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As we highlighted previously, the United States is approaching an unenviable challenge: the possibility of 17 months worth of dramatically diminished weather satellite coverage (to be precise, the loss of two polar-orbiting satellites that are critical for accurate weather forecasting). This seems astonishing in the wake of such a devastating and unpredictable storm as Sandy, but the reasons for it lie in past mistakes that are not so easily, or quickly, corrected.
For this reason, as reported by Climate Central, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking public input on “how to maintain the accuracy of the agency’s weather forecasts despite the loss of satellite-derived data.”
Click here for additional details, and/or to submit a comment. The deadline is 5:00 p.m. (presumably Eastern) on December 19, 2012.
Climate Central’s new Surging Seas report has resurfaced (no pun intended) a somewhat dormant dialogue on the impact of sea level rise on American coastlines, infrastructure (including energy facilities, ports and military installations), homes, and livelihoods. It’s about time. Below are a few links to the report, related resources, and the public dialogue that followed, including the U.S. Senate hearing (the first on climate science in a long while): (more…)