December 15th, 2014INSTAAR faculty and graduate students will share new research at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco, 15 to 19 December. They will present new research on abrupt climate change, air quality and fracking, polar climate change, atmospheric chemistry, flood impacts, forests and snow, plants and soils, and past climates.
December 5th, 2013INSTAAR faculty and graduate students will share their research at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting (http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2013/) held in San Francisco, 9 to 13 December. They will present new research on abrupt climate change, atmospheric chemistry, geomorphology, rivers and oceans, forests and snow, plants and soils, past climates, flood monitoring, Antarctic volcanoes, coastal erosion, and emissions from energy production.
October 3rd, 2012The NSF has awarded a $12 million grant to a CU-Boulder-led team, including the leaders of the CWERC research center, to explore ways to maximize the benefits of natural gas development while minimizing negative impacts on ecosystems and communities. The team will examine social, ecological and economic aspects of the development of natural gas resources, including fracking, and the protection of air and water resources. The project will focus on the Rocky Mountain region, where natural gas development, as well as objections to it, are increasing.
May 20th, 2006John C. Behrendt was elected President of the prestigious American Polar Society in spring 2006.
December 26th, 2002Two University of Colorado at Boulder faculty, including INSTAAR's John Behrendt, have been elected fellows of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science for 2002.
November 1st, 2002The Geological Society of America honored John Andrews' tremendous impact on the Quaternary sciences at the annual meeting with two special sessions entitled "Quaternary Sciences from Land to Sea: In Honor of John T. Andrews."
In The News
January 24th, 2020Twin calamities marked the end of the Cretaceous period, and scientists (including INSTAAR Julio Sepulvéda) are presenting new evidence of which drove one of Earth’s great extinctions in this New York Times story.
January 23rd, 2020Massive gas bursts emitted by volcanoes about 66 million years ago probably couldn’t have caused a mass extinction event that spelled doom for all nonbird dinosaurs, suggests a new study. Data on ancient temperatures, combined with simulations of the shifting carbon cycle in the ocean, lend support to the hypothesis that a giant asteroid impact—not toxic gases emitted by Deccan Traps eruption—was primarily responsible for the die-off. The study, which included INSTAAR Julio Sepulvéda among its authors, was published January 17 in Science.
February 22nd, 2019Hundreds of volcanoes could be hiding beneath almost 2,000 meters of solid Antarctic ice, an area twice the size of Texas, according to data collected by a magnetic sensor on an aircraft of Antarctica’s subglacial topography. INSTAARs John Behrendt and Wes LeMasurier weigh in on the likelihood of their presence and effects.
November 18th, 2014Undergraduate geology students spent two weeks this summer on Iceland in an innovative field course that resulted from a partnership between CU-Boulder and the University of Iceland, which have long worked together at the PhD level but have not previously collaborated on undergraduate education. G. Lang Farmer and Giff Miller of CU-Boulder, and Áslaug Geirsdóttir of the University of Iceland, donate their time to plan and conduct the summer field course.
October 2nd, 2014One of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) priority goals is to improve the nation's capacity in data science by investing in the development of infrastructure, building multi-institutional partnerships to increase the number of U.S. data scientists and augmenting the usefulness and ease of using data. As part of that effort, NSF today announced $31 million in new funding to support 17 innovative projects under the Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program. One of the programs is led by INSTAAR researcher Chris Jenkins.
October 1st, 2013Last year, a team of scientists led by INSTAAR geochemist Gifford Miller strengthened the link between a historic volcanic eruption and the onset of the Little Ice Age by using radiocarbon dating of dead plant material from beneath the ice caps on Baffin Island and Iceland, as well as ice and sediment core data, to determine that the cold summers and ice growth began abruptly between 1275 and 1300 C.E. New research by volcanologist Franck Lavigne of the Université Paris and colleagues may have identified the volcano in question: Indonesia’s Samalas.
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