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Scientists headed to Nepal for post-quake assessments of potentially dangerous glacial lakes

Scientists headed to Nepal for post-quake assessments of potentially dangerous glacial lakes

A team of high altitude scientists, including INSTAAR affiliate Alton Byers, will deploy in Nepal to begin the process of assessing post-earthquake impacts on the country’s potentially dangerous glacial lakes.

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Explaining biodiversity patterns: An Antarctic case study

Explaining biodiversity patterns: An Antarctic case study

Scientists have developed a new theory to explain patterns in biodiversity, and tested it on bacteria in the soils of the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. Their study was published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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Mekelle University fosters climate change adaptation leaders in Africa

Mekelle University fosters climate change adaptation leaders in Africa

A unique partnership between Mekelle University, Ethiopia, and the Consortium for Capacity Building (CCB), CU-Boulder, is fostering climate leaders in Africa. Mekelle University’s Institute for Climate and Society (ICS) opens multidisciplinary skills in climate change adaptation and resilience to graduate students from Ethiopia and elsewhere in the region.

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INSTAAR at AGU: Talks, posters, and sessions at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting

INSTAAR faculty and graduate students will share new research at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco, 15 to 19 December. They will present new research on abrupt climate change, air quality and fracking, polar climate change, atmospheric chemistry, flood impacts, forests and snow, plants and soils, and past climates.

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Measuring sunlight on the cheap: Open source electronics for datalogging

Measuring sunlight on the cheap: Open source electronics for datalogging

Ecohydrologist Holly Barnard and Matt Findley had a side project: could they build a research-grade field instrument from hobbyist-grade microcontrollers? After some tinkering and testing, PARduino meant the answer was yes.

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Balanced on a knife point: Are glaciers self-organized critical systems?

Balanced on a knife point: Are glaciers self-organized critical systems?

A study involving two INSTAAR researchers takes a new view of glaciers and ice sheets as self-organized critical systems, which may explain why a slight climate change can mean the difference between relatively stable ice and the complete collapse of entire ice shelves.

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