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Earth's magnetic field is constantly changing and while large-scale changes, such as a complete reversal of the magnetic field, happen over several thousand years, smaller changes over shorter periods of time affect navigation, including for aviation. This shifting magnetic field affects airports and airline operations, including alphanumeric airport runway names, which indicate headings—crucial information for pilots.

CIRES team’s work helps ensure accurate navigation for aviation, more
Monday, November 20, 2017
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Trout Bowl

The Trout Bowl is the Colorado regional competition for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. This academic competition will have 20 teams from Colorado and Texas, and 40-50 volunteers from CIRES, CU, NOAA, and the public at large. If you’re interested in learning more or volunteering, please email Amanda Morton.

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A well-designed climate observing system could help scientists answer knotty questions about climate while delivering trillions of dollars in benefits by providing decision makers information they need to protect public health and the economy in the coming decades, according to a new paper published today.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

NOAA public affairs specialist Theo Stein contributed to this story. NOAA's webstory is here.
Banner above:  NOAA simulation of carbon dioxide concentrations shows swirls of the invisible greenhouse gas near the planet's surface. TM5 simulation: Sourish Basu/CIRES and NOAA.
AGU story.

 

 

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Climate change is unequivocally affecting the health of people around the world today, with a disproportionate impact on vulnerable populations, according to an international report published today in the prestigious medical journal Lancet.

CIRES’ Max Boykoff contributed to comprehensive, UK-led report on critical connections between climate change and human health
Monday, October 30, 2017
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On certain days in 2014, oil and gas emissions made a big contribution to high summertime ozone levels in northeastern Colorado, according to a new study led by CIRES and NOAA researchers. High concentrations of summertime ozone in the northern Front Range of Colorado aren’t limited to the urban Denver area. High ozone levels were also observed in rural areas where oil and gas activity was the primary source of ozone precursors, the study found.

Colorado’s northern Front Range focus of new study
Friday, November 3, 2017
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A rash of earthquakes in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico recorded between 2008 and 2010 was likely due to fluids pumped deep underground during oil and gas wastewater disposal, says a new University of Colorado Boulder study.

The study, which took place in the 2,200-square-mile Raton Basin along the central Colorado-northern New Mexico border, found more than 1,800 earthquakes up to magnitude 4.3 during that period, linking most to wastewater injection well activity. Such wells are used to pump water back in the ground after it has been extracted during the collection of methane gas from subterranean coal beds.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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This year the annual Geological Society of America meeting will be held October 22 through 25 in beautiful Seattle, Washington. GSA brings together scientists from around the globe: “to advance geoscience research and discovery, service to society, stewardship of Earth, and the geosciences profession.” This year’s annual meeting features several CIRES researchers in diverse fields. See below for a few you don’t want to miss! Please note all times are listed in Pacific time. Follow on social media with the hashtag #GSA2017.

Geological Society of America annual meeting in Seattle
Thursday, October 19, 2017
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Many people expressed serious concerns when presented with the idea of deliberately manipulating Earth's climate, according to a small, focus-group study conducted in four places around the world. But despite those negative feelings, they remained open about "geoengineering" or climate intervention ideas, in the face of a changing climate and uncertain future.

New research provides insight into people’s perceptions of large-scale climate manipulation technology
Monday, October 9, 2017
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While Boulder battled temperatures in the high 90’s this summer, CIRES ESOC researcher J. Toby Minear and his team were knee-deep in frigid Alaskan waters—taking calibration ground measurements for a NASA mission that will harness new, state-of-the-art satellite technology to view Earth’s water in incredible detail from space.

CIRES researchers help NASA plan mission to measure water levels from space
Thursday, September 21, 2017
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