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Shaped by humans, river deltas are gaining land worldwide—for now

A new study of nearly every delta on the planet shows how river delta shapes and sizes around the world are changing due to human activity. The study, carried out by a team of Dutch and American researchers that includes INSTAAR Albert Kettner, finds that increased soil erosion from deforestation has been building land in deltas over the past 30 years, despite extensive river damming. This trend is likely to reverse as sea-level rise accelerates and other human impacts take effect.

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INSTAAR hosts first data blitz highlighting new research (and science puns)

INSTAAR hosts first data blitz highlighting new research (and science puns)

Whales, wildfires, and weeds; dams, drones, and diatoms; sulfur, swamps, and sea ice were all headline topics at INSTAAR’s first data blitz last week. In quick succession, faculty, graduate students, and postdocs took turns giving two-minute talks using two slides apiece. The speed talks were meant to showcase the breadth and diversity of research that takes place in the Institute, and to help everyone get to know each other and their work a little better.

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Watershed exhibit to open at Museum of Boulder

Watershed exhibit to open at Museum of Boulder

An educational exhibit on the Boulder Creek watershed is opening at the Museum of Boulder on Friday, January 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. All are welcome at the opening reception, which is free.

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DNA recovered from Arctic lakes holds clues for our future world

High in the Canadian Arctic on Baffin Island, beneath 10 meters of water and many more of mud, sits a refrigerated archive of Earth’s past life. The deep sediments in a small lake called CF8 hold ancient pollen and plant fossils. But it now appears that the mud harbors something else: ancient DNA from as far back as the Eemian, a period 125,000 years ago when the Arctic was warmer than today, left by vegetation that otherwise would have vanished without a trace. Highlights the work of postdoc and former grad student Sarah Crump.

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2019 Highly Cited Researchers include INSTAARs Suding, Turetsky, and White

INSTAAR researchers Katherine Suding, Merritt Turetsky, and James W. C. White have been named 2019 Highly Cited Researchers by the Web of Science Group, meaning they rank in the top one percent of their field by citations. The recognition is meant to identify the world's most influential researchers.

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INSTAAR buys carbon offsets for its researchers’ flights

INSTAAR will counteract the carbon footprint of its researchers’ business flights by paying into CU Boulder’s carbon offset plan.

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