An image of bleached coral as seen in the Great Barrier Reef

How climate factors combined to devastate the Great Barrier Reef

May 18, 2020

A marine heatwave, a terrestrial heatwave and climate warming joined forces to devastate the Great Barrier Reef in 2016.

A researcher seen on the MOSAIC expedition in the Arctic

Arctic research soars to new heights with drones

May 5, 2020

Students, postdocs and faculty are all contributing to an innovative atmospheric-research-by-drone project near the North Pole on Arctic sea ice.

A soil sample is seen

These tiny organisms could help solve big, real-world problems

May 4, 2020

Thousands of microbes, invisible to the naked eye, make life function as we know it. With climate change threatening to tip these processes out of balance, better understanding microbial activity could help humans adapt to looming crises.

California current

Ocean acidification prediction now possible years in advance

May 1, 2020

Researchers have developed a method that could enable scientists to accurately forecast ocean acidity up to five years in advance, which could have implications for improving economic and food security.

Scientists investigate a glacier detachment site in Alaska

Global warming may increase risk of sudden glacier detachments

April 29, 2020

A CU Boulder-led study has identified triggers of a destructive glacial process that buried kilometers of Alaskan forest.

A wolf howling

Why are we acting like wolves at night?

April 23, 2020

Around the world, people are collectively making noise while social distancing. In Colorado, we're howling like wolves. Is this "group howl" part of a greater phenomenon?

weddell seal

More protections needed to safeguard biodiversity in the Southern Ocean

April 22, 2020

Current marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean need to be at least doubled to adequately safeguard the biodiversity of the Antarctic, according to a new CU Boulder study.

Kelp forests seen in the Pacific Ocean

Weak winds in the Pacific drove record-breaking heat wave

April 21, 2020

Weakened wind patterns likely spurred the wave of extreme ocean heat that swept the North Pacific last summer, according to new research led by CU Boulder and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

students taking a test

Could climate change affect how well we think? New research says ‘yes’

April 21, 2020

New CU Boulder research finds that an anticipated rise in carbon dioxide concentrations in our indoor living and working spaces by the year 2100 could lead to impaired human cognition.

snowy mountains

With shrinking snowpack, drought predictability melting away

April 20, 2020

New research from CU Boulder and CIRES suggests that during the 21st century, our ability to predict drought using snow will literally melt away.