tundra buggy

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.

doppler radar

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.

Jen Kay

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.

sea ice

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.

John Fasullo

Climate scientists make a bold prediction about sea level rise

Aug. 11, 2016

One of the great things about science is that it allows you to make predictions. Three top climate scientists just made a very bold prediction regarding sea level rise; we should know in a few years if they are correct.

Matt Shupe

Five questions for Matthew Shupe

July 28, 2016

The “job” that kicked off Matthew Shupe’s career is unforgettable, and so are some of the experiences he has had since, including one that was “straight out of National Geographic.”


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.

weather balloon launch

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.

Jen Kay

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."