

January 2003

General

Changes in Ecosystems

Human Dimensions
of Global Change

Climate Variability and Change

Atmospheric Composition The Global Carbon Cycle Land-Use / Land-Cover Change

Paleoenvironment & Paleoclimate

The Global Water Cycle

 

 

 

 

NOAA's Image of the Day
NOAA's 
Image of the Day
 

 

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For documents from the Intergovern-
mental Panel on Climate Change, 
see our IPCC page.

 

Background information on new Climate Change Science and Technology Management Structure

 

January 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
General

 

Testimony of James R. Mahoney, Ph.D. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.  Presented before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.  Hearing on  Climate Change -- Greenhouse Gas Reductions and Trading System, 8 January 2003, Washington, DC.  See also press release (dtd 8 January 2003).  A video file of the entire hearing is available on the C-SPAN Technology/Science page.  Additional statements and testimony from the hearing is available from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.  (posted 8 January 2003)

 

From NASA's
Earth Observatory Newsroom...

Melting Snows of Kilimanjaro
Melting Snows of Kilimanjaro
  (image posted by NASA  December 2002).

Our Changing PlanetThe Fiscal Year 2003 US Global Change Research Program and Climate Change Research Initiative.  A report by the Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research.  A supplement to the President's Fiscal Year 2003 Budget. [PDF, 1.6 Mb].   Also available in hardcopy from the GCRIO Online Catalog.  (link posted 7 January 2003)

 

Records of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program: Planning Workshop for Scientists & Stakeholders.  Presentations, audio recordings and photos from the conference sponsored by the United States Climate Change Science Program on 3-5 December 2002 in Washington, DC.  The public workshop reviewed a draft Strategic Plan (posted 11 November 2002) for the US Global Change Research Program and Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI).  (posted 4 January 2003)  See also:

 

US Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan. (posted 11 November 2002) Draft strategic plan for the combined US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI).  Available for review; comments accepted until 18 January 2003.   (link posted 7 January 2003).  See also:

Citizen's Jury: Climate Change. [PDF] Report summarizing the results of a "Citizen's Jury" held on 18-22 March 2002.  Issued by the non-profit, non-partisan Jefferson Center. According to the Center, in the Citizens Jury process "randomly selected and demographically representative panels of citizens meet for several days to examine public policy issues and present their findings to decision-makers and the public." (posted 16 January 2003)

 

Report of the Smithsonian Institution Science Commission.  Report (dtd December 2002) presented to the Board of Regents and the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. 

Get the cold facts: NSF invites you to take part in first live press conference from south pole.  Press release (dtd 3 Jan 2003) from the National Science Foundation. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Audio fileAntarctic Science.  Segment from National Public Radio's Science Friday, 27 December 2002.  Guests:  (link posted 7 January 2003)

  • William L. Holzapfel Assistant Professor of Physics University of California Berkeley Berkeley, California

  • Richard B. Alley Professor of Geosciences Penn State University Happy Valley, Pennsylvania

  • Peter Doran Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, Illinois

Secretary Abraham Establishes  Task Force on the Future of Science Programs.  Press release (dtd 16 Dec 2002) from Department of Energy. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Natural Environment Research Council's Annual Report 2001-02.  Report (dtd 2002) from the United Kingdom's Natural Environment Research Council. (link posted 7 January 2003)

The Great Global Experiment.  Article (dtd December 2002) from Harvard Magazine. (link posted 7 January 2003)

NOAA's Climate Activities.  Article (dtd 13 Dec 2002) from NOAA Magazine Online. (link posted 7 January 2003)

NOAA Science on a Sphere.  Article (dtd 13 Dec 2002) from  NOAA Magazine Online. (link posted 7 January 2003)

MSG-1 [Meteosat Second Generation (MSG-1) satellite] first image unveiled.  Press release (dtd 11 Dec 2002) from European Space Agency. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Science Picks -- Leads, Feeds and Story Seeds.  Press release (dtd 6 Dec 2002) from U.S Geological Survey (USGS). (link posted 7 January 2003)

