Isaac Held Awarded 2018 Roger Revelle Medal
Dec. 19, 2018

AOS Faculty Member Isaac Held, a GFDL senior research scientist, was awarded the 2018 Roger Revelle Medal on December 12 by the American Geophysical Union for his pioneering work to answer some of the biggest questions about the structure of our atmosphere and how its large…

Natural Ocean Fluctuations Could Help Explain Antarctic Sea Ice Changes
Dec. 18, 2018

Since satellite records of sea ice began in the 1970s, the world's poles have shown a contrasting picture.  While Arctic sea ice levels have fallen steadily over the past few decades, Antarctic sea ice levels have shown a less clear trend -- increasing for several decades before falling to new lows in the last few years.

A recent

Data from Robotic Ocean Floats Reveal that Waters Off Antarctica Don’t Absorb as Much Carbon as Scientists Thought
Dec. 17, 2018

The Southern Ocean is one of humanity’s allies, slowing global warming by absorbing heat and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But now researchers report that the choppy waters around Antarctica are also quietly belching out massive quantities of CO2 during the dark and windy winter, reducing the ocean’s climate…

Registration for GFDL 2019 Poster Expo Now Open
Nov. 30, 2018

GFDL will be holding its sixth Poster Expo on Jan 30, 2019 from 1-4pm.
Poster presentations on research topics relevant to the broader GFDL community, as well as topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion are welcome.
Logistics and registration information can be found on the

Houston's Urban Sprawl Increased Rainfall, Flooding during Hurricane Harvey
Nov. 14, 2018

Princeton and University of Iowa researchers, including lead author Wei Zhang,  a former AOS visiting associate research scholar (currently an assistant research scientist at Iowa's IIHR- Hydroscience and Engineering research center), and Princeton co-author AOS Faculty Member Gabe Vecchi, professor of Geosciences and the…

Human Activities are Dissolving the Seafloor
Nov. 5, 2018

With increasing carbon dioxide from human activities, more acidic water is reaching the deep sea, dissolving some calcite-based sediments, say an international team of researchers, including AOS Research Oceanographer Robert (Bob) Key and Brian Arbic

Earth’s Oceans have Absorbed 60 Percent More Heat Per Year than Previously Thought
Nov. 2, 2018

Since 1991, the world's oceans have absorbed an amount of heat energy each year that is 150 times greater than the energy humans produce as electricity annually, suggesting that Earth is more sensitive to fossil-fuel emissions than we knew, according to a study by…

Global Race to Create Better Climate Change Simulations: A Q&A with V. Balaji
Oct. 30, 2018

In an interview with the Hindustan Times, V. Balaji, head, Modeling System Group, AOS/GFDL, talks about climate science, modeling systems and his views on how the Anthropocene age is unfolding.

Here’s Why Hurricanes are Rapidly Exploding in Strength
Oct. 15, 2018

AOS Faculty Member Gabe Vecchi quoted in a Washington Post article on the rapid intensification of recent hurricanes like Michael as they make landfall.

Climate Warming to Boost Major Hurricanes in Active Atlantic Seasons
Sept. 28, 2018

New research that looks at the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season projects that if similar weather conditions occur in the future, it’s likely that the number of major hurricanes (category 3 and higher) would increase by two in a similar active year at the end of century.