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Into the wild – for rain: Part 1, British Columbia

Eve-Lyn S. Hinckley, National Geographic Explorer and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, blogs for National Geographic about starting a study seeking to determine whether the chemical signature of human development moves in rainwater to the wilds of BC, the US, Ecuador, and Patagonia down the American Cordillera.

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CU Boulder provides research opportunities to community college students

Program pairs participants with mentors from CIRES and the INSTAAR-based Boulder Critical Zone Observatory for guidance on research projects.

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Melt-rate of West Antarctic Ice Sheet highly sensitive to changes in ocean temperatures

Melting of ice shelves in West Antarctica speeds up and slows down in response to changes in deep ocean temperature, and is far more variable than previously thought, according to new research published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience.

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Rain-on-snow floods to increase in mountains, CU Boulder researcher says

In a warmer climate around the end of the century, rain-on-snow flooding could more than double and increase the risks for people living in certain sections of North America. The risk would increase most in mountainous regions, namely the Sierra Nevada range in California, the Colorado River headwaters and the Canadian Rocky Mountains, according to a study published this week by researchers at the University of Colorado and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. But the chance remains to mitigate the most severe consequences.

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Rain-on-snow flood risk to increase in many U.S. mountain regions

Flooding caused by rain falling on snowpack could more than double by the end of this century in some areas of the western U.S. and Canada due to climate change, according to new research from CU Boulder and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) published today in Nature Climate Change.

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USDA awards $1.2 million to improve ranching and rangeland climate adaptation

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded Katharine Suding (INSTAAR and EBIO) a $1.2 million research grant as part of a $13.3 million investment toward improving agroecosystems resilience in a changing climate. Her four-year project is titled "Livestock ranching, rangelands, and resilience: Ensuring adaptive capacity in an increasingly variable climate."

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