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CU Boulder researcher seeks to extend understanding of nuclear winter

July 25, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump in December grabbed the attention of nuclear weapons experts and others across the world by commenting in a television interview, "Let it be an arms race."Read more »
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Researchers to study environmental, human impacts of nuclear war

July 18, 2017

Scientists and students led by CU Boulder and Rutgers University are calculating the environmental and human impacts of a potential nuclear war using the most sophisticated scientific tools available. The lead researchers, CU Boulder Professor Brian Toon and Rutgers Professor Alan Robock, have been studying the threat in-depth for decades.Read more »
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ATOC Faculty Receive AGU Early Career Awards

June 28, 2017

Congratulations to ATOC faculty Kristopher Karnauskas (Ocean Scientists early Career Award) and Jan Lenaerts (Cryosphere Early Career Award) who have received accolades from groups representing their disciplines within the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the world’s largest Earth and space science society. They have been chosen for this recognition for their innovative research, important contributions to promoting better understanding of their scientific fields, and meritorious work and service to their communitiesRead more »
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As drought looms, could this team of scientists prove cloud seeding works?

June 27, 2017

THE RESEARCHERS HAD ALREADY DONE FOUR FLIGHTS, earlier in January, before they saw the first hints of what they were looking for. The crew of meteorologists, atmospheric scientists, and students had converged near Idaho’s Snake River Basin, a horseshoe-shaped depression between ranges of the Rocky Mountains that is 125 miles at its widest point.Read more »
Cora Randall

Arvada 8-year-old ponders existence of mermaids, receives detailed letter from real scientist

June 15, 2017

"Your question about mermaids in an excellent one," the letter started, which was printed on official CU letterhead. "I'm glad you decided to ask our department for the answer."Read more »
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Offshore wind turbines vulnerable to Category 5 hurricane gusts

June 7, 2017

ATOC graduate student Rochelle Worsnop is the lead author of a new paper in Geophysical Research Letters assessing hurricane impacts on wind turbines. Offshore wind turbines built according to current standards may not be able to withstand the powerful gusts of a Category 5 hurricane, creating potential risk for any such turbines built in hurricane-prone areas, new University of Colorado Boulder-led research shows. The study, which was conducted in collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, highlights the limitations of current turbine design and could provide guidance for manufacturers and engineers looking to build more hurricane-resilient turbines in the future.Read more »
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Monitoring Wind in Portugal’s Mountains Down to Microscales

May 31, 2017

Researchers are now gathered for the Perdigão field campaign, an effort to study wind flow physics at scales down to tens of meters. The effort should help engineers harness wind energy in Europe.Read more »
Cora Randall

BFA Awards Cora Randall Excellence in Leadership and Service Award

April 5, 2017

The Boulder Faculty Assembly (BFA) awarded ATOC Department Chair Cora E. Randall the Excellence in Leadership and Service Award. In recent years, Randall co-lead efforts to revise the College of Arts and Sciences core curriculum. In the words of her co-leader on that project, she "always took the time to fully inform herself about each and every issue, considered a variety of perspectives and engaged with all stakeholders, and was transparent in her decision-making and her communications with others."Read more »
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Seeded and Natural Orographic Winter Precipitation - The Idaho Experiment (SNOWIE) Update

March 7, 2017

After spending two nights at 8,000 feet elevation on top of Granite Peak running a Doppler On Wheels (DOW) radar, it was time to head back down the mountain on a road that is plowed 4 days a week. This video shows the snowmobile ride down as we maneuvered over 10' snow drifts that filled in the road after only 2 days of snow.Read more »
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Seeded and Natural Orographic Winter Precipitation - The Idaho Experiment (SNOWIE)

Feb. 22, 2017

ATOC Graduate Student Joshua Aikins is interviewed by Weather Underground regarding his work on the SNOWIE project.Read more »

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