February 1st, 2016The first direct evidence that humans played a substantial role in the extinction of the huge, wondrous beasts inhabiting Australia some 50,000 years ago--in this case a 500-pound bird, Genyornis newtoni--has been discovered by a University of Colorado Boulder-led team.
January 12th, 2016Our friend and colleage Diana Nemergut passed away on the last day of 2015 after battling a brain tumor. She left behind a community of friends who mourn her deeply, and who celebrate her memory.
December 14th, 2015INSTAAR faculty and graduate students will share new research at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco, 14 to 18 December. They will present new research on abrupt climate change, air quality and fracking, polar environments, atmospheric chemistry, deltas and risk, forests and snow, plants and soils, and isotopic analysis. This is a partial list of presentations and posters.
November 9th, 2015Geomorphologist and INSTAAR Fellow Robert S. Anderson is one of four new University of Colorado Distinguished Professors. Bestowed by the Board of Regents this week, the Distinguished Professorship is the highest faculty honor at the University of Colorado’s four campuses.
November 2nd, 2015By the 2050s, parts of the Arctic Ocean once covered by sea ice much of the year will see at least 60 days a year of open water, according to a new modeling study led by Katy Barnhart of INSTAAR. Barnhart and her colleagues, including CIRES Fellow Jennifer Kay and INSTAAR Fellow Irina Overeem, set out to investigate the very local impacts of open water expansion patterns in the Arctic. Their work is published today in the journal Nature Climate Change. The researchers used climate model simulations from the National Center for Atmospheric Research-based Community Earth System Model to see how the number of open water, or sea-ice-free, days change from 1850 to 2100 in our planet’s northernmost ocean. They also wanted to understand when open water conditions in specific locations would be completely different from preindustrial conditions.
October 5th, 2015The event Performance, Art and Music for a Resilient Boulder brought together two hundred citizens, students, scientists, and faculty to see creative works in which Boulder youth shared their visions for a resilient community.