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Friday, August 7, 2009

NASA's Earth Observatory Media Alerts: July 2009

NASA's Earth Observatory Media Alerts: July 2009
  1. Large Trees Declining in Yosemite July 29, 2009

    Large trees have declined in Yosemite National Park during the 20th century, and warmer climate conditions may play a role. (United States Geological Survey press release)

  2. Douglas-Fir, Geoducks Make Strange Bedfellows in Studying Climate Change July 29, 2009

    Scientists are comparing annual growth rings of the Pacific Northwest's largest bivalve and its most iconic tree for clues to how living organisms may have responded to changes in climate. (Oregon State University press release)

  3. Scientists Discover Amazon River is 11 Million Years Old July 29, 2009

    Researchers at the University of Liverpool have discovered that the Amazon River, and its transcontinental drainage, is around 11 million years old and took its present shape about 2.4 million years ago. (University of Liverpool press release)

  4. Wildfires Set to Increase 50 Percent by 2050 July 28, 2009

    The area of forest burnt by wildfires in the United States is set to increase by over 50 percent by 2050, according to research by climate scientists. (University of Leeds press release)

  5. Smaller Than Expected, but Severe, Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexico July 27, 2009

    Scientists found the size of this year's Gulf of Mexico dead zone to be smaller than forecasted, measuring 3,000 square miles, however the dead zone was severe where it did occur. (NOAA Headquarters press release)

  6. Earliest Animals Lived in a Lake Environment July 27, 2009

    Researchers studying ancient rock samples in South China have found that the first animal fossils in the paleontological record are preserved in ancient lake deposits, not marine sediments as commonly assumed. (University of California - Riverside press release)

  7. Study Sheds Light on Earthquake Hazard along San Andreas Fault July 27, 2009

    Researchers have discovered new faults that reveal how earthquake-induced stress is transferred below Southern California's Salton Sea. (University of California - San Diego press release)

  8. New Research Provides Insight into Ice Sheet Behavior July 20, 2009

    Scientists describe how a new 3-D map created from radar measurements reveals features in the landscape beneath a vast river of ice, 10 times wider than the Rhine, in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. (British Antarctic Survey press release)

  9. Future of Water Supply in the West Threatened by Climate Change July 20, 2009

    As the West warms, a drier Colorado River system could see as much as a one-in-two chance of fully depleting all of its reservoir storage by mid-century assuming current management practices continue on course, according to a new study. (University of Colorado at Boulder press release)

  10. Scientists Assess Flooding and Damage from 2008 Myanmar Cyclone July 17, 2009

    Researchers report on a field survey, done three months after Tropical cyclone Nargis made landfall in the Asian nation of Myanmar on May 2, 2008, to document the extent of the flooding and resulting damage. (Georgia Institute of Technology Research News press release)

  11. Professor Hopes to Help High Elevation Pines Grow July 17, 2009

    Thread-like fungi that grow in soils at high elevations may play an important role in restoring whitebark and limber pine forests in Canada, and a professor is looking for ways to use the fungi to help pine seedlings get a strong start. (Montana State University press release)

  12. 'Motion Picture' of Past Warming Paves Way for Snapshots of Future Climate Change July 16, 2009

    By accurately modeling Earth's last major global warming -- and answering pressing questions about its causes -- scientists are unraveling the intricacies of the kind of abrupt climate shifts that may occur in the future. (University of Wisconsin-Madison press release)

  13. Research Indicates Ocean Current Shutdown May be Gradual July 16, 2009

    The findings of a major new study are consistent with gradual changes of current systems in the North Atlantic Ocean, rather than a more sudden shutdown that could lead to rapid climate changes in Europe and elsewhere. (Oregon State University press release)

  14. Solar Cycle Linked to Global Climate July 16, 2009

    New research shows that maximum solar activity and its aftermath have impacts on Earth that resemble La Niña and El Niño events in the tropical Pacific Ocean, and the findings may pave the way toward better weather predictions. (NCAR/UCAR press release)

  15. Ancient Global Warming Episode Holds Clues to Future Climate July 16, 2009

    A global warming event 55 million years ago cannot be solely explained by atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, a study shows. (University of Hawaii at Manoa press release)

  16. Arctic Sea Ice Images Derived From Classified Data Should Be Made Public July 15, 2009

    Hundreds of images derived from classified data that could be used to better understand rapid loss and transformation of Arctic sea ice should be immediately released and disseminated to the scientific research community, says a new report. (National Academy of Sciences press release)

  17. Scientists Unveil New Seasonal Hurricane Forecasting Model July 15, 2009

    Scientists have developed a new computer model that they hope will predict with unprecedented accuracy how many hurricanes will occur in a given season. (Florida State University press release)

  18. Global Warming: Our Best Guess is Likely Wrong July 14, 2009

    No one knows exactly how much Earth's climate will warm due to carbon emissions, but a new study this week suggests scientists' best predictions about global warming might be incorrect. (Rice University press release)

  19. Science Adopts a New Definition of Seawater July 7, 2009

    The world's peak ocean science body has adopted a new definition of seawater developed by Australian, German and U.S. scientists to make climate projections more accurate. (CSIRO Australia press release)

  20. New Type of El Nino Could Mean More Hurricanes Make Landfall July 2, 2009

    A new study suggests that the form of El Niño may be changing, causing not only a greater number of hurricanes than in average years, but also a greater chance of hurricanes making landfall. (Georgia Institute of Technology press release)

  21. Plants' Internal Clock Can Improve Climate-Change Models July 2, 2009

    A new study suggests that plants' circadian clock, from a molecular viewpoint, has an ecological implication: it makes climate change scenarios and CO2 level figures more accurate. (FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology press release)

  22. Plants Save the Earth from an Icy Doom July 1, 2009

    Researchers show that land plants saved the Earth from a deep frozen fate by buffering the removal of atmospheric CO2 over the past 24 million years. (Yale University press release)

  23. The Least Sea Ice in 800 Years July 1, 2009

    New research, which reconstructs the extent of ice in the sea between Greenland and Svalbard from the 13th century to the present indicates that there has never been so little sea ice as there is now. (University of Copenhagen press release)

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