Shelby Buckley

Environmental engineering on an icebreaker ship at the North Pole

Jan. 31, 2023

Shelby Buckley has made the research trip of a lifetime – studying the impacts of climate change up close and personal on a five-week trip to the Arctic aboard the Kronprins Haakon icebreaking ship. It offered a unique chance to...

Joe Ryan

Denver7: How oil and gas drilling might affect your drinking water

Jan. 30, 2023

Joe Ryan's research into leaking oil and gas wells is being spotlighted in Denver and nationally. Denver 7 ABC TV interviewed Ryan for a feature on research into groundwater risks from abandoned and gas wells. The station also syndicated the story to stations across the country. Ryan, a professor in...

Drawing of a vertical oil and gas well.

Compromised oil and gas wells pose risks to groundwater in Weld County

Jan. 2, 2023

When gas leaks into and contaminates a household water well near an oil and gas drilling site, there is always a question of where it came from. Is it from a failure in the drilling or was the gas migrating naturally? New research in the...

Homes that survived the Marshall Fire didn’t come through unscathed.

Homes that survived the Marshall Fire harbored another disaster inside – here’s what we’ve learned about this insidious urban wildfire risk

Jan. 2, 2023

On Dec. 30, 2021, one of the most destructive wildfires on record in Colorado swept through neighborhoods just a few miles from the University of Colorado Boulder. The flames destroyed over 1,000 buildings, yet some houses were still completely intact right next to homes where nothing was left to burn...

A map depicting the locations of the surface water samples collected from the Coal Creek waterway shortly after the Marshall Fire.

Ongoing CU research explores impacts, solutions after Marshall Fire

Jan. 2, 2023

On Dec. 30, 2021, a quick-moving, grass-fueled wildfire in suburban Boulder County became the costliest wildfire in Colorado history. It burned 6,000 acres, destroyed more than 1,000 homes and damaged thousands of others. Hundreds of CU Boulder students, faculty and staff were among the thousands who fled parts of unincorporated...

UV light

Destroying Coronavirus vs. Creating Indoor Smog

Dec. 16, 2022

Put people in poorly ventilated rooms, where coronavirus-containing aerosols are trapped in the air with nowhere to go, and their risk of getting COVID-19 skyrockets. Research has shown that you can decrease the risk by ventilating the room and filtering viruses from the air. Now, a new CIRES and CU...

A powerful green laser helps visualize the aerosol plumes from a toilet when it’s being flushed.

CU Boulder scientists shine a light on what comes up when you flush

Dec. 8, 2022

Thanks to new CU Boulder research, scientists see the impact of flushing the toilet in a whole new light—and now, the world can as well. Using bright green lasers and camera equipment, a team of CU Boulder engineers ran an experiment to reveal how tiny water droplets, invisible to the...

Emily Bedell

Testing for E. coli in real time

Sept. 13, 2022

A new water quality sensor developed by engineers at CU Boulder can quickly, cheaply and accurately monitor for the presence of E. coli bacteria in water supplies, an issue that may affect more people in the U.S. and around the world in the future. Emily Bedell (PhDEnvEngr’22) is lead author...

Karl Linden

CU Boulder researcher earns major award to study water quality challenges in rural Canadian communities

June 9, 2022

Karl Linden has landed a major fellowship to research solutions to water pollution in rural and First Nations communities in Canada. Linden, the Mortenson Professor in Sustainable Development in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been selected as a 2022 Fulbright...

Fernando Rosario-Ortiz

Smoke in the water - Engineers examine effects on land and water after wildfires are extinguished

April 25, 2022

The three largest wildfires in Colorado’s known history all occurred in 2020. More than 600,000 acres burned, with the Cameron Peak Fire alone causing $6 million in property damage. Fernando Rosario-Ortiz Professor, Environmental Engineering While the last embers of the Cameron Peak Fire are long since extinguished, researchers are increasingly...

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