Firework stand

Over 100 fire scientists urge the U.S. West: Skip the fireworks this record-dry 4th of July

June 30, 2021

With this combination of extreme drought, heat and dry vegetation, all it takes is a spark to ignite a wildfire.

Fortress Mountain in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Canada.

Increased winter snowmelt threatens western water resources

April 7, 2021

More snow is melting during winter across the West, a concerning trend that could impact everything from ski conditions to fire danger and agriculture, according to a new CU Boulder analysis of 40 years of data.

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Students, staff and faculty honored for diversity efforts

April 7, 2021

Recipients, chosen by faculty committee, ‘work tirelessly and most times in the dark’ for diversity and inclusion.

U.S.-Mexico Border  Jacumba Hot Springs, California

Award prompts students to rethink the last year and the West

March 9, 2021

The Thompson awards from the Center of the American West urge students to write about the West and show them the year that was for a $500 prize.

DC region hires

Scholars reveal the changing nature of U.S. cities

Jan. 28, 2021

New research unravels the mystery of how our cities evolved into their present form.

sea ice

Scientists aim to fuse Earth data to help classify, map sea ice

Dec. 17, 2020

CU Boulder geographer leads colleagues from National Snow and Ice Data Center and CU Denver in effort to leverage artificial intelligence for harmonizing large earth observation datasets and mapping sea ice.

Flames approach houses during the Blue Ridge Fire on Oct. 27, 2020 in Chino Hills, California.

We’ll see more fire seasons like 2020 - here’s a strategy for managing our nation’s flammable landscapes

Nov. 12, 2020

New sources ranging from satellites to government records to social media are providing a wealth of opportunities to learn more about wildfire behavior and how it threatens people and affects ecosystems.

Arctic sea ice levels have been falling for several decades. GraphicaArtis/Getty Images

Where’s the sea ice? 3 reasons the Arctic freeze is unseasonably late and why it matters

Oct. 28, 2020

With the setting of the sun and the onset of polar darkness, the Arctic Ocean would normally be crusted with sea ice along the Siberian coast by now. But this year, the water is still open. I’ve watched the region’s transformations since the 1980s as an Arctic climate scientist and,...

Houses, allegedly destroyed by shelling, in Ganja, Nagorno Karabakh. Aziz Karimov/EPA

Nagorno-Karabakh: what do residents of the contested territory want for their future?

Oct. 12, 2020

War and forced displacement has returned with vengeance to Nagorno-Karabakh. Nagorno-Karabakh is engulfed in the flames of war. Half of its population has fled, while the remaining families cower in basements as artillery and drones destroy their houses and cultural institutions. A ceasefire on October 10, agreed after ten hours...

Plan flying putting out fires by a neighborhood

Humans ignite almost every wildfire that threatens homes

Sept. 22, 2020

Wildfires are a natural disturbance for these regions, but when combined with climate change and housing growth in the wildland-urban interface, they become larger and more destructive.

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