USGS Science at AGU: From Mars to Below the Earth.  Press release (dtd 6 Dec 2002) from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). (link posted 7 January 2003)

Airlift to Antarctic - Scientific Summer Season starts. Press release (dtd 3 Dec 2002) from the Alfred Wegener Institute. (link posted 7 January 2003)

New  NSF Awards Encourage Collaborations Between Ocean Scientists and Educators.  Press release (dtd 2 Dec 2002) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). (link posted 7 January 2003)

The Environmental Effects of Civil Aircraft in Flight.  Special Report (posted 29 November 2002)  from the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution . (link posted 7 January 2003)

NASA's Ready to Study Cool Ice, Hot Plasma, and Ocean Winds.  "The month of December will see the launch of three NASA research missions to help us better understand and protect our home planet while continuing to search for life in our universe and inspire the next generation of explorers. The ICESat, CHIPS and SeaWinds missions will help improve life here while searching for life beyond Earth." Press release  (dtd 26 November 2002) from NASA's Earth Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Goddard Scientist Honored by the World Meteorological Organization.  "NASA research scientist Dr. Joanne Simpson has been awarded the prestigious International Meteorological Organization Prize by the Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the first woman ever to win this prize."  Press release  (dtd 25 November 2002) from NASA's Earth Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Request for Information on Climate Change Technologies.  "The Department of Energy is seeking interested parties to submit a Statement of Interest for the ursuit of funding on the President's National Climate Change Technology Initiative."  Solicitation dated 25 Nov 2002.  (link posted 7 January 2003)  See also:

Climate Change: Is the Science Sound?  [PDF] Special Report to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Canada.  Submitted by Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario on 19 November 2002.  See also Commissioner Miller's remarks [PDF]. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Logo for the Weather NotebookAudio fileExploring Methane.   Transcript & audio segment (original broadcast date: 5 November 2002) from The Weather Notebook, a nationally syndicated radio series on global climate change produced by New Hampshire's Mount Washington Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)
 

Science magazine's Atmospheric
Science "subject collection
".
Always up-to-date links
to Science articles.

Nature Publishing Group's
earth science resources
 at earth sciences @nature.com


 



 

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January 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
Atmospheric Composition

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From NASA's
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Dust Storm Over Eastern China
Dust Storm Over Eastern China
  (image posted by NASA  October 2002).

The Pre-Discovery Stratosphere.  "Popular Science" feature (dtd November 2002) from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Waves in the Atmosphere Batter South Pole, Shrink 2002 Ozone Hole.  Article (dtd 6 December 2002) from NASA's Earth Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Logo for the Weather NotebookAudio fileTwo Ozone Holes.  Report on "this year's incredible splitting ozone hole" over Antarctica.   Transcript & audio segment (original broadcast date: 3 December 2002) from The Weather Notebook, a nationally syndicated radio series on global climate change produced by New Hampshire's Mount Washington Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

 



 

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January 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
Ecosystems

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(See also Carbon Cycle section)

Warming Planet Shifts Life North and Early.  Article (dtd 6 January 2003) from Nature's "Science Update."  (link posted 7 January 2003).  See also:

Amazon wildfires contribute to carbon problem.  Press release (dtd 2 Jan 2003) from Blackwell Publishing Ltd. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Study employs backyard scientists to document global warming impact.  Press release (dtd 1 Jan 2003) from Michigan State University. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Mapping the Health of the Planet.  Article by Robert T. Watson in the United Nations Environment Programme's Our Planet (2002). (link posted 7 January 2003)

 From Wetland to Wasteland.  Feature article (13 Dec 2002) from NASA's Earth Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Antarctic Ice Seals Life's Fate.   Press release (dtd 13 December 2002) from NASA's Earth Observatory. See also: Researchers uncover extreme lake and 3000-year-old microbes -- in Mars-like Antarctic environment.  Press release (dtd 16 Dec 2002) from the National Science Foundation. (links posted 7 January 2003)

