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International space agencies expand Earth Observing Dashboard capabilities


International space agencies expand Earth Observing Dashboard capabilities

NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have expanded the co-created Earth Observing Dashboard, originally designed to monitor Covid-19, to include six new focus areas – atmosphere, agriculture, biomass, water and ocean, cryosphere, and the economy.

The dashboard provides an easy-to-use resource that uses accurate remote sensing observations to show the changes occurring in Earth’s air, land and water, and their effects on human activities. Users can explore countries and regions around the world to see how the indicators in specific locations change over time.

The agencies collaborated to identify the most relevant satellite data streams and adapted existing computing infrastructure to share data from across the agencies and produce relevant indicators and stories.

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Human influence shifts Kyoto cherry blossom dates by more than a week


Human influence shifts Kyoto cherry blossom dates by more than a week

The dates of the world-famous cherry blossom in Kyoto have been shifted forward by more than a week due to climate change and urban development, finds Met Office research.

The study has shown how a combination of human-induced climate change and urban warming has brought forward the annual cherry blossom flowering date in Kyoto. The research found that the full flowering date has been shifted to be over a week (11 days) earlier than if no human-induced climate change or urban warming had happened.

Last year was the earliest full flowering date in the 1,200 year Kyoto record, with the cherry blossom bursting into color by March 26, 2021.

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Glasgow nurseries leverage smart water tanks and weather prediction technology to mitigate flood risk


Glasgow nurseries leverage smart water tanks and weather prediction technology to mitigate flood risk

Two new-build nursery schools in Glasgow, Scotland, are using predictive weather technology to reduce the risk of localized flooding ahead of a storm event.

Each nursery has been fitted with a smart grey water system linked to the city’s Smart Water Management Hub that instructs the tanks to pump out any previously collected rainwater to maximize underground storage capacity ahead of a storm. The Smart Water Management Hub was a key component of Glasgow’s Smart Canal project, completed in 2020.

The work to reduce the likelihood of flooding in the areas around Broomhill and Govanhill (Cuthbertson) nursery schools is part of a larger program that will see green technologies incorporated into four new early years establishments to help mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

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Ocean as important as atmosphere in causing Subpolar North Atlantic temperature changes, finds NOC study


Ocean as important as atmosphere in causing Subpolar North Atlantic temperature changes, finds NOC study

A study by scientists at the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has revealed for the first time that the ocean is as important as the atmosphere in causing unusual temperature variations in the Subpolar North Atlantic.

Furthermore, it shows that the ocean’s contribution has strengthened over the past 60 years at the expense of the atmosphere, pointing to the need for greater understanding of the ocean’s role in setting North Atlantic and European climate variability.

The study used observations of ocean temperature from the 1990s onwards and a climate simulation that includes the NOC high-res (10km) NEMO ocean model.

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Records broken for four key climate change indicators in 2021, warns WMO report


Records broken for four key climate change indicators in 2021, warns WMO report

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its annual State of the Global Climate report, stressing that new records set by four key climate change indicators are yet another clear sign that human activities are causing planetary-scale changes on land, in the ocean and in the atmosphere.

Alongside record greenhouse gas concentrations, sea-level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification measurements, extreme weather led to hundreds of billions of dollars in economic losses and took a heavy toll on human lives, as well as triggering shocks for food and water security and displacement that have been accentuated in 2022.

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NASA awards instrumentation study contracts for GeoXO meteorological satellite mission


NASA awards instrumentation study contracts for GeoXO meteorological satellite mission

US space agency NASA has selected two firms to carry out the Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) Atmospheric Composition (ACX) instrument Phase A Study, as part of NOAA’s GeoXO meteorological satellite program.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies in Colorado and Raytheon Intelligence & Space in California will both receive 20-month firm-fixed-price contracts for approximately US$5m. The work will be performed at the contractors’ facilities.

The principal purpose of this effort is to provide a definition-phase study of a GeoXO ACX instrument. The ACX instrument will be a hyperspectral, ultraviolet through visible imaging spectrometer that is planned to fly on the NOAA GeoXO series of geostationary satellites.

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Reduction in anthropogenic air pollution linked to increase in hurricane activity


Reduction in anthropogenic air pollution linked to increase in hurricane activity

A new NOAA study analyzing four decades of tropical cyclones has found that a reduction in particulate air pollution in Europe and North America has contributed to an increase in the number of tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic basin and a decrease in the number of these storms in the Southern Hemisphere.

The study also found that the growth of particulate pollution in Asia has contributed to fewer tropical cyclones in the western North Pacific basin.

Hiroyuki Murakami, the study’s author and physical scientist at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), said, “Air pollution is a big environmental risk to human health and we have made great strides in reducing health risks by reducing particulate air pollution.

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Final workshop held for EU-backed flood management improvement initiative


Final workshop held for EU-backed flood management improvement initiative

A delegation from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) has taken part in the final workshop of an EU-funded initiative to create better tools for the management of floods, especially in smaller rivers where current pan-European forecasting capacities are limited.

The Advanced Tools for pro-Active Management of Impacts and Risks Induced by Convective Weather, Heavy Rain and Flash floods in Europe (TAMIR) project has been coordinated by the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), with outcomes of the project being built into the EU’s Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS). The final workshop, held in Helsinki, Finland, on May 4 and 5, included 85 participants.

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