The Mississippi Mesonet

EarthzineArticles, Climate, Education, Original, Sections, Weather

Mississippi MesonetOver the past five years, Jackson State University has taken a leading role in the development of a world-class mesoscale observing network in Mississippi for research, education, and operational use: The Mississippi Mesonet (White and Matlack 2005). Broadly speaking a mesonet can be considered to be a network of automated weather observing stations whose spatial distribution facilitates near-real time description in between the standard “synoptic” observing stations of the National Weather Service (NWS) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In many cases, they are characterized by improved temporal resolution and supplemental sensors compared to the synoptic network.

Economic Impact of Great Lakes Shrinking

Paul RacetteEconomy, Water

Water levels in the Great Lakes are falling. For example,  Lake Ontario is about seven inches below where it was a year ago. As water levels fall shipping companies face millions in additional costs.

Critiques of a Climate Bill

Paul RacetteClimate, Politics

Connecticut Independent Joseph Lieberman and Virginia Republican John Warner, have launched major legislation on climate change that sets a marker for Congress and directly challenges the Bush administration.

An Architect of "The System of Systems"

jadamIn This Issue, Original, People

Conrad LautenbacherThe hat collection overtaking his corner office two blocks from the White House says much of Conrad Lautenbacher’s interests. The caps are mementos of a decorated 40-year Navy career and also from his current job, where part of it is running oceanographic and fisheries vessels, including underwater robots.