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How complexity science can quickly detect climate record anomalies

The history of our climate is written in ice. Reading it is a matter of deciphering the complex signals pulled from tens of thousands of years of accumulated isotopes frozen miles below the surface of Antarctica. When making sense of the massive amount of information packed into an ice core, scientists face a forensic challenge: how best to separate the useful information from the corrupt. A new paper published in the journal Entropy shows how tools from information theory, a branch of complexity science, can address this challenge by quickly homing in on portions of the data that require further investigation.

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Is air quality in Longmont at risk?

Boulder County residents have been keeping a close eye on a website hosted by INSTAAR, which tracks levels of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, in the air at the Boulder Reservoir. VOCs that have been recorded include chemicals like methane and butane, which are harmful to our environment, as well as chemicals like benzene, which is a known carcinogen for humans. Dr. Detlev Helmig will discuss his findings.

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Katharine Suding named AAAS fellow for 2018

INSTAAR researcher Katharine Suding and CU professor Tom Perkins are among 416 newly elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed by their peers. AAAS fellows are elected each year due to scientifically significant or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

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Longmont group hosting CU researcher to discuss impacts of oil and gas production on air quality

Longmont likely experiences highest levels of volatile organic compounds, ozone caused by oil, gas drilling of Boulder County municipalities, suggests work from the Atmospheric Research Lab.

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AGU Ecohydrology “meet a leaf”: Holly Barnard

The AGU Ecohydrology blog features INSTAAR scientist Holly Barnard

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Why do taxonomists write the meanest obituaries?

Nautilus podcast about a long-form article is replete with snippets from excoriating 19th-century obituaries - and a few moments with one of our favorite taxonomists, Sarah Spaulding.

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