A burned vineyard site at Robert Sinskey’s winery in Napa, CA.

CWEST awards graduate student funds for collaborative CU-USGS research

Jan. 26, 2018

CU graduate students Anna Hermes and Isaac Bukoski each receive CWEST Graduate Research Fellowship funding for their respective CU-USGS research projects. CWEST brings together the expertise and facilities of both the U.S. Gological Survey (USGS) and the University of Colorado (CU) to advance our understanding of our planet’s earth and...

Simulated snow water equivalent over the greater Kaweah River basin

Simulations reveal mountain snowpack sensitivity to warming climate

Jan. 23, 2018

Simulated snow water equivalent over the greater Kaweah River basin, southern Sierra Nevada, California, on select dates for a dry, average, and wet snow year. Image by Keith Musselman In a string of new studies examining snowpack vulnerability to rising temperatures, one simulated snowmelt rate responses to a warming climate...

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January 31st CWEST Distinguished Seminar with Dr. Jasmine Saros

Jan. 16, 2018

Dr. Jasmine Saros will give a CWEST Distinguished seminar on January 31st. Please join CWEST for a Distinguished Seminar by Dr. Jasmine Saros on Wednesday, January 31st, 11am-12pm in SEEC’s Sievers Room S228 . Her talk is titled Paleo and Contemporary Perspectives on Arctic Lake Ecosystem Change in West Greenland...

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USGS Lab Tour on January 19th

Dec. 22, 2017

A USGS scientist explains how they use their equipment to a group of CU graduate and undergraduate students. Photo by Lauren Tomkinson. Considering a public service career in the geosciences? We invite you to join us for a U.S. Geological Survey tour on CU's east campus. Scientists at the USGS...

Oliver Wigmore's drone

Custom designed drone maps glaciers in the tropical Andes

Nov. 13, 2017

A high spatial resolution drone built by Oliver Wigmore , researcher at INSTAAR and Earth Lab , was used to monitor glacier change of the Cordillera Blanca, Peru. It set records as the highest altitude deployment for glacial mapping purposes and was recognized in Science at the intersection of earth...

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Alan Townsend named new INSTAAR Director

Oct. 24, 2017

After an internal search, Terri Fiez, Interim Dean of the Institutes and Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, appointed Alan R. Townsend director of INSTAAR on October 2nd. The appointment followed the recommendation of the INSTAAR Directorate. Previously, Townsend spent 17 years on the faculty at CU Boulder before becoming...

Niwot Ridge saddle catchment  image in red and near infrared wavelength

Announcing our first newsletter: CWEST Confluence

Sept. 19, 2017

The inagural newsletter features a drone's eye view of Niwot Ridge in red and near infrared wavelengths. Image credit: Oliver Wigmore The CWEST Confluence brings together water news from Boulder and beyond. This semesterly newsletter aims to highlight water realted research and education connectedness across silos. Sprinkled with water puns,...

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Aquatic data products available at NEON

Sept. 10, 2017

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale ecological observation facility, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and operated by Battelle, that gathers and synthesizes data on the impacts of climate change, land use change and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity Neon is excited to announce that...

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September 20th Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program Info Session

Sept. 8, 2017

By Sabre Duren The CU Boulder Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program focuses on quantitative studies of water in the environment including its role in geologic and biogeochemical processes, ecosystem functions, and global elemental cycling. The interdisciplinary and interdepartmental propgram encourage students with a variety of undergraduate backgrounds to enter the field...

Terrain map of Niwot Ridge Saddle catchment

Excitement on Niwot Ridge's Saddle Catchment

Sept. 7, 2017

Drone’s eye view of the lower saddle catchment at Nell’s gauge. Captured from a multispectral drone custom built to operate in the strong winds and high elevations of Niwot Ridge. Image shows spectra captured in the red and near infrared wavelengths. Lighter grey colors indicate healthy (green) vegetation, while yellow...