K-State researchers study response of prairie ecosystem.  Press release (12 Dec 2002) from Kansas State University. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Increases in Rainfall Variability Related to Global Climate Change Alter Productivity and Plant Community Composition.  Press release (dtd 12 December 2002) from National Science Foundation (NSF). (link posted 7 January 2003)

18 Projects Named in $1.8 Million Study of Northern Forest.  Press release (dtd 10 Dec 2002) from the University of Vermont. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Springtime Temperature Swings Attack Northeastern Forests.  Press release (10 Dec 2002) from National Center for Atmospheric Research. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Coral Layers Good Proxy for Atlantic Climate Cycles. Press release  (dtd 7 December 2002) from NASA's Earth Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

A global warming Catch-22?  "The ability of the ocean to buffer the effects of global warming may hinge upon the interactions of tiny marine organisms at various temperatures according to a marine scientist at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey."  Press release (dtd 6 Dec 2002) from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Are Wildland Fires Fueling the Greenhouse?   Press Release (dtd 6 Dec 2002) from University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Half the Earth still wild.  Article (dtd 5 Dec 2002) from Nature Science Update. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Climate change surprise: High carbon dioxide levels can retard plant growth, study reveals.  Press release (dtd 5 Dec 2002) from Stanford University.  See also: Combining global environmental changes yields surprising ecosystem response.  Press release (dtd 5 Dec 2002) from Carnegie Institution. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Shedding Light on Amphibian Declines: New Research Finds That Ultraviolet Radiation May Not be a Factor in Amphibian Population Declines.   Press release (dtd 3 Dec 2002) from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). See also: Studies dispute ultraviolet effect on amphibian population declines.  Press release (dtd 5 Dec 2002) from University of Washington. (link posted 7 January 2003)

So How is climate affecting West Nile Virus this year? It depends on whom you ask.... Press release (dtd 4 Nov 2002) from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Buntings & Bears: Indicators Of Climate Change at the Barrow Observatory?  Article (dtd 8 Oct 2002) from the Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Malaria

Regional warming and malaria resurgence.  Abstract and link to article published (12 Dec 2002) in Nature. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Malaria Rise in Africa Parallels Warming Trends.  Press release (dtd 11 December 2002) from NASA's Earth Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Meteorologic Influences on Plasmodium falciparum Malaria in the Highland Tea Estates of Kericho, Western Kenya.  Article (dtd Dec 2002) from Emerging Infectious Diseases. (link posted 7 January 2003)

The Effects of Climatic Factors on the Distribution and Abundance of Malaria Vectors in Kenya. [PDF].  Article in the Journal of Medical entomology (Volume 39, Number 6; November 2002). (link posted 7 January 2003)

 

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January 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
The Global Carbon Cycle

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Amazon wildfires contribute to carbon problem.  Press release (dtd 2 Jan 2003) from Blackwell Publishing Ltd. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Asian emissions level off.  Article (dtd 10 December 2002) from Nature Science Update. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Are Wildland Fires Fueling the Greenhouse?   Press Release (dtd 6 Dec 2002) from University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. (link posted 7 January 2003)

A global warming Catch-22?  "The ability of the ocean to buffer the effects of global warming may hinge upon the interactions of tiny marine organisms at various temperatures according to a marine scientist at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey."  Press release (dtd 6 Dec 2002) from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Climate Change Will Affect Carbon Sequestration in Oceans, Scientists Say.  Press release (dtd 3 Dec 2002) from NASA's Earth Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Logo for the Weather NotebookAudio fileDisappointed Trees.  "Scientists have been hoping that forests might be able to soak up excess carbon dioxide, one of the major greenhouse gases. Scott Ollinger, a researcher at the University of New Hampshire, has developed a climate model which might put a damper on that theory."   Transcript & audio segment (original broadcast date: 31 December 2002) from The Weather Notebook, a nationally syndicated radio series on global climate change produced by New Hampshire's Mount Washington Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

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January 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
Land Use / Land Cover Change

