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Nuclear war could take a big bite out of the world’s seafood

Nov. 10, 2020

A new study reveals the damage that a nuclear war might take on wild-caught seafood around the world, from salmon to tuna and even shellfish.

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Cora Randall named Distinguished Professor

Nov. 9, 2020

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Cora Randall on being named a Distinguished Professor.


Can machine learning improve the model representation of turbulent kinetic energy dissipation rate in the boundary layer for complex terrain?

Oct. 2, 2020

Current turbulence parameterizations in numerical weather prediction models at the mesoscale assume a local equilibrium between production and dissipation of turbulence


How wind speed shear and directional veer affect the power production of a megawatt-scale operational wind turbine

Oct. 2, 2020

Most megawatt-scale wind turbines align themselves into the wind as defined by the wind speed at or near the center of the rotor (hub height).

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A new study of ocean salinity finds substantial amplification of the global water cycle

Oct. 2, 2020

Water and its movements within or between atmosphere, land, and ocean defines the global water cycle and is central to the climate system.

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Volcanic ash may have a bigger impact on the climate than we thought

Sept. 18, 2020

When volcanos erupt, these geologic monsters produce tremendous clouds of ash and dust—plumes that can blacken the sky, shut down air traffic and reach heights of roughly 25 miles above Earth's surface.


Influence of roadway emissions on near-road PM2.5: Monitoring data analysis and implications

Sept. 4, 2020

We examined particulate matter 2.5 µm in aerodynamic diameter or smaller (PM2.5) concentrations measured in 2017 from 48 near-road monitoring sites across the U.S.


The Lightning and Dual-Polarization Radar Characteristics of Three Hail-Accumulating Thunderstorms

Aug. 5, 2020

To better understand the characteristics of single storms that are useful to quantify or predict hail accumulations, this study uses lightning and dual-polarization radar data to characterize hail accumulations from three storms that occurred on the same day along the Colorado–Wyoming Front Range.

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Graduate Application Fee Waiver

Aug. 4, 2020

ATOC understands that the application fee presents a challenge for some applicants. The department is committed to providing educational opportunities for a diverse range of applicants regardless of their financial situations.

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CU Boulder #1 in atmospheric sciences in 2020 global university rankings

July 30, 2020

CU Boulder is ranked #1 in Atmospheric Science by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy's 2020 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) for the 3rd year in a row!