ATOC Graduate Student Laura Mazzaro wins AMS BLT Student Award

July 19, 2016

Congratulations to ATOC graduate student Laura Mazzaro, who won the "Best Student Oral Presentation" award at the American Meteorological Society's 22nd Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence in Salt Lake City earlier this summer. Her talk was on nesting large-eddy simulations within mesoscale simulations, a technique that is critical for wind energy, fire weather, pollution dispersion, and numerous other applications. Her coauthors were Julie Lundquist and NCAR scientist Domingo Muñoz-Esparza.

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Boulder Prep tries 'intensive' summer classes to immerse students in subjects

July 14, 2016

Boulder Preparatory students gathered in a field outside the Gunbarrel high school on Wednesday to help launch a weather balloon. The students, who are taking a class on meteorology, watched the balloon ascend until it was about the size of a grain of rice, then went to their classroom to track its progress recorded by an attached GPS system.

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ATOC professor Jen Kay wins NSF CAREER award

June 24, 2016

Congratulations to ATOC Assistant Professor Jen Kay, who has won an NSF CAREER award for her project, "Going Global - The Influence of Southern Ocean Albedo on Large-scale Climate Dynamics." The NSF CAREER program "offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations."

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Board of regents approves new bachelor's degree in atmospheric and oceanic sciences

June 20, 2016

At its regular meeting on Thursday and Friday at the University Memorial Center on the Boulder campus, the University of Colorado Board of Regents approved two new bachelor's degrees in the School of Education and one in the College of Arts & Sciences Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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John Fasullo, ATOC Research Associate, coauthor on "top 5" paper in Nature Climate Change

April 20, 2016

ATOC Research Associate Dr. John Fasullo, was recently highlighted as one of the most influential papers published in the journal Nature Climate Change since its inception 5 years ago. The highlight takes the form of a News & Views article by Shang-Ping Xie (see for the review and for the original article itself).


Amateur meteorologists wanted for crowdsourced hail study

April 15, 2016

Active on social media? Care about weather? If the answer is ‘yes,’ the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Weather Service (NWS) want your help investigating large surface hail accumulations from thunderstorms in Colorado between April and September.

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Future freshwater stress for island populations

April 11, 2016

Changes in the terrestrial water balance are expected in many regions, but small islands remain difficult to assess. Research now reveals a tendency towards increased aridity in over 73% of island groups (home to around 16 million people) by the mid-century.

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Julie Lundquist receives NSF Career Award

April 4, 2016

ATOC congratulates Assistant Professor Julie Lundquist, who has just won an NSF CAREER award. CAREER awards are the NSF's most prestigious awards, and are offered only to junior faculty "who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context...

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ATOC Chair Cora E. Randall named Fellow of AAAS

Dec. 1, 2015

Michael King and Cora Randall of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado Boulder, have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

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ATOC welcomes Postdoctoral Research Associate Lei Zhang

Nov. 12, 2015

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) at CU Boulder is pleased to welcome new Postdoctoral Research Associate Lei Zhang. Dr. Lei Zhang joins the Oceans and Climate Lab from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Hawaii. Previously, Lei earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Atmospheric Sciences from the Ocean University of China. Lei is a climate dynamicist interested in large-scale tropical ocean and atmospheric circulations, and will join a project focused on the impacts of changing climate on Pacific island-based defense installations funded by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).