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California Floods Linked to Atmospheric Water Vapor “Rivers”

Sarah Stanley, Freelance Writer

From Research Spotlights— Narrow atmospheric streams of water vapor that deliver heavy rains are more commonly associated with floods and debris flows in northern California than with flash floods in southern California.  Around the world, huge streams of water vapor known as atmospheric rivers.... more

Ship exhaust makes oceanic thunderstorms more intense

Press Release—  Thunderstorms directly above two of the world’s busiest shipping lanes are significantly more powerful than storms in areas of the ocean where ships don’t travel, according to new research. A new study mapping lightning around the globe finds lightning strokes occur nearly twice as.... more

Heat stress escalates in cities under global warming

Blog—  Heatwaves are intensifying in cities due to the double whammy of the urban heat island effect and global warming, according to a new study. The study’s authors used computer models to simulate with unprecedented detail the temperature changes through the mid-21st century in Belgian cities..... more

How microorganisms drive water convection

Editor’s Highlight—   Biomixing in natural bodies of water is a controversial topic. The initial excitement about organisms mixing oceans with their swimming motions has subsided, and biomixing is now regarded as insignificant in the context of ocean mixing. But bioconvection driven by density difference.... more

Determining the cause of an earthquake in a seismically quiet zone

Editor’s Highlight—   The April 2017 earthquake at Moiyabana, Botswana, was unusual in that it occurred in an area with little previously known seismicity. This paper integrates a range of data sets (including magnetic, seismic, and InSAR data) to determine the likely cause of this earthquake. The nature.... more

Researchers find direct evidence of sea level ‘fingerprints’

Press Release—  Researchers have reported the first observation of sea level “fingerprints,” tell-tale differences in sea level rise around the world in response to changes in continental water and ice sheet mass. The team’s findings have been accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters,.... more

Computer earthquake prediction in lab shows promise

Blog— By listening to the acoustic signal emitted by a laboratory-created earthquake, a computer science approach using machine learning can predict the time remaining before the fault fails. “At any given instant, the noise coming from the lab fault zone provides quantitative information on when the.... more


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Early Results: Juno at Jupiter 

Early results from Juno's mission at Jupiter including approach to Jupiter and the first perijove pass (PJ1). Juno's scientific objectives include the study of Jupiter's interior, atmosphere and polar magnetosphere with the goal of understanding Jupiter's origin, formation and evolution. This collection of papers provides early results from Juno's measurements of the gravity and magnetic fields, deep atmospheric microwave sounding, infrared, visible and ultraviolet images/spectra and an array of fields and particles instruments as well as context for the early results with respect to current theory and models of Jupiter's formation and evolution. Topics include both Juno - Jupiter related theoretical models and data analysis as well as collaborative observations made from Earth based assets.