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April 16, 2024

NOAA Confirms 4th global coral bleaching event

The world is currently experiencing a global coral bleaching event, the fourth global event on record and the second in the last 10 years.

"From February 2023 to April 2024, significant coral bleaching has been documented in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres of each major ocean basin," said Derek Manzello, Ph.D., NOAA Coral Reef Watch coordinator.

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photo: coral bleaching in July 2022, NOAA education program

February 5, 2024

New Product Shows Promise for Methane Monitoring

“The potential for this technique is enormous,” — Shobha Kondragunta, STAR

This new geostationary data product has great potential to improve our ability to monitor methane emissions, which are second only to carbon dioxide in warming effects. The technique was introduced in a recent paper by Harvard scientists.

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May 2019 methane plume as depicted in a new GOES data product, image credit: Daniel J. Varon

January 18, 2024

Pavolonis Quoted in Wildfire Detection Article

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a force-multiplier in detection efforts

Dr. Michael Pavolonis, NESDIS Wildland Fire Program Manager was quoted in an article by Meteorological Technology Today titled “How are drones, satellites and AI models working together to predict fires and save lives?”

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Drone view of wildfires
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