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I've studied nuclear war for 35 years -- you should be worried.

March 1, 2018

For the first time in decades, it's hard to ignore the threat of nuclear war. But as long as you're far from the blast, you're safe, right? Wrong. In this sobering talk, atmospheric scientist Brian Toon explains how even a small nuclear war could destroy all life on earth -- and what we can do to prevent it.

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ATOC Graduate Student Jessica Tomaszewski receives award at AMS

Jan. 29, 2018

Congratulations to ATOC graduate student Jessica Tomaszewski who won the best student oral presentation award at the Ninth Conference on Weather, Water, Climate, and the New Energy Economy at the AMS Annual Meeting in January 2018.

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ATOC Graduate Student Aleya Kaushik receives award at AGU

Jan. 25, 2018

Congratulations to ATOC graduate student Aleya Kaushik who was awarded and Outstanding Student Paper Award for her talk "Reconciling isotopic partitioning estimates of moisture fluxes in semi-arid landscapes through a new modeling approach for evaporation", presented at the AGU Fall Meeting in December.


Does cloud seeding really work? An experiment above Idaho suggests humans can turbocharge snowfall

Jan. 23, 2018

Cloud seeding—sowing clouds with small particles to make them rain or snow—has a reputation as dodgy as the weather. That’s because even though scientists have been seeding clouds since the 1940s, there was precious little proof the technique worked. Now, researchers flying two small planes through a bank of clouds in Idaho have shown, for the first time outside the lab, that humans can artificially turbocharge snowfall.


Cloud seeding for snow: Does it work? Scientists report first quantifiable observations

Jan. 23, 2018

For the first time, scientists have obtained direct, quantifiable observations of cloud seeding for increased snowfall -- from the growth of ice crystals, through the processes that occur in clouds, to the eventual snowfall.

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AMS Inducts Peter Pilewskie as 2018 Fellow

Jan. 12, 2018

Congratulations to ATOC Professor Peter Pilewskie on being inducted as a 2018 fellow of the American Meteorological Society. Peter‘s lifelong dedication to delivering outstanding science and his outstanding representation of LASP and the University of Colorado Boulder is recognized in this honor.

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ATOC Graduate Student Joshua Pettit receives award at AMS

Jan. 12, 2018

Congratulations to ATOC graduate student Joshua Pettit who received a student presentation award from the Space Weather Science and Technical Activities Commission at this week’s AMS meeting. He gave an oral presentation entitled, “Comparison of two medium energy electron data sets in WACCM”.

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Continued Emissions May Cause Global North-to-South Shift in Wind Power By End of Century

Dec. 14, 2017

In the next century, wind resources may decrease in many regions of the Northern Hemisphere and could sharply increase in some hotspot regions down south, according to a study by University of Colorado Boulder researchers. The first-of-its-kind study predicting how global wind power may shift with climate change appears today in Nature Geoscience.

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Danielle Lemmon: Sourcing is not the only issue around food

Oct. 31, 2017

Consumers in Boulder are highly susceptible to "local food" marketing, but recent natural disasters should warrant more gratitude this Thanksgiving for remotely-sourced food.

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Sho-Air TWENTY20 Signs Climbing Talent Margot Clyne

Oct. 16, 2017

Sho-Air TWENTY20 Cycling announces the signing of Margot Clyne (USA), the reigning 2017 USA National Champion - Hill Climb and a two-time Colorado State Champion. Now a first year PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder, she is working to improve on how the impacts of volcanic eruptions are simulated by climate earth system models. In addition to cycling, her dream is to contribute results to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as a career research scientist.