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NOAA invests $4.5 million to improve ocean observations for weather and climate prediction
NOAA’s Climate Program Office announced today that it is investing $4.5 million in four projects to test technology designed to improve the Tropical Pacific Observing System, an array of buoys in the tropical Pacific used to better understand El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), how it develops, and how it affects Earth’s weather.
Unmanned Vessels Deployed for Alaska Ocean Research
Researchers in the Bering Sea off Alaska's west coast will get help this summer from drones, but not the kind that fly. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and private researchers are gathering data on marine mammals, fish and ocean conditions from two "autonomous sailing vessels" built by Saildrone, an Alameda, California, company.
Deep sea sounds on Radio New Zealand's This Way Up
The first audio recordings taken at the deepest point of of the world's oceans reveal that the noises humans make on the surface can penetrate to depths of over 10 kilometres. A team from the US government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has returned from the Challenger Deep trough in the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean with their findings.
Ocean’s deepest spot a noisy place, Oregon scientists find
The deepest spot on Earth is a surprisingly noisy place, scientists from Oregon discovered when they lowered a hydrophone almost seven miles below the ocean surface into the Challenger Deep. Listen to what they found.
Pushing the boundaries of research at NOAA in the ocean
Taking risks is a necessary part of advancing science. NOAA recognizes the need to invest in these emerging research areas and recently supported several inventive and high-risk projects. In 2013, leadership at NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) recognized the importance of early-stage, high-risk research and sought project proposals that would be led by OAR and involve collaboration between at least two labs and/or programs.
Nearly two years later, four of these projects are providing great rewards for the initial investment, with many generating new partnerships and creating opportunities for longer term projects that help NOAA better research everything from the atmosphere and ocean, to the weather and climate.