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Public Release: 19-Sep-2014
Dwindling wind may tip predator-prey balance
Rising temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns may get the lion's share of our climate change attention, but predators may want to give some thought to wind, according to a University of Wisconsin Madison zoologist's study, which is among the first to demonstrate the way 'global stilling' may alter predator-prey relationships.
National Science Foundation

Contact: Brandon Barton
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Public Release: 19-Sep-2014
Environmental Science & Technology
Environmental pollutants make worms susceptible to cold
Some pollutants are more harmful in a cold climate than in a hot, because they affect the temperature sensitivity of certain organisms. Now researchers from Danish universities have demonstrated how this happens, and it can help us better predict contamination risks, especially in the Arctic.

Contact: Birgitte Svennevig
University of Southern Denmark

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
Agricultural fires in the Ukraine
Numerous fires -- marked with red dots -- are burning in Eastern Europe, likely as a result of regional agricultural practices.

Contact: Lynn Jenner
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 18-Sep-2014
Global Ecology and Biogeography
Fall foliage season may be later, but longer on warmer Earth
The fall foliage season in some areas of the United States could come much later and possibly last a little longer by the end of the century as climate change causes summer temperatures to linger later into the year, according to Princeton University researchers. The delay could result in a longer growing season that would affect carbon uptake, agriculture, water supplies and animal behavior, among many other areas.

Contact: Morgan Kelly
Princeton University

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Shorebird's beak inspires UT Arlington research on water collection
A UT Arlington engineering professor and his doctoral student have designed a device based on a shorebird's beak that can accumulate water collected from fog and dew.

Contact: Herb Booth
University of Texas at Arlington

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
California's King Fire east of Sacramento
California's King Fire tripled in size from Monday, Sept. 15, to Tuesday morning, Sept. 16, and current weather conditions are doing nothing more than helping it along.

Contact: Lynn Jenner
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 17-Sep-2014
Coral Reefs
Study finds Great Barrier Reef is an effective wave absorber
New research has found that the Great Barrier Reef, as a whole, is a remarkably effective wave absorber, despite large gaps between the reefs. This means that landward of the reefs, waves are mostly related to local winds rather than offshore wave conditions.

Contact: Glenn Harris
University of Southampton

Public Release: 16-Sep-2014
Smoke wafts over the Selway Valley in Idaho
Smoke from the fires in the Selway Complex and the Johnson Bar fire is wafting into the Selway River valley.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 16-Sep-2014
36 Pit Fire in Oregon
The 36 Pit Fire began on Sept. 13, 2014. The fire is human-caused and is still under investigation.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 16-Sep-2014
NASA's HS3 mission covers transition of Hurricane Cristobal
NASA's Global Hawk 872 aircraft flew over Hurricane Cristobal on Aug. 28 and 29 and gathered data on the storm as it was becoming extra-tropical.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 16-Sep-2014
NASA HS3 instrument views 2 dimensions of clouds
NASA's Cloud Physics Lidar instrument, flying aboard an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft in this summer's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission, is studying the changing profile of the atmosphere in detail to learn more about how hurricanes form and strengthen.

Contact: Ellen Gray
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 16-Sep-2014
Dry conditions and lightning strikes make for a long California fire season
The fire season in California has been anything but cooperative this year. Hot conditions combined with a state-wide drought and dry lightning makes for unpleasant conditions and leads to an abundance of forest fires.

Contact: Lynn Jenner
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 16-Sep-2014
Geophysical Research Letters
Tornadoes occurring earlier in 'Tornado Alley'
Peak tornado activity in the central and southern Great Plains of the United States is occurring up to two weeks earlier than it did half a century ago, according to a new study whose findings could help states in 'Tornado Alley' better prepare for these violent storms.

Contact: Nanci Bompey
American Geophysical Union

Public Release: 16-Sep-2014
New research shows tornadoes occurring earlier in 'Tornado Alley'
Peak tornado activity in the central and southern Great Plains is occurring up to two weeks earlier than it did half a century ago.

