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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.

John Fasullo

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.

Julie Lundquist

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...

Cora Randall

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.

Lei Zhang

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).

edge of the Thwaites Ice Shelf

Why scientists are so worried about the ice shelves of Antarctica

Oct. 13, 2015

When it comes to climate change, Antarctica is one of the world’s major places of concern, mostly because of the sheer amount of ice it contains — enough to theoretically cause about 200 feet of sea-level rise if it were all to melt — not that anyone thinks that will happen anytime soon. Still, smaller parts could be destabilized, and understanding how the Antarctic ice sheet will react to future climate change is a big priority for scientists.

Melt–temperature nonlinearity and recent melting conditions

Divergent trajectories of Antarctic surface melt under two twenty-first-century climate scenarios

Oct. 13, 2015

Ice shelves modulate Antarctic contributions to sea-level rise and thereby represent a critical, climate-sensitive interface between the Antarctic ice sheet and the global ocean. Following rapid atmospheric warming over the past decades, Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves have progressively retreated, at times catastrophically. This decay supports hypotheses of thermal limits of viability for ice shelves via surface melt forcing.

great Colorado flood

Two years out, lessons still being drawn from 'Great Colorado Flood'

Sept. 8, 2015

The storm that upended the lives of thousands of Front Range residents almost two years ago was nearly unprecedented for the area, so much so that it largely confounded the best efforts of those charged with forecasting its scope and impact.