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"Climate Data Analysis Tools Facilitate Scientific Investigations," Vol. 90 No. 35, 1 Sep 2009
Summary: The article outlines the usefulness of the Climate Data Analysis Tools (CDAT; http://www-pcmdi.llnl.gov/software-portal/) in a variety of applications across disciplines outside of climate science.
"International Arctic Sea Ice Monitoring Program Continues Into Second Summer," Vol. 90 No. 37, 15 Sep 2009
Summary: A web-based Sea Ice Outlook program initiated by the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) in May of 2008 has continued for a second summer in 2009. The outlook asks participating researchers to give projections of mean Arctic sea ice extent for September in early June, and the estimates are later compared with the observed sea ice fluctuations.
"A Comprehensive Data Portal for Global Climate Information," Vol. 90 No. 39, 29 Sep 2009
Summary: An outline of the uses and functionality of the Global Observing Systems Information Center (GOSIC; http://www.gosic.org), which manages an online data access service. The goal of GOSIC is to "provide basic user systems and their data as well as a tailored search capability that facilitates access to a world-wide set of observations and derived products."
"The Urgent Need for Improved Climate Models and Predictions," Vol. 90 No. 39, 29 Sep 2009
Summary: A $2 billion USD investment over the next 10 years for the development of improved climate models was recommended in a report from the May 2008 World Modelling Summit for Climate Prediction. The report argues that the investment in the models is small compared to the trillion-dollar decisions climate models guide.
"A Regional Climate Change Assessment Program for North America," Vol. 90 No. 36 8 Sep 2009
Summary: An overview of the North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP), designed to fill in the research gap in North American Climate Programs.
"Carbon Cycle Observations: Gaps Threaten Climate Mitigation Policies," Vol. 90 No. 34, 25 Aug 2009
Summary: This forum "highlights the most significant gaps and threats to carbon cycle observations- including observations from satellites; in situ observations of land, ocean, and aquatic systems; and direct atmospheric measurements- and suggests ways to improve the U.S. National effort."
"In Brief: Coral bleaching likely in Caribbean and other regions," Vol. 90 No. 31 4 Aug 2009
Summary: A June 22 NOAA Coral Reef Watch announcement warns that coral bleaching in the Caribbean could "reach or exceed the levels recorded in 2005, where up to 90% of corals there were bleached and more than half of those died." Full Story