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Amazon wildfires contribute to carbon problem.  Press release (dtd 2 Jan 2003) from Blackwell Publishing Ltd. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Agricultural Science Helping Farmers Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.  Press release (dtd 17 Dec 2002) from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (link posted 7 January 2003)

From Wetland to Wasteland.  Feature article (13 Dec 2002) from NASA's Earth Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Are Wildland Fires Fueling the Greenhouse?   Press Release (dtd 6 Dec 2002) from University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Half the Earth still wild.  Article (dtd 5 Dec 2002) from Nature Science Update. (link posted 7 January 2003)

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January 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
Human Contributions and Responses

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The Warming World.  Designing for Climate Change  [PDF, 70 kb].  Executive summary (posted 13 Jan 2003) for The 6th Annual Science-to-Engineering Workshop held 8-9 Jan 2003 at University of Alaska, Anchorage.(link posted 13 January 2003)

A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change.  Online version of book (dtd 2002) by William Calvin of the University of Washington. (link posted 12 January 2003)

Agricultural Science Helping Farmers Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.  Press release (dtd 17 Dec 2002) from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Increasing the Value of Weather Information in the Operation of the Electric Power System.  Presentations from a workshop Sponsored by the United States Weather Research Program (USWRP) on 6-7 November 2002 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research campus in Boulder, Colorado. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Audio fileEarth & Sky.  Daily science radio series, currently funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Both transcripts & audio files are provided:

  • Human Footprint .  "Recently, scientists measured a unique footprint -- the human footprint -- the total influence of humans on planet Earth. A scientist talks about it."  Transcript & audio segment (original broadcast date: 13 January 2003). (link posted 7 January 2003)

Logo for the Weather NotebookAudio fileTimber.  "A new study has found that the world's timber industry could actually thrive in a warmer world but not every country will prosper."   Transcript & audio segment (original broadcast date: 19 November 2002) from The Weather Notebook, a nationally syndicated radio series on global climate change produced by New Hampshire's Mount Washington Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

 



 

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January 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
Paleoenvironment & Paleoclimate

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January Geology and GSA Today media highlights.  Press release (dtd 23 Dec 2002) from the Geological Society of America. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Earth 's ancient heat wave gives a taste of things to come.  Article (dtd 7 Dec 2002) from New Scientist.

Methane-based greenhouse and anti-greenhouse events led to stable archean climate.  Press release (dtd 6 Dec 2002) from Penn State. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Climate change: Peak viewing. "An ice core from Mount Logan, Canada's highest mountain, has provided a record of high-altitude climate change in the north Pacific region from the end of the Little Ice Age to the warmest decade in the past millennium."  Links to article (dtd 28 Nov 2002) in Nature. (link posted 7 January 2003)

December Geology & GSA Today media highlights.  Press release (dtd 25 Nov 2002) from the Geological Society of America (GSA). (link posted 7 January 2003)

Logo for the Weather Notebook Audio fileTranscripts & audio segments from The Weather Notebook, a nationally syndicated radio series on global climate change produced by New Hampshire's Mount Washington Observatory. (links posted 6 January 2003)

  • GCC History.  "Ice cores, collected from cold places such as Greenland and Antarctica, have yielded clues to change from about 100,000 years ago to the present. Now, another type of coring from the Pacific Ocean floor is giving scientists a peek at global climate change 50 million years ago. Hi, I'm Bryan Yeaton for The Weather Notebook. Jeff Rice tells us what they found."  (original broadcast date:24 December 2002)
  • Mud.  "How do scientists figure out climate from years ago? Fifty million years ago, to be exact? As Jeff Rice reports today, they dig deep into the ocean bottom."   (original broadcast date: 17 December 2002)
  • Ocean Cores.  "A team of 28 researchers from across the globe have discovered, through ocean coring, the first-ever continuous record of climatic conditions 50 million years ago. Jeff Rice reports."   (original broadcast date: 10 December 2002)
  • The Ice Chronicles.  Brief interview with Paul Mayewski, "one of the world's leading authorities in ice core research."   (original broadcast date: 29 October 2002)

