NEWS

Extended Reconstructed Sea Surface Temperature

Version 5 (ERSSTv5)

Monthly and globally averaged ERSST v5 anomaly from 1854–2016 in comparison with v4. Note that the data are more reliable after the 1940s.Online — NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) is pleased to announce that ERSST version 5 (v5) is now available online

The data outputs include ASCII and NetCDF formats in two different directories.

Each directory contains a Readme file for the information of the data file structure. Continue reading

Thermal Imaging Speeds Up Repair of Printed Circuit Boards

FLIR’s New ETS320 Thermal Infrared Imager

http://flir.co.uk/science/blog/details/index.cfm?ID=85766Meer. Belgium. —  FLIR Systems has published an application note that describes how their ETS320 thermal infrared imaging camera is being used by ISOMEDIA GmbH (Stuttgart, Germany) to investigate and speed-up the repair of assembled printed circuit boards (PBA).

Earlier this year the company invested in a FLIR ETS320 non-contact thermal measurement system.

The new portable system, which pairs a high sensitivity infrared camera with an integrated stand, has enabled ISOMEDIA to undertake hands-free thermal analysis of printed circuit boards and other small electronics. Continue reading

Global Warming 101

Everything you wanted to know about our changing climate but were too afraid to ask

March 11, 2016 Amanda MacMillan

Screen ShotStop TrumpOnline. —  This is a Q & A structured web page on the NRDC website that presents a straightforward description of the issue of Global Warming.

It starts simply like this:

Q: What is global warming?

A: Here’s a simple definition of global warming. (And yes, it’s really happening.) Over the past 50 years, the average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history.

And experts see the trend is accelerating: All but one of the 16 hottest years in NASA’s 134-year record have occurred since 2000.

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Climate change to deplete some US water basins used for irrigation

New study by MIT climate scientists experts

Solomon Hsiang et al. Estimating economic damage from climate change in the United States. Science, 2017 DOI: 10.1126/science.aal4369Online — Study finds that certain hot spots in the country will experience severe reductions in crop yields by 2050, due to climate change’s impact on irrigation.

The most adversely affected region, according to the researchers, will be the Southwest. Already a water-stressed part of the country, this region is projected to experience reduced precipitation by mid-century.

Less rainfall to the area will mean reduced runoff into water basins that feed irrigated fields. Continue reading