May 22nd, 2020The first water measurements here were taken in 1903. Long-term monitoring since then tells the tale of an abrupt ecosystem shift. This Science Friday story on Massive Science features Mike Gooseff and Diane McKnight.
May 1st, 2020CU Boulder researchers, led by PhD student Riley Brady and PI Nikki Lovenduski, have developed a method that could enable scientists to accurately forecast ocean acidity up to five years in advance. This would enable fisheries and communities that depend on seafood negatively affected by ocean acidification to adapt to changing conditions in real time, improving economic and food security in the next few decades. The new method, described today in Nature Communications, offers potential to forecast the acceleration or slowdown of ocean acidification.
April 28th, 2020CU Boulder-led study, which includes PhD student Ethan Welty, IDs triggers of destructive glacial process that buried kilometers of Alaskan forest.
April 24th, 2020The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on science. But some research has kept going through it all, including a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration–led effort to keep tabs on the amount of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere: the Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network. This Grist story quotes Bruce Vaughn and Jen Morse.
April 19th, 2020A Boulder scientist noted that in recent days an email has traveled through his circle that goes like this: “Everybody: You can’t shut down the whole world; Mother Nature: Hold my beer.” Humankind is living through a prolonged and unintended test case of what it might look like if homo sapiens’ footprint on the planet — and much of their attendant emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants — was dramatically reduced. The jury is still out, but the early evidence is sufficient for some local scientists to at least talk about what it might mean — but also, what we can’t yet know. This Daily Camera story quotes Bruce Vaughn, Arlyn Andrews, and others and features a photo of Alyssa Johnson working in SIL.
April 15th, 2020The shortfall of so-called personal protective equipment (PPE) has left health care professionals in danger of becoming ill from COVID-19 as they treat patients. CU Boulder joined an array of relief and supply efforts last week with a donation of more than 130,000 pieces of PPE. Dozens of departments, units and labs across campus donated gloves, N-95 masks, face shields, shoe covers and other PPE. The donation went to the Boulder Office of Emergency Management (OEM), which will distribute the supplies to health care providers, long-term care facilities and first responders throughout the county.