 



 

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January 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
Climate Variability & Change

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Historical changes in lake ice-out dates as indicators of climate change in New England, 1850-2000.  Abstract of article published in the International Journal of Climatology (16 December 2002).(link posted 8 January 2003)

Scientists discover global warming linked to increase in tropopause height over past two decades.  Press release (dtd 3 Jan 2003) from the US Department of Energy, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Increases in Rainfall Variability Related to Global Climate Change Alter Productivity and Plant Community Composition.  Press release (dtd 12 December 2002) from National Science Foundation (NSF). (link posted 7 January 2003)

Glaciers, Old Masters, and Galileo: The Puzzle of the Chilly 17th Century.  "Popular Science" feature (dtd December 2002) from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. (link posted 7 January 2003)

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Studying Earth’s Gravity Field
Studying Earth's Gravity Field
  (image posted by NASA, December  2002).

See also: NASA's First Gravity Mission Image Depicts a Bumpy Ride.  Press release (dtd 6 December 2002) from NASA's Earth Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Earth's weight watched monthly.  "Picture of gravity will reveal where the water goes. "  Article (dtd 10 December 2002) from  Nature Science Update. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Global Temperature Trends.  Annual analysis (posted 11 December 2002) from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. (link posted 7 January 2003)

 

2002 Global Temperature Anomalies

North Atlantic Oscillation part of the global picture.  Press release (dtd 9 Dec 2002) from Penn State. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Coral layers good proxy for Atlantic climate cycles.  Press release (dtd 7 Dec 2002) from Penn State. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Prepare to be Surprised by Future Climate Changes.  Press release  (dtd 7 December 2002) from NASA's Earth Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Waves in the Atmosphere Batter South Pole,   Press release (dtd 6 Dec 2002) from NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. (link posted 7 January 2003

Latest Ocean Winds Research Creates a Stir.  Article (dtd 6 December 2002) from NASA's Earth Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

New Evidence of Climate Change in Western Canada.  Press release (dtd 27 November 2002) from International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP). (link posted 7 January 2003)

Study reveals climate change in Western Canada.  Press release (dtd 27 November 2002, Press release from University of Toronto. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Ocean robots watching our climate.  Press release (dtd 18 Nov 2002) from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). (link posted 7 January 2003)

Key to global warming prediction within reach.  Press release (dtd 14 November 2002) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). (link posted 7 January 2003)

Audio fileEarth & Sky.  Daily science radio series, currently funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Both transcripts & audio files are provided:

  • Earth's Perihelion.  "Winter on the northern half of Earth's globe comes during the southern hemisphere's summer. A listener's question about seasons on opposite parts of the globe." Transcript & audio segment (original broadcast date: 1 January 2003). (link posted 7 January 2003)

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Gulf of Alaska Warmer Than Usual
Gulf of Alaska Warmer Than Usual
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El Nino

Most recent El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Diagnostic Advisory. Issued monthly by the US Climate Prediction Center/National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).  According to the most recent report (9 January  2003):  "Most coupled model and statistical model forecasts indicate that El Niño conditions will continue through the northern spring of 2003. Thereafter the forecasts are more uncertain, during a time of the year when all of the techniques have difficulty in making skillful forecasts.."  The advisory includes a summary of anticipated global and U.S. impacts.  (link updated 3 January 2003)

NASA Data Indicates El Niño Will Intensify and Move East.  Press release (dtd 12 December 2002) from NASA's Earth Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

NOAA Says El Nino to Influence U.S. Weather.  Press release (dtd 12 Dec 2002) from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Will Climate Change Temper El Niño's Tantrums?  Press release (dtd 9 December 2002) from NASA's Earth Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

NASA Tree-Ring Study Reveals Long History of El Niño.  Press release (dtd 9 December 2002) NASA's Earth Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

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January 2003 Internet Postings Related to...
The Global Water Cycle

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Giant Iceberg Drifts out to Sea
Giant Iceberg Drifts out to Sea
  (image posted by NASA November 2002).