Contact: Evelyn Boswell
Montana State University

Public Release: 15-Sep-2014
Monthly Weather Review
Research offers new way to predict hurricane strength, destruction
A new study by Florida State University researchers demonstrates a different way of projecting a hurricane's strength and intensity that could give the public a better idea of a storm's potential for destruction.

Contact: Kathleen Haughney
Florida State University

Public Release: 15-Sep-2014
The Holocene
The creation of the Vuoksi River preceded a significant cultural shift
The creation of the Vuoksi River and the subsequent rapid decrease in the water level of Lake Saimaa approximately 6,000 years ago revealed thousands of square kilometers of new, fertile land in eastern Finland. A multidisciplinary research project organised by University of Helsinki researchers has studied the role that the decrease in water levels has played in the interaction between nature and humans
Academy of Finland

Contact: Markku Oinonen
University of Helsinki

Public Release: 15-Sep-2014
Marine Ecology Progress Series
Study finds warming Atlantic temperatures could increase range of invasive species
Warming water temperatures due to climate change could expand the range of many native species of tropical fish, including the invasive and poisonous lionfish, according to a study of 40 species along rocky and artificial reefs off North Carolina by researchers from NOAA and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. The findings, reported for the first time, were published in the September issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, University of North Carolina - Wilmington

Contact: Ben Sherman
NOAA Headquarters

Public Release: 12-Sep-2014
Selway complex and Johnson Bar fires in Idaho
Two fires are seen burning in this satellite image taken by the Aqua satellite on Sept. 11, 2014.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 11-Sep-2014
Journal of Geophysical Research
NASA research helps unravel mysteries of the Venusian atmosphere
Underscoring the vast differences between Earth and its neighbor Venus, new research shows a glimpse of giant holes in the electrically charged layer of the Venusian atmosphere, called the ionosphere. The observations point to a more complicated magnetic environment than previously thought -- which in turn helps us better understand this neighboring, rocky planet.

Contact: Susan Hendrix
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 11-Sep-2014
Journal of Geology
Microscopic diamonds suggest cosmic impact responsible for major period of climate change
A new study published in the Journal of Geology provides support for the theory that a cosmic impact event over North America some 13,000 years ago caused a major period of climate change known as the Younger Dryas stadial, or 'Big Freeze.'

Contact: Emily Murphy
University of Chicago Press Journals

Public Release: 11-Sep-2014
Last decade's slow-down in global warming enhanced by an unusual climate anomaly
A hiatus in global warming ongoing since 2001 is due to a combination of a natural cooling phase, known as multidecadal variability and a downturn of the secular warming trend. The exact causes of the latter, unique in the entire observational record going back to 1850, are still to be identified, according to an article by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.

Contact: Elena Verdesoto Gonzalez
European Commission Joint Research Centre

Public Release: 10-Sep-2014
Happy Camp Fire in California and 790 Fire in Oregon
The Aqua satellite captured this image of two fire areas in Oregon and California on Sept. 6, 2014.

Contact: Lynn Jenner
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 9-Sep-2014
Fires continue in Northern California
Storms have been the major cause of the huge fires that California has been battling in its northern regions.

Contact: Lynn Jenner
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Public Release: 9-Sep-2014
International Journal of Climatology
Winter is coming: British weather set to become more unsettled
British winters are becoming increasingly volatile due to extreme variations in pressure over the North Atlantic according to scientists from the University of Sheffield.

Contact: Amy Pullan
University of Sheffield

Public Release: 5-Sep-2014
NASA adds up heavy rainfall from Hurricane Norbert
As Hurricane Norbert continued dropping heavy amounts of rainfall on Mexico's Baja California on Sept. 5, NASA's TRMM satellite calculated the rain that had already fallen.

Contact: Rob Gutro
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center