Microscopic coccolithophore species, Emiliania huxleyi

Shell-shocked: Ocean acidification likely hampers tiny shell builders in Southern Ocean

March 25, 2015

A University of Colorado Boulder study shows a ubiquitous type of phytoplankton -- tiny organisms that are the base of the marine food web – appears to be suffering from the effects of ocean acidification caused by climate change.

Dr. Julie Lundquist

ATOC Assistant Professor Julie Lundquist interviewed on KGNU

Feb. 4, 2015

ATOC Assistant Professor Julie Lundquist was interviewed on KGNU (88.5) for "How on Earth" to discuss her recently funded wind energy program.

polar bears in Arctic

Erratic as normal: Arctic sea ice loss expected to be bumpy in the short term

Feb. 4, 2015

“Human-caused global warming is melting Arctic sea ice over the long term, but the Arctic is a variable place, said Jennifer Kay, a fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder and co-author of the new analysis out today in Nature Climate Change. - See more at: http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2015/01/28/erratic-normal-arctic-s...

Dr. Weiqing Han

Indian Ocean Decadal Variability: A Review

Feb. 4, 2015

Congratulations to Associate Professor Weiqing Han. Her paper, “Indian Ocean Decadal Variability: A Review,” is featured in the November issue of BAMS.

Dr. John Fasullo

ATOC and NCAR scientist John Fasullo receives 2015 Editor’s Award

Feb. 4, 2015

Please join us in congratulating ATOC and NCAR scientist John Fasullo, who will receive a 2015 Editor’s Award for service to the Journal of Climate at this week’s meeting of the American Meteorological Society. The award cites John for “timely and thoughtful reviews of a large number of manuscripts.” The Editor’s Award recognizes the process by which scientists contribute “much time and painstaking effort, largely unheralded, in a spirit of selfless commitment to the ideals of accuracy and lucidity in scientific writing.”

wind turbines

Planting Soybeans Instead Of Corn Below Wind Turbines Could Boost Power Generation

Feb. 4, 2015

Mathematical model suggests crops can have a noticeable effect on power generation. Originally published: Dec 19 2014 - 2:15pm By: Chris Gorski, Senior Editor (Inside Science) -- Numerous factors influence how much power wind turbines generate. For starters, the wind changes speeds and the arrangement of turbines affects how each one interacts with the wind and how much power each generates.


CU-Boulder professor takes to two wheels for weather data collection

Oct. 31, 2014

"The Boulder area features no shortage of men and women who bike to work. Not as many of them are working while on two wheels. Those who regularly cycle or run across Boulder County's highly variable topography have likely noticed, at certain times of day, the sensation of hitting warmer or cooler air pockets as they go. John Cassano, on his regular bike commute from Louisville to the University of Colorado, has experienced them as well. But, as an associate professor in the University of Colorado's atmospheric and oceanic sciences department, feeling the changes was just a starting point for Cassano." --Daily Camera


Colorado research universities to lead U.S. contribution to global environmental initiative

Oct. 31, 2014

"The United States has been selected as one of five international hubs for Future Earth, an ambitious 10-year research initiative to address global environmental change solutions and actions. The U.S. hub will be headquartered in Colorado and managed jointly by Colorado State University and the University of Colorado Boulder."


NASA, EPA, NCAR launch air-testing blitz to track pollution

Oct. 31, 2014

"NASA this week is launching an unprecedented month-long test of Colorado Front Range air using satellites, aircraft and tethered white balloons that will pinpoint sources of pollution." --The Denver Post