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CryoSat detects sudden ice loss in Southern Antarctic Peninsula

22 May 2015

A recent acceleration in ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica has been detected by ESA's ice mission.

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Dynamic Spring weather in North Atlantic waters

This composite image from Suomi NPP data shows the northwest Atlantic Ocean on 14 May 2015, with the New England and Canadian Maritimes in the background. Increasing sunlight, nutrient runoff from land and upwelling from the deep, and changeable atmospheric weather all conspire to colour the ocean surface with interesting patterns.

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NASA soil moisture mission begins science operations

19 May 2015

NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or thawed has begun science operations.

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10 years of the Microwave Humidity Sounder

20 May 2015

Ten years ago, on 20 May 2005, the first Microwave Humidity Sounder (MHS) instrument was launched into orbit on board the NOAA-18 satellite.

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Location matters in the lowland Amazon

25 May 2015

New work from Carnegie's Greg Asner illustrates a hidden tapestry of chemical variation across the lowland Peruvian Amazon, with plants in different areas producing an array of chemicals that changes across the region's topography.

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Radar views of permanent ice for climate research – DLR research flights over Greenland

22 May 2015

The Greenland ice sheet is, in places, more than three kilometres thick and a crucial feature in climate modelling. Scientists from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), together with colleagues from ETH Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich), are currently conducting tests of a new radar imaging process in a research flight campaign over Greenland.

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International Conference on the Water and Energy cycles in the Tropics

17 - 19 November 2015

Organisation: CNES / CNRS

Location: Paris, France

Conference Overview:

The aim of the conference is to provide a forum to review and discuss the latest research on the topic of the water and energy cycles with emphasis on tropical regions. The tropical energy cycles are central to the climate, its variability and its future evolution as reflected in the WCRP Grand Challenges being led by both the GEWEX program and the WGCM. The dynamical nature of the tropical water cycle and the control on the energy balance on both the tropical atmospheric dynamics and water cycle is one of the main incentives of the conference.

Sessions covering the various aspects of this complex coupled problem are anticipated, including topics on the large scale Hadley/Walker circulation, the ITCZ, ENSO, monsoons, MJO, tropical convection, extreme rain events and droughts, and water and energy budget studies associated with these phenomena. The conference will bring together theoretical, observing (in-situ and from satellites) and modeling perspectives as well as address the evolution of the tropical phenomena under climate change.

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