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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."


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.

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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.


World’s largest wind-mapping project spins up in Portugal

Feb. 15, 2017

Phase 1 of the world's largest wind-mapping project has begun spinning up in Portugal (link to Nature article). This project, several years in the planning, will culminate with a 45-day intensive measurement campaign in May and June with an intensive observing period. Throughout that IOP, ATOC faculty Julie Lundquist's research group, led by NOAA/CIRES researcher Ludovic Bariteau and several graduate and undergraduate students, will use CU's Tethered Lifting System to measure winds and turbulence within and above the valley; the Army Research Laboratory's identical system will measure winds and turbulence outside the valley for comparison. These detailed in situ measurements will help quantify how turbulence is produced and decays in complex flow situations so that numerical flow models can better represent reality. Other participating teams include University of California Berkeley, University of Oklahoma, the US Army Research Lab, DLR (German Aerospace Center), and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, as well as the teams mentioned in the Nature article from the University of Porto, the Danish Technical University, the University of Notre Dame, and Cornell University

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ATOC Graduate Students Win Awards at AMS

Feb. 3, 2017

Congratulations to ATOC graduate students Jessica Tomaszewski and Joseph Lee who won speaker awards at the AMS Annual Meeting, in the 8th Conference on Weather, Climate, Water, and the New Energy Economy.

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Students video polar bears to teach about climate change

Jan. 19, 2017

As part of a team led by Jennifer Kay, assistant professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) at CU Boulder, students spent a week on the Arctic tundra making educational videos to help teach students about climate science.

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Cloud making aims to increase mountain snowfall, power generation

Jan. 13, 2017

CU Boulder is participating in a cloud-seeding effort, launched this month, to increase winter snowfall in the mountains of southwest Idaho with hopes of ultimately increasing power generation by hydroelectric dams.

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ATOC professor Jen Kay wins AMS Henry G. Houghton Award

Oct. 5, 2016

ATOC Professor Jennifer Kay was awarded the American Meteorological Society's annual "Henry G. Houghton" award. She was recognized "For the innovative use of observations and global climate models to better understand the rapidly evolving climate of the polar regions." The Henry G. Houghton Award is a very prestigious award that is given to an individual in recognition of research achievement in the field of physical meteorology. It is given to promising young or early-career scientists who have demonstrated outstanding ability. Jen joins an impressive list of previous award winners that includes many of the most well known atmospheric scientists in the world today.

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Guest post: How predictable is the first ice-free Arctic summer?

Aug. 29, 2016

Around this time each year, many people turn their attention to the Arctic in anticipation of the annual minimum for sea ice cover. After reaching its annual peak extent at the end of winter, Arctic sea ice melts as temperatures rise through spring and into summer. Sea ice then hits its smallest extent sometime in September


How did one volcano confuse scientists, ocean research?

Aug. 11, 2016

Could one volcanic eruption skew the data on rising sea levels? Yes, according to new research.