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Clouds and rainbow from a recent road trip to New Mexico (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

Staff Notes Monthly

For the people of NCAR, UCAR, and UOP Vol. 42, #1, December 2007 - January 2008

Tim Killeen announced in late February that he is stepping down from his role as NCAR director. A job awaits him as NSF’s assistant director for geosciences at the foundation’s headquarters in the Washington, D.C., area.

“This is an incredibly important time for science and technology in this country, and the geosciences have a pivotal role to play in solving societal problems into the future. U.S. science must step up and lead the way, and I am honored to have been asked to take up this particular banner now,” Tim says. More >

tim killeen


Project BudBurst blooms
After a successful debut last spring, Project BudBurst is back for good. This national “citizen science” campaign, which sends students, teachers, families, gardeners, and ­others outdoors to observe the budding, leafing, and blooming of trees and flowers, is now a year-round project. More >


Upcoming conferences
A unique conference brings climate change scientists and Native American leaders together March 19–21 at Center Green. “Planning for Seven Generations: Traditional and Scientific Approaches to Climate Change” will ponder two different perspectives on climate change, one rooted in indigenous experience and the other informed by current scientific methods. More >

coral reef

Ocean’s natural thermostat may protect some coral reefs
Coral reefs are in hot water, both literally and figuratively: it’s estimated that 27% of the planet’s reefs are now dead, half of these due to global warming. Beleaguered reefs recently got a rare bit of good news, however. Natural processes in the ocean may prevent waters from warming beyond a certain point, helping protect some reefs from the impacts of climate change. More >

melting ice

Let it melt
As spring approaches, ice gives way to water in Boulder Creek. More >

delphi Delphi Questions
Conflict of interest, flag at FL More >
clouds Short Takes
Climate and crops. Alaska to Argentina. Visualizing geoscience. A better handle on dangerous clouds. More >

great horned owl

A great horned owl has been spotted nesting near Foothills Lab. The bird is one of the most common owls in North America, found everywhere from tundra to desert to rainforest. Known for its prominent ear tufts, the owl’s wingspan measures about 40–57 inches (101–145 centimeters). It nests early, laying eggs in January or February through April. Both the male and female incubate eggs for 30–35 days. On April 7, a Boulder County volunteer naturalist will give an owl presentation at noon in the FL2 main auditorium. For more information, check Today@UCAR.

Visit the owl cam.


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