David Gochis

Sept. 7th CWEST Distinguished Seminar: Dr. David Gochis of NCAR

Aug. 15, 2016

Please join CWEST for our first Distinguished Seminar of the Fall 2016 semester on September 7th from 11am-12pm in SEEC Auditorium . Dr. David Gochis of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will be giving a talk titled Implementation of the Community WRF-Hydro Modeling System as the new NOAA...

scientists in RMNP

In a warming climate, earlier snowmelt stresses downstream communities

Aug. 4, 2016

In RMNP, scientists ski in to measure snowpack depth. Photo by Dominik Schneider. Two recently published studies in Geophysical Research Letters found that in a warming and more variable climate, the shift toward earlier mountain snowmelt reduces streamflow and impacts forest carbon uptake. INSTAAR Graduate Student, Theodore Barnhart, led a...

Western Water Assessment

WWA Snowpack Monitoring Workshop Report Now Available

July 21, 2016

In late summer of 2015, the Western Water Assessmen t held stakeholder workshops focused on increasing usability of snowpack monitoring information in the western US. The three workshops held in Utah, Wyoming and then Colorado brought together local, state and federal water managers in addition to stakeholders and researchers. Details...

Ryan Webb

Ryan Webb Joins INSTAAR's Mountain Hydrology Group

July 6, 2016

Ryan Webb Following a Ph.D in snow and vadose zone hydrology at Colorado State University, Ryan Webb begins a NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship here at CU Boulder. In addition to collaborating with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), he will embark on a project titled “New Approaches to Address Scaling Issues for...

Lake Hore, Antarctica

Black Carbon study reveals history of ancient Antarctic forest fires

June 15, 2016

A recent paper published in Geophysical Research Letters reports on the concentrations and sources of dissolved black carbon in our perennially ice covered lakes in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. These valleys are persistent integrators of landscape processes and deposition of materials in the region. In particular, the study finds 1...

Oliver Wigmore

CWEST Seminar featuring Oliver Wigmore, June 3rd

Oliver Wigmore June 3rd, 2016 Join CWEST for a summer seminar on June 3rd featuring guest speaker Oliver Wigmore of Ohio State University. He will be giving a talk titled Deploying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for High Resolution Glacial Watershed Mapping . Oliver is finishing his Ph.D. in OSU's department of...

CWEST scientists receive award funding

CWEST scientists receive award funding

May 25, 2016

Congratulations to Eric Sokol and Keith Jennings, two CWEST scientists who recently received award funding! Eric is a scientists on the MCM Dry Valley’s LTER project. His proposal, A Synthesis to Identify How Metacommunity Dynamics Mediate Community Responses to Disturbance Across the Ecosystems Represented in the LTER Network , was...

McGrath Schneider hike to measure snow accumulations

How small glaciers might respond to climate change

May 13, 2016

Dan McGrath and Dominik Schneider hiking in to measure snow accumulations on a small glacier in Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo by Rick Aster, CSU Colorado State University glaciologist Dan McGrath is leading a new study examining the small glaciers and perennial snowfields of Rocky Mountain National Park. McGrath describes...

CWEST part of CU Boulder's Grand Challenge Expansion

The University of Colorado Boulder’s Grand Challenge expanded and enhanced by new projects, CWEST’s included

May 5, 2016

Photo by Emily Baker CU Boulder’s Grand Challenge , launched in September 2014, is the university’s response to President Obama’s nationwide call for companies, research universities, foundations and philanthropists to pursue the Grand Challenges of the 21st Century, “ambitious but achievable goals that harness science, technology, and innovation to solve...


INSTAAR/NSIDC Open House well received in SEEC

April 20, 2016

Southern Hills 8th graders filtering water in the Ecohydrology lab. Over the past decade, INSTAAR annually invites Southern Hills 8th graders to tour INSTAAR and NSIDC labs and engage them in local science. This year, and for years to come, the Open House was held in SEEC. With wider hallways...