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The South Pole feels Pacific heat

The South Pole feels Pacific heat

In a "news and views" piece in Nature Climate Change, INSTAAR Sharon Stammerjohn and CIRES researcher Ted Scambos spell out the evidence and consequences of rapid warming at the South Pole and call for action to “flatten the curve” of global carbon emissions.

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INSTAAR statement on systemic racism

We recognize that Black Lives Matter and stand with the protesters demonstrating against injustice. We are also reckoning with the overdue realization that we are part of the same systems that led to that violence. We commit to doing our part to dismantle implicit, systemic racism in our own spaces and list specific actions we will take within INSTAAR.

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Tracking fossil fuel emissions with carbon-14

Tracking fossil fuel emissions with carbon-14

Researchers from NOAA and the University of Colorado have devised a breakthrough method for estimating national emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels using ambient air samples and a well-known isotope of carbon scientists have relied on for decades to date archaeological sites. In a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they report the first-ever national scale estimate of fossil-fuel derived carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions obtained by observing CO2 and its naturally occurring radioisotope, carbon-14, from air samples collected by NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network.

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INSTAAR response to COVID-19

Acting on CU Boulder guidelines, INSTAARs are taking several actions to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safer. While university operations are continuing, things will look different around here for a while. Much of our activity is moving to home offices and online.

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Jahn, Hinckley win prestigious NSF CAREER awards for integrating research and teaching

Jahn, Hinckley win prestigious NSF CAREER awards for integrating research and teaching

INSTAAR researchers Eve-Lyn Hinckley and Alexandra Jahn are among a group of CU Boulder scientists this year receiving the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program supports faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent teaching, and the integration of education and research, and who have the potential to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

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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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