Upcoming Event: 15 March 2003.  Kyoto, Japan.  Water Technologies for the Developing World.  One-Day Workshop.  Sponsor: US Global Water Cycle Program. 

Hitchhiking rocks provide details of glacial melting in West Antarctic.  Press release (dtd 2 Jan 2003) from Nature. (link posted 7 January 2003)

NOAA's National Data Buoy Center Busy with Growing Role.  Article (dtd 13 Dec 2002) from NOAA Magazine Online. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Study Published in Science Finds Freshwater Runoff into Arctic Ocean on the Rise .  Press release (dtd 13 December 2002) NASA's Earth Observatory. See also:  (links posted 7 January 2003)

  • Researchers Track Rise of Fresh Water in Arctic Ocean.  "A study in the journal Science finds the volume of fresh water flowing into the Arctic Ocean from rivers in Asia and Europe appears to be rising. The phenomenon could have a transforming impact on currents and global climate by century's end."  Segment from National Public Radio's Morning Edition (broadcast on 17 Dec 2002)

Increases in Rainfall Variability Related to Global Climate Change Alter Productivity and Plant Community Composition.  Press release (dtd 12 December 2002) from National Science Foundation (NSF). (link posted 7 January 2003)

Record melt in Arctic and Greenland.  Article (dtd 9 December 2002) from  Nature Science Update. See also:

NASA Research Offers Explanation for Earth's Bulging Waistline.    "A team of researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and the Royal Observatory of Belgium has apparently solved a recently observed mystery regarding changes to the physical shape of Earth and its gravity field. The answer, they found, appears to lie in the melting of sub-polar glaciers and mass shifts in the Southern, Pacific and Indian Oceans associated with global-scale climate changes."  Article (dtd 6 December 2002) from NASA's Earth Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

From NASA's
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Tropical Cloud Systems and CERES
Tropical Cloud Systems and CERES
  (image posted by NASA  November 2002).

NASA Devising Method to Remotely Monitor Ocean Environment.  Article (dtd 6 December 2002) from NASA's Earth Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

Ocean robots watching our climate.  "A new array of ocean robots has begun working deep in the Indian Ocean to help scientists understand Australia's changing climate." Press release (dtd 18 Nov 2002) from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). (link posted 7 January 2003)

Is the Hydrological Cycle Accelerating?  Summary of article in Science (published 15 Nov 2002). (link posted 7 January 2003)

Audio fileEarth & Sky.  Daily science radio series, currently funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Both transcripts & audio files are provided: (links posted 6 January 2003)

  • NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission.  "Scientists are combining data from a sophisticated new weather satellite and much older satellites to produce a very accurate global weather map."  Transcript & audio segment (original broadcast date: 5 January 2003).
  • Ocean Exploration.  "The funding process for science often requires that scientists say what they hope to learn before they do the work. Learn more about science funding -- as it relates to our knowledge of Earth's oceans."  Transcript & audio segment (original broadcast date: 4 January 2003).
  • Ocean Conveyor Belt .  "Winds drive the ocean's surface currents -- they blow water from east to west and north to south. But seawater can also move in another direction -- down. Discover currents deep in the oceans."  Transcript & audio segment (original broadcast date: 3 January 2003).
  • Seeing Salt .  "Large amounts of warm water move around the oceans' surface -- with an influence on climate in many parts of the world. A scientist talks about ways to track where all this water goes."  Transcript & audio segment (original broadcast date: 2 January 2003).


Logo for the Weather NotebookAudio fileNoctilucent Clouds.  "Climate scientists are now studying "glow in the dark" clouds that appear high in the earth's atmosphere in polar regions. These clouds are now being seen in lower latitudes which researchers suspect may be related to climate changes. Jeff Rice of Boise, Idaho reports."   Transcript & audio segment (original broadcast date: 26 November 2002) from The Weather Notebook, a nationally syndicated radio series on global climate change produced by New Hampshire's Mount Washington Observatory. (link posted 7 January 2003)

 
 

 

 

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