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Dead tree in dry landscape

Dec 8, 2023

What Can 66-Million-Year-Old Carbon Dioxide Data Tell Us About Our Future Climate?

The last time Earth had CO2 levels comparable to current ones was 14 million years ago. 

photo shows three people seated at a table working on laptop computers. two additional people are looking over their shoulders. the body language suggests they are working collaboratively on a project.

Oct 4, 2023

NSF-Funded Project Will Expand Access to Open-Source Geospatial Program

The effort will update, and expand access to, a geospatial software platform used in efforts ranging from infrastructure planning to understanding wildlife distribution. 

Michael Brennan stands in front of a large screen that displays a graphic about the 2023 hurricane season.

Aug 2, 2023

NC State Alumni Lead Nation’s Hurricane Preparedness Efforts

Two NC State alumni are leaders in the National Hurricane Center, using meteorology and behavioral science to protect people in North Carolina and across the nation. 

pacific ocean

Apr 24, 2023

Wind, Water and Warming

To improve accuracy, climate models should take the interaction between wind and ocean currents into account. 

An aerial photo shows a hurricane forming on one of Earth's oceans

Apr 13, 2023

NC State Researchers Predict Normal Hurricane Season

Researchers predict 11 to 15 named storms in the Atlantic basin for 2023. 

New National Hurricane Center director Michael Brennan earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at NC State.

Apr 13, 2023

Three-Time Grad Named Director of Hurricane Center

Mike Brennan first became interested in studying hurricanes when he was 8 years old. That’s when a catastrophic flood caused by the remnants of Hurricane Juan blew through his hometown of Roanoke, Virginia, causing 62 deaths and some $1.4 billion in damage . Among the damage was the total destruction of his grandmother’s house in… 

Globorataloides hexagonus shell recovered from a deep-sea sediment core in the tropical Pacific ocean

Jan 4, 2023

Map of Ancient Ocean ‘Dead Zones’ Could Predict Future Locations, Impacts

A map of ancient oceanic "dead zones" could help us plan for the future as the Earth grows warmer. 

Snowflake

Nov 30, 2022

New Visualization Tool Helps Weather Forecasters and Researchers More Easily Identify and Study Bands of Heavy Snow

NC State researchers developed a technique to allow weather forecasters and atmospheric scientists to distinguish heavy snow from mixed precipitation. 

satellite image of smoke across arctic

Sep 19, 2022

Wildfire Smoke May Have Amplified Arctic Phytoplankton Bloom

Smoke from a Siberian wildfire may have transported enough nitrogen to parts of the Arctic Ocean to amplify a phytoplankton bloom. 

A photograph shows an oil rig standing in the middle of the ocean.

Jul 22, 2022

Fathom Science’s Metocean Forecasting Technology Wades Into Uncharted Territory

Since receiving support from the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund in 2018, Fathom Science has delivered customized data analytics solutions. 

Debris flow

May 4, 2022

Getting a Better View of Landslide Risk With LiDAR

Geologists use LiDAR to try and figure out where landslides are more likely to occur. 

ground surface rupture

Mar 29, 2022

What the Sparta Earthquake Tells Us About Shallow Quakes

The Sparta, N.C. earthquake is the first documented surface rupture earthquake in the eastern U.S. and can help us learn more about shallow earthquakes. 

NC State University doctoral researcher Will Reckling prepares to launch a drone on Roan Mountain, NC, to map the area for endangered high-elevation plants.

Nov 8, 2021

Keeping Track of Rare Mountaintop Plants with Drones

Drones allow researchers to more safely and efficiently monitor endangered high-elevation plants. 

a two-lane road disappears into floodwaters

Oct 7, 2021

Five Years Later, Five Lessons Learned from Matthew

Matthew was a wake-up call, reinforcing the danger posed by tropical systems far from the coastline. 

rain running off of a roof

Jan 12, 2021

An Extreme, Unusual 2020: The Weather Year in Review

The unprecedented aspects of 2020 included our climate in North Carolina.