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.

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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.

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ATOC welcomes Postdoctoral Research Associate Sloan Coats

Sept. 2, 2015

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) at CU Boulder is pleased to welcome new Postdoctoral Research Associate Sloan Coats. Dr. Coats joins Assistant Professor Kris Karnauskas' Oceans and Climate Lab from Columbia University's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO). Sloan is a climate dynamicist who employs paleoclimate evidence and climate modeling to better understand past changes to the means and extremes of climate.

Katja Friedrich

Katja Friedrich: Investigating the Microphysics of Clouds and Precipitation

Aug. 20, 2015

Though precipitation and evaporation are ubiquitous phenomena across the globe, they are infamously difficult to measure and forecast. Dr. Katja Friedrich, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) Professor, is investigating the microphysics of clouds and precipitation, with specific attention to snowstorms, thunderstorms, and floods in mountainous and alpine regions. Her latest research focuses on measuring and forecasting evaporation from reservoirs in Colorado.

Kris Karnauskas

Kris Karnauskas: Melding Oceanography and Atmospheric Science to Study Climate

Aug. 20, 2015

By its nature, the study of climate is an interdisciplinary endeavor, necessitating the union of diverse and oftentimes disparate fields. Dr. Kris Karnauskas, new ATOC Assistant Professor and CIRES Fellow, is investigating climate dynamics and impacts, specifically in the tropics, by blurring the lines between oceanography and atmospheric science.

Julie Lundquist

Julie Lundquist: Investigating the Science and Impacts of Wind Energy

Aug. 20, 2015

In an era of increasing concern for climate change, a growing emphasis has been placed on understanding the science, limitations and implications of renewable energy. Dr. Julie Lundquist, ATOC Assistant Professor and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Research Scientist, is investigating the physical processes that govern wind energy, with an eye towards their societal impacts.

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Shifting winds, ocean currents doubled endangered Galápagos penguin population

Aug. 6, 2015

Shifts in trade winds and ocean currents powered a resurgence of endangered Galápagos penguins over the past 30 years, according to a new study. These changes enlarged a cold pool of water the penguins rely on for food and breeding – an expansion that could continue as the climate changes over the coming decades, the study’s authors said.


Coupling between air travel and climate

Aug. 6, 2015

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Kris Karnauskas. His paper, “Coupling between air travel and climate,” is featured in Nature Climate Change.

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ATOC welcomes Assistant Professor Kristopher Karnauskas

Aug. 6, 2015

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) at CU Boulder is pleased to welcome new faculty member Assistant Professor Kristopher Karnauskas.

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How to keep wind turbines turning

June 3, 2015

Research from the University of Colorado on wind data from Australia, Canada and the US, shows careful spacing of turbines can keep the power on.