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SNOTERNS Internship

April 16, 2019

The Undergrad Snow Internship Program has been hosting undergraduates at the CU Mountain Research Station for over 20 years and includes alumni like Jen Morse and Noah Molotch , who help run the program today. The long-term data collected through this program has helped drive published papers due to the...

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Fall 2019 Course Posters and Schedule

April 12, 2019

Geography course enrollment is now open for Fall 2019! Many exciting Geography courses are available to you from our areas of focus: General Geography Physical Geography Environment-Society Human Geography Geographic Information Science (GIS) Review the course posters to get a flavor for what each class is about and check out...

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Bridging the Gaps: Environmental NGOs in China and Their Role in Society, Business, Government, and Science

April 12, 2019

Colloquium is co-sponsored by the Center for Asian Studies 40 years ago, upon announcing the “Reform and Opening-up” of China, the Communist Party called for “social forces” to “subsidize and fill gaps in state services”. This, combined with the dramatic environmental and public health implications of China’s rapid economic development,...

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Alpine tundra releases long-frozen CO2

April 2, 2019

Thawing permafrost in high-altitude mountain ecosystems may be a stealthy, underexplored contributor to atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions, new CU Boulder research shows. The new findings, published today in the journal Nature Communications, show that alpine tundra in Colorado’s Front Range emits more CO2 than it captures annually, potentially creating a...

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Arctic Sea Ice at Maximum Extent for 2019

April 1, 2019

Arctic sea ice likely reached its maximum extent for the year, at 14.78 million square kilometers (5.71 million square miles) on March 13, 2019, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC ) directed by Geography professor Mark Serreze at the University of Colorado Boulder. The...

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Summer 2019 Course Posters

March 15, 2019

Geography course enrollment is now open for Summer 2019! Exciting Geography courses are available to you: World Regional Geography Mountain Geography Introduction to Global Public Health Migration, Immigrant Adaptation, and Development GIS in the Social and Natural Sciences Review the course posters to get a flavor for what each class...

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Local Structures of Human Mobility in Chicago

March 15, 2019

A vast literature establishes the importance of social capital to neighborhoods. Jane Jacobs famously argued that this capital is maintained through "cross-use of space," and James Coleman formalized it as the "closure" of human interactions. Many of these interactions require human mobility, so neighborhoods with higher social capital should be...

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So Much Smoke: Investigating the Impact of Wildfires on Western U.S. Air Quality

March 8, 2019

This colloquium discusses the air quality impacts of western U.S. wildfires and introduce the Western Wildfire Experiment for Cloud Chemistry, Aerosol Absorption and Nitrogen (WE-CAN). The WE-CAN project deployed the NCAR/NSF C-130 research aircraft in summer 2018 (22 July – 31 August) to sample wildfire smoke during its first day...

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Arctic change has widespread impacts

March 7, 2019

As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. And these changes not only affect the infrastructure, economies and cultures of the Arctic, they have significant impacts elsewhere as well — according to a commentary in Earth’s...

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Nature and Nation: Political Ecologies of Extraction and Belonging in Bolivia

March 1, 2019

Lake Poopó was once Bolivia’s second-largest lake. Located at roughly 3700m in the semi-arid central Altiplano, shallow and saline Lake Poopó has long been recognized for its ecological importance and in 2002 was added to the list of internationally important lakes and wetlands included under the Ramsar Convention. In late...

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