McMurdo Dry Valley Glacier

Tracking decade-long changes in an Antarctic polar desert

Aug. 7, 2017

An abnormal season of intense glacial melt in 2002 triggered multiple distinct changes in the physical and biological characteristics of Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys (MDV) over the ensuing decade, new research led by CWEST's Education Committee Chair Michael Gooseff shows. The findings suggest that even abrupt, short-lived climate events can... Read more »
Michael Gooseff

Dr. Michael Gooseff named 2017 GSA Fellow

July 7, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Gooseff, newly named 2017 Geologic Society of America Fellow . GSA Fellows are recognized for their distinguished contributions to the geosciences through publications, applied research, teaching, administration of geological programs, contributing to the public awareness of geology, leadership of professional organizations, and taking on editorial, bibliographica,... Read more »
Snow survey on NWT Ridge

Video of INSTAAR scientists collecting hydrologic data on Niwot Ridge

July 6, 2017

Each spring, a team of researchers from CU Boulder and INSTAAR heads to Arikaree Glacier, the source of Boulder's drinking water, to measure snowpack depth. The data are used to help forecast water supplies and estimate wildfire danger for the coming year. The survey helps maintain an unbroken record of... Read more »
McMurdo Scientists and Anthony Bourdain

McMurdo LTER hosts TV Chef Anthony Bourdain

June 5, 2017

Anthony Bourdain, TV Chef and host of CNN's Parts Unknown, visits MCM LTER. PI Michael Gooseff (left) and Co-I Byron Adams (right) pictured with Bourdain (middle). Photo from Gooseff. Given the recent political climate, scientific outreach is more important than ever. The McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER (MCM LTER) has taken... Read more »
Jay Famiglietti

Dr. Jay Famiglietti: April 26th seminar on freshwater security and science communication

April 18, 2017

If you were unable to attend this event, you may now watch the video recording of Dr. Famiglietti's talk on CWEST's YouTube Channel . Please join the Center for Water, Earth Science and Technology (CWEST) for a seminar by Professor Jay Famiglietti on 21st Century Global Freshwater Security: Can it... Read more »
Earth Observatory Image of the Sierra Nevada Snowpack

Abundant California snowpack smashes norms

March 2, 2017

NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Snow Melt Equivalent data courtesy of Leanne Lestak/UC Boulder and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and MODIS data from LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Mike Carlowicz. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is surpassing record averages by staggering amounts and CWEST data is contributing to... Read more »
Scientists on Niwot Ridge

Renewed Funding for Niwot Ridge LTER

Feb. 22, 2017

Amy Miller (center) and Katie Suding (right), with other research team members, conduct a study involving nitrogen deposition on a tundra of Niwot Ridge. (Photo courtesy William Bowman, INSTAAR) Every Tuesday during the winter, a group of intrepid researchers braves winds of up to 160 mph and temperatures as low... Read more »
Ryan Webb

NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites

Feb. 21, 2017

Ryan Webb towing the Ground Penetrating Radar sled to collect snowpack information along a transect at SnowEx. DENVER (AP) — Instrument-laden aircraft are surveying the Colorado high country this month as scientists search for better ways to measure how much water is locked up in the world's mountain snows —... Read more »
Hydro Sci Symposium

12th Annual Hydrologic Science Student Research Symposium

Feb. 16, 2017

The Hydrologic Science Symposium poster was designed by Aaron Heldmyer The Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program is excited to announce its 12th Annual Hydrologic Sciences Symposium! This year's theme is: "Collaboration and Connections - Protecting and Restoring Water Resources". The Symposium will take place April 6th and 7th at the SEEC... Read more »

The Water, Energy, and Biogeochemical Model now available

Feb. 13, 2017

WEBMOD model "buckets." Image: USGS NRP The USGS NRP recently released the Water Energy and Biogeochemical Model (WEBMOD) that simulates water and solute fluxes through watersheds. More specifically, the semi-distributed water-scale water-balance model simulates hydrologic and geochemical storages and fluxes on a daily time step. The model framework utilizes the... Read more »