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October 1, 2021

Hurricane forecast author Phil Klotzbach to speak at FORTCAST event Oct. 12

Phil Klotzbach, research scientist and lead author of CSU's annual hurricane forecast, will speak at FORTCAST's first “What’s Brewing in Weather and Climate” event this semester. Klotzbach will discuss hurricanes, how we predict them and the impacts of climate change. Discussion followed by Q-and-A will begin 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, upstairs at Tap & Handle. “What’s Brewing in Weather and Climate” is a series of informal talks where you…
September 30, 2021

Jeff Collett group, Ajax Analytics monitoring air quality for Town of Erie

Residents of Erie, Colorado now have access to detailed data about the air they’re breathing, thanks to a sophisticated air quality monitoring network deployed by Colorado State University atmospheric scientists and environmental data company Ajax Analytics. The Town of Erie recently announced the launch of a public portal to view data collected by the monitoring stations, which were deployed in phases over the summer as part of the town’s Air…
September 24, 2021

Sonia Kreidenweis, Paul DeMott co-lead $12.5 million NSF aerobiome project

Several researchers from the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering will study microbes in the air, or the aerobiome, as part of a new $12.5 million National Science Foundation project. The Biology Integration Institutes: Regional OneHealth Aerobiome Discovery Network, or BROADN – including atmospheric scientists, agricultural biologists, microbiologists and sociologists from across Colorado State University – aims to improve our fundamental understanding of the aerobiome during this five-year project. The…
September 8, 2021

Bill Cotton explains how wildfire burn scars can intensify and even create thunderstorms

Professor Emeritus Bill Cotton wrote this piece for The Conversation. Colorado State University is a contributing institution to The Conversation, an independent collaboration between editors and academics that provides informed news analysis and commentary to the general public. Wildfires burn millions of acres of land every year, leaving changed landscapes that are prone to flooding. Less well known is that these already vulnerable regions can also intensify and in some…
September 7, 2021

AMS honors Steven Rutledge, Melissa Burt and Richard Johnson

Three members of Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science will be honored at the 102nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting Jan. 23-27 in Houston. Professor Steven Rutledge will receive the Verner E. Suomi Technology Medal, and Melissa Burt, Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering assistant dean for diversity and inclusion, will receive the Charles E. Anderson Award. The meeting also will feature a symposium named for Professor Emeritus Richard…
September 3, 2021

Jeff Pierce named Professor of the Year

Professor Jeff Pierce was selected as the Professor of the Year for the 2020-21 academic year, based on evaluations by students, administered by the department’s graduate representatives. Students fill out surveys for each course throughout the year, and grad reps then determine which professor received the most feedback for teaching excellence. Grad rep Kimberley Corwin presented Pierce with the award Sept. 1 at the New Student Welcome Picnic. Corwin shared…

Department gathers again for annual picnic welcoming new students

An annual tradition found its way back into our routine Sept. 1 when the department welcomed its incoming graduate students with a picnic at Spring Canyon Park. Last year's event was canceled due to the pandemic. Faculty introduced their new students and shared a little about the research each will be doing. It was a good opportunity to take a photo of the incoming class (above) as well as last…


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Upcoming Colloquium

Modulation of ENSO Teleconnections over North America by Pacific Decadal Variability

By Nicola Maher of University of Colorado, Boulder
On October 21, 3 p.m.

Hosted by Maria Rugenstein

Upcoming Defenses

MS Defense

Detection of Forced Change Within Combined Climate Fields Using Explainable Neural Networks

By Jamin Rader
On October 19, 12 p.m.

Advisor Elizabeth Barnes

Recent Research Articles

Russ Schumacher, Aaron Hill, Mark Klein, James Nelson, Michael Erickson, Sarah Trojniak and Gregory Herman
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