May 20, 2024

The world’s benchmark climate monitoring station passes a major milestone

On May 17, 1974, staff of the new National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Monitoring for Climatic Change program took their first atmospheric measurements for what would become one of the most scientifically significant records of humanity’s impact on Earth’s climate.
April 5, 2024

No sign of greenhouse gases increases slowing in 2023

Levels of the three most important human-caused greenhouse gases—carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide—continued their steady climb during 2023, according to NOAA scientists. While the rise in these heat-trapping gases recorded in the air samples collected by NOAA’s Global Monitoring Laboratory in 2023 was not quite as high as the record jumps observed in recent years, they were in line with the steep increases observed during the past decade.
April 4, 2024

Sunset at the South Pole signals 6 months of darkness

On March 20 the Northern Hemisphere had its first full day of spring. But for researchers and staff at NOAA’s South Pole Observatory, March 20 brought austral autumn, and along with it the last appearance of the sun at the South Pole for six months.
March 18, 2024

Women’s History Month: A Conversation With Dr. Xin Lan

This article continues a series of interviews with NOAA Climate Program Office (CPO) employees and CPO-funded scientists in celebration of Women’s History Month. Dr. Xin Lan is a carbon cycle scientist with NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML) through the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) of University of Colorado Boulder.
March 18, 2024

Women’s History Month 2024: What it means to me

March is National Women’s History Month, an opportunity to celebrate pioneering women in American history, while turning an eye to the contributions women are making—and will make—to society, especially in career fields historically inaccessible to women. In this video series, #WomenOfNOAA share advice they would give to their younger selves.
March 5, 2024

Meet the women of NOAA advancing greenhouse gas research

While the women of NOAA Research contribute to innovative and impactful progress towards NOAA’s mission year-round, during Women’s History Month we take the opportunity to get to know them on a deeper level. Meet six women who are advancing NOAA's greenhouse gas research.
March 1, 2024

Photo story: Flying north for the winter

In mid-February, scientists and staff working at Amundsen Scott Station in Antarctica — including researchers from NOAA — boarded a specially equipped Air National Guard C-130 for the last scheduled flight for nine months.
January 22, 2024

Department of Energy to help NOAA’s Mauna Loa observatory go net-zero

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded NOAA $5 million to support the conversion of the Mauna Loa atmospheric baseline observatory in Hawaii to a net-zero carbon facility. The award will help NOAA’s Global Monitoring Laboratory purchase solar panels and battery storage systems that will enable the observatory to operate on renewable energy.
January 19, 2024

GML highlights at the 2024 AMS annual meeting

GML and CIRES researchers are presenting several talks and posters, and collaborating on others, at the 2024 annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society.
January 11, 2024

2023: The year in photos

We asked members of the NOAA Education community to share their most memorable photos from 2023. These images highlight program successes and challenges while honoring the dedication of teachers, educators, and NOAA staff across the country. Take a look at our favorite photos of the year.
January 10, 2024

Biden-Harris Administration invests $34 million for NOAA fire weather research through Investing in America agenda

Today, the Department of Commerce and NOAA announced the award of more than $34 million to reduce the risk to Americans’ lives and property from wildfires. This funding will support wildfire preparedness and response as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
December 20, 2023

A volcanic eruption sent enough water vapor into the stratosphere to cause a rapid change in chemistry

The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano on January 15, 2022, produced the largest underwater explosion ever recorded by modern scientific instruments, blasting an enormous amount of water and volcanic gases higher than any other eruption in the satellite era.
December 19, 2023

Top NOAA Research stories from 2023

Record-breaking marine heatwaves, increasing greenhouse gas concentrations, an above average hurricane season, and numerous deep sea discoveries made 2023 a busy year for NOAA Research. Let’s explore some of our top stories from this year!
December 13, 2023

One year after the eruption, Mauna Loa Observatory has resumed key science activities

Over the past year since the eruption of Mauna Loa volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island on Nov. 27, 2022, MLO staff visiting the site once a week via helicopter have restored limited power to four key observatory buildings by augmenting existing solar generation and adding battery systems.
December 6, 2023

Record fossil carbon dioxide emissions impeding progress on meeting climate goals: report

Greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels are projected to reach a record 36.8 billion metric tons in 2023, an increase of 1.1% over 2022, according to an annual report by the Global Carbon Project. While emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are declining in some regions including Europe and the United States, they continue to rise overall, the authors said, adding that global action to reduce fossil fuel consumption is not happening fast enough to prevent dangerous impacts from climate change.