The Oceans and Climate Lab at CU Boulder explores the dynamics of the coupled Earth system toward useful predictions of impacts ranging from marine ecosystems to human health. Read more »

Latest news

Rachael presentation thumb

Undergraduate research: Ocean productivity from space

April 29, 2016

With several special visitors in attendance, our soon-to-graduate Rachael Kaspar (ENVS/EBIO major, ATOC minor) presents the findings of her Independent Study project using multiple satellites to study the variability of chlorophyll (a measure of phytoplankton concentration and ocean bioproductivity in general) near the Galapagos Islands.

Pop Supp Thumb

Supplement: Freshwater Stress + Population Change

April 11, 2016

Small island nations at high risk of future freshwater stress due to projected increases in aridity AND population by 2050...


Published in Nature Climate Change: Future Freshwater Stress for Island Populations

April 10, 2016

By accounting for [evaporation] at 80 island groups distributed among Earth’s major ocean basins, we reveal a robust yet spatially variable tendency towards increasing aridity at over 73% of island groups (16 million people) by mid-century ... has important implications for climate change adaptation scenarios for vulnerable human populations living on islands across the world ocean.

jarvis capture

Published in Nature SREP: Mitigation of Coral Reef Warming Across the Central Pacific by the Equatorial Undercurrent: A Past and Future Divide

Feb. 16, 2016

A unique suite of in situ measurements coupled with GCM simulations enables us to quantify the mitigation potential of the projected circulation change for three coral reef ecosystems under two future scenarios ... The pace and extent to which GCM projections overwhelm historical trends will play a key role in defining the fate of marine ecosystems across the tropical Pacific.

Lab 5 Feb square

From the sea to the stratosphere

Feb. 5, 2016

Undergraduate Hannah Palmer and Postdoc Lei Zhang share their latest research with the lab. Hannah discussed the impacts of vertical migration on larval dispersion around the world, and Lei presented his recent study of planetary waves in the stratosphere and their impact on tropical rainfall.

climategov3 ENSO Blog - El Niño and the Galápagos

Dec. 1, 2015

"Upon stepping off the HMS Beagle in 1835, what biota would Charles Darwin have found, and how might that have influenced contemporary thought, philosophy, religion, and the development of evolutionary biology? It is this fluke of geography that helped create such abundant biodiversity in the Galápagos, but also the islands vulnerability to Earth’s great climatic heartbeat, El Niño."

GCB thumb

Published in Global Change Biology: Climate change and larval transport

Nov. 11, 2015

"Changes in larval import, export, and self-seeding will affect the resilience of coral reef ecosystems ... Virtual larvae from islands throughout Micronesia were moved according to present-day and future-ocean circulation models ... Results predict an increase in self-seeding ... 65% of all island pairs experienced decreased connectivity."

Diane visit thumb

Dr. Diane Thompson (NCAR) visits the Oceans and Climate Lab

Nov. 10, 2015

Many thanks to Dr. Diane Thompson of the National Center for Atmospheric Research ( NCAR ) Climate and Global Dynamics ( CGD ) Division for visiting our group meeting and discussing her latest research about ecological connectivity across the coral triangle including the impacts of El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and climate change.

atoc logo for climate dynamics job announcement

ATOC searching for tenure-track faculty in climate dynamics

Sept. 14, 2015

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in climate dynamics. We are seeking a person who will develop a vibrant research program complementing...

sign thumb

Lab remodel nearing completion

Aug. 12, 2015

The Oceans and Climate Lab in the Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Complex (SEEC) is nearing completion and ready for move-in on Monday, August 17. Click to view progress photos.