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March 18, 2020

COVID-19 update: Department office hours and contact information for fall semester

The department office will be staffed from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday for in-person assistance. Staff will be available by phone or email from 1-4:30. For general questions and building issues, please contact Hannah Gluckstern (, 491-8682). For human resources questions, please contact Heather Packard (, 491-8356). For student issues, please contact Graduate Adviser Sarah Tisdale (, 491-8360) or Associate Department Head Professor Eric Maloney (, 491-3368). For…
September 16, 2020

NOAA-NWS meteorologist Tanja Fransen to speak at virtual FORTCAST event

Wildfire smoke and community preparedness for extreme weather are relevant and timely topics. Tanja Fransen of NOAA-NWS Glasgow, Montana, will address these and other subjects at FORTCAST’s virtual What’s Brewing in Weather & Science talk Tuesday, Sept. 22. With 26 years of experience working for the National Weather Service, Fransen is the meteorologist-in-charge at NOAA-NWS Glasgow. She helped start the NWS Mentoring Program and has served on the AMS Council.…
September 3, 2020

NOAA-funded project to better connect climate models with evaporation observations

How much water evaporates from the ocean surface is an important factor in climate projections. Evaporation rates in existing climate models do not match measurements taken at the ocean surface. A study led by CSU Department of Atmospheric Science researcher Charlotte DeMott, and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, aims to bridge the gap between observations and models, improving the accuracy of climate projections. The evaporation rates calculated…
August 26, 2020

CSU climate researchers among partners in new $20M NSF AI center

As partners in a five-year, $20 million NSF-funded program led by the University of Oklahoma, CSU will work to greatly expand how AI is used in environmental research, with a critical focus on making sure that the answers we get are not only accurate and fast, but trustworthy. Research Professor Imme Ebert-Uphoff, working in both the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and CIRA at CSU, is leading CSU’s delegation…
August 24, 2020

Gregory Schill and colleagues study fires to resolve ice question in climate models

When fossil fuel or biomass burns, soot – also known as black carbon – fills the air. Black carbon is an important short-term climate driver because it absorbs solar energy and can affect the formation and composition of clouds. The extent of black carbon’s impact on clouds has been the subject of debate for 30 years. A study recently published by Colorado State University atmospheric scientists aims to settle the…
August 17, 2020

Emily Fischer encounters Cameron Peak Fire while backpacking with family

As an atmospheric chemist who studies wildfire smoke, Associate Professor Emily Fischer knew better than most the danger heading her way when she saw a plume of smoke while backpacking with family Thursday. "I immediately shouted to my husband, 'We have to get out now.' We just grabbed the kids' hands and we ran out six miles," Fischer said. She and her family are safe. But Colorado's air might not…
August 14, 2020

NASA instrument continues Earth radiation data collection pioneered by Tom Vonder Haar

As a Ph.D. student in the 1960s, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus Tom Vonder Haar obtained the first measurements of Earth’s radiation budget, the balance of incoming energy from the sun and outgoing energy from the Earth. In the 1980s, he led NASA’s Earth Radiation Budget Experiment that launched three satellites to begin continuously collecting data on Earth’s radiation budget. Now he is senior adviser on NASA’s latest project that will…


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