December 14th, 2018The 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.
November 29th, 2018Boulder 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.
November 28th, 2018INSTAAR 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.
November 27th, 2018Longmont 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.
November 20th, 2018The AGU Ecohydrology blog features INSTAAR scientist Holly Barnard