Although the amount of moisture stored in soil is just a small fraction of Earth’s water, it plays a big role in the Earth system. NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite, launched into orbit this morning, will collect unprecedented measurements of soil moisture around the globe.
PostedJan 16, 2015
Oceans, Physical Climate, Observations, International
2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest since record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by scientists at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
PostedJan 5, 2015
On behalf of the U.S. Government, the Department of State is requesting nominations for experts to contribute to the 6th edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6), a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) assessment that reviews the state of the global environment.
PostedDec 17, 2014
Modeling, Carbon Cycle
NASA scientists used an ultra-high-resolution supercomputer model to simulate how carbon dioxide moves through Earth’s atmosphere. Watch an animation of the model's output to see carbon dioxide swirling across the globe in stunning detail.
PostedDec 10, 2014
Water Resources, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Adaptation
Climate.Data.gov has been expanded to include a new suite of Federal data and geospatial tools related to water and ecosystems. These freely available resources and a host of associated public, private, and philanthropic commitments are intended to spur innovation and help environmental planners, natural resource managers, and others make informed decisions under changing climate conditions.
PostedDec 4, 2014
Mitigation, International, Adaptation
Future Earth, an emerging international research program with close ties to USGCRP’s mission, has released its plan for solutions-oriented research on global sustainability. The plan calls for a step-change in research to accelerate sustainable development and address serious environmental, social, and economic threats.
PostedDec 4, 2014
A new Administration initiative aims to “lift America’s game” in climate education, literacy, and training. USGCRP agencies will play a central part in this effort to connect students and citizens with the best-available scientific information about climate change .
PostedNov 25, 2014
In the Caribbean, the economic importance of agriculture and tourism—combined with rural poverty and vulnerability to extreme events like hurricanes and droughts—makes adapting to climate change an urgent necessity. The International Research and Applications Project (IRAP) aims to build resilience in the Caribbean through a better understanding of how climate information can enable regional risk management .
PostedNov 20, 2014
Carbon Cycle, Cities & Infrastructure
How do humans and the carbon cycle interact in cities? Scientists are working across disciplines to find out.
PostedNov 19, 2014
Coasts, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Agriculture & Food, Human Health, Adaptation
On Monday, the Administration released the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, a suite of community-oriented resources that provide information ranging from which neighborhoods are likely to flood in future storm surges to how future drought conditions could affect regional crop growth. Concurrently, a task force submitted recommendations for how the Federal Government can support resilience at the state, local, and tribal levels.