An iceberg, eroded with arches and cracks, floats in the Southern Ocean.

Acidity of Antarctic waters could double by century’s end, threatening biodiversity (CU Boulder Today)

Jan. 10, 2024

The acidity of Antarctica’s coastal waters could double by the end of the century, threatening plankton and all marine life that inhabits the Southern Ocean, according to a new study published in Nature Communications. Cara Nissen is first author of the study. Coauthors include additional INSTAARs Nikki Lovenduski and Cassandra Brooks as well as three colleagues from the Alfred Wegener Institute.

Noah Molotch looks at snowpack data for Colorado on his laptop.

LogOn: Satellites, lasers help estimate snowpack in drought-stricken regions (VOA)

Dec. 27, 2023

Video interview with Noah Molotch about how remote sensing technology is helping forecast water availability in the Rocky Mountains. Watch this two-minute, well-edited interview, interspersed with clips of fieldwork and explanatory illustrations.

The CAL FIRE Nevada Yuba Placer Unit clears roads among other rescue tasks. Credit: CalFire/Flickr

Quenching the arid West with record snowfall: The tools behind snow data (NSIDC)

Dec. 22, 2023

The 2023 winter brought record snowfall to California, but getting accurate snow depth data over a wide area is not easy. Read a feature story by the The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) about the challenges of garnering snow data and the tools behind the data. Among the experts consulted is Karl Rittger (INSTAAR Fellow & NSIDC Affiliate), who leads the Snow Today project, visualizing and analyzing snow conditions across the Western US.

Keith Musselman, in brick-colored hooded jacket, stands outside on an early fall day with yellowing leaves behind him

Research & Innovation Office announces 2024 Faculty Fellows class (RIO)

Dec. 19, 2023

Keith Musselman (INSTAAR & Geography) is one 16 CU Boulder faculty members selected by the Research and Innovation Office as their 2024 RIO Faculty Fellows cohort. The program supports faculty in achieving their research/innovation goals and promotes collaboration, all through tailored training, experiential learning and leadership development opportunities. Musselman and his cohort will kick off 2024 with an intensive three-day retreat in January, followed by several more focused retreats and a variety of informal networking activities.

Scott Taylor while giving his TED-style talk at the Boulder Dairy Center

Contemplating evolution: Why making spaces to be curious was important for this gay scientist (RIO community talk on YouTube)

Dec. 15, 2023

Scott Taylor (INSTAAR Fellow, EBIO Associate Professor, MRS Director) gave a short TED-style talk at the Boulder Dairy Arts Center on October 18, 2023 as part of the 2023 Faculty Fellows program for CU Boulder's Research & Innovation Office (RIO). In his talk, Scott tells the story of his personal journey to a deeper understanding of his work as a scientist and his own place in the world.

Scott Taylor (center) and two students conduct field research on a snowy day at the Mountain Research Station.

Educating through an 'exceptional experience' (CU Boulder)

Dec. 13, 2023

For decades, the Mountain Research Station has been a stepping-off point for researchers studying plant and animal ecology, biogeochemistry, hydrology, geomorphology and atmospheric science. Much of that research takes place on rugged, nearby Niwot Ridge. Within that area lies every type of alpine and montane ecosystem that exists in the southern Rocky Mountains. That abundance has made Niwot Ridge a rare and important ‘living laboratory.’

Noah Molotch speaks in front of a large satellite image of snow cover in California.

Californie, quand l'impensable se produit (Radio-Canada)

Dec. 9, 2023

If there's a place that embodies climate extremes and their impacts on agriculture, it may be California. After years of drought, last spring devastating floods hit the state of the West Coast. Noah Molotch weighs in on the hydrology. (French language broadcast.)

Icebergs, looking like tumbled walls of white, float in the Greenland Sea.

CU Boulder at AGU2023: From Earth to space (CU Boulder Today)

Dec. 8, 2023

From Dec. 11-15, tens of thousands of people from 100+ countries will gather in San Francisco for the 2023 meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Scientists from CU Boulder, including INSTAARs Anne Jennings, Ben Li, and Nicole Lovenduski, are tagged as Earth science experts in this CU Boulder Today resource on the conference.

Peyton Thomas points and talks to a crowd while holding a megaphone. She is helping kick off the inaugural Equitable Action Run Towards Health (EARTH) event at the Clear Springs Recreation Area in Mississippi’s Homochitto National Forest.

A matter of breathing (Patagonia)

Dec. 7, 2023

INSTAAR and ENVS Postdoc Peyton Thomas not only does great science, she's an activist runner sponsored by Patagonia. Earlier this year, she and a group of volunteers organized Patagonia's first EARTH running event (Equitable Action Run Towards Health) to help a Mississippi community discuss and address impacts of the wood pellet industry on health and environmental justice.

Alex Rose is interviewed by 9News.

Science Fair at Northglenn High School puts CU grad students to the test (9News)

Nov. 28, 2023

A “Reverse Science Fair” in Northglenn is flipping the traditional format, challenging University of Colorado Boulder grad students and postdocs to present their research to high school student evaluators. Organizer Alex Rose is interviewed, with cameos by INSTAAR postdocs Kristýna Kantnerová and Edgart Flores.