Investigating flowers in ultraviolet light.

High school students explore remote sensing at the Mountain Research Station

Aug. 13, 2019

Science, engineering and nature are coming together for Colorado high school students at a unique summer camp. The 2019 CU Science Discovery Mountain Research Experience, a weeklong sleepaway camp program is a chance for kids to learn about the possibilities of scientific...

Xinzhao Chu with a group of students in Antarctica.

Observations Show Gravity Waves Above Antarctica Dance in Winter

Feb. 5, 2019

New research by Xinzhao Chu, a professor of Smead Aerospace and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, and her team shows gravity waves above Antarctica exhibit seasonal patterns that peak in winter, which could help researchers trace the source of the mysterious phenomenon. Gravity waves are enormous vertical...

Researchers in Antarctica

The Buffs Who Summer in Antarctica

Dec. 7, 2018

Antarctica is one of Earth’s most forbidding places. That’s why CU researchers keep going back. Ian Geraghty (AeroEngr’18) spent his first season in Antarctica in 2017. Now a research assistant at CU, he’s part of an engineering team using laser equipment to study the mysteries of Earth’s atmosphere, including persistent...

Waves on a beach.

Uneven Rates of Sea Level Rise Tied to Climate Change

Dec. 4, 2018

The pattern of uneven sea level rise over the last quarter century has been driven in part by human-caused climate change, not just natural variability, according to a new study. The findings suggest that regions of the world where seas have risen at higher than average rates — including the...

CIRES’ Chu research group poses with CU Boulder emblems during LIDAR deployment.

Recruiting PhD students for world-class LIDAR team

May 2, 2018

CIRES’ Chu research group poses with CU Boulder emblems during LIDAR deployment in Antarctica. For more information, contact Xinzhao Chu Professor, Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences CU Boulder Download recruiting flyer University of Colorado Boulder Smead Aerospace professor Xinzhao Chu is seeking PhD students to join her LIDAR research team at...

CU Boulder Professor Xinlin Li holds up a model of the CSSWE cube satellite that studied energetic particles in Earth's magnetosphere. The new CIRBE cube satellite will build on the success of the CSSWE. Photo: LASP

Shoebox-sized cube satellite to study Earth's inner radiation belt

March 14, 2018

A NASA-funded cube satellite built and operated by CU Boulder researchers will study the inner radiation belt of Earth’s magnetosphere, providing new insight into the energetic particles that can disrupt satellites and threaten spacewalking astronauts. CU Boulder Professor Xinlin Li holds up a model of the CSSWE cube satellite that...

Steve Nerem

Sea Level Rise Accelerating

Feb. 13, 2018

A research team led by aerospace professor Steve Nerem detects an acceleration in the 25-year satellite sea level record. Global sea level rise is not cruising along at a steady 3 mm per year, it’s accelerating a little every year, like a driver merging onto a highway, according to a...

Kristine Larson

Larson awarded honorary doctorate for groundbreaking GPS research

Feb. 17, 2017

Congratulations to CU Boulder aerospace professor Kristine Larson for being awarded an honorary doctorate from the Chalmers University of Technology! Located in Gothenburg, Sweden, Chalmers is known for its engineering education and research programs. Larson is receiving the doctorate in recognition of her groundbreaking research using GPS signals to measure...

Delores Knipp

Knipp: Global Positioning System Sparks New Data Revolution

Feb. 2, 2017

Coronal Mass Ejection

Researchers dial in to 'thermostat' in Earth’s upper atmosphere

Dec. 16, 2016

A team led by CU Boulder has found the mechanism behind the sudden onset of a “natural thermostat” in Earth’s upper atmosphere that dramatically cools the air after it has been heated by violent solar activity. Scientists have known that solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs) – which release...