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Our academic program focuses on quantitative studies of water in the environment including its role in geologic and biogeochemical processes, ecosystem functions, and global elemental cycling. We offer a Graduate Certificate in Hydrologic Sciences and a PhD degree through Geophysics.

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Applications are currently being accepted for the certificate program

Applications may be submitted at We are currently accepting applications to the Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program. Click the "Academics" tab for more information and to download an application. Or email hydrogrd@colorado.edu for more information. It is not necessary to have completed all requirements for the program before applying. Apply now!

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USAID, CU-Boulder partner to study water resources in Asia mountains

A University of Colorado Boulder team is partnering with the United States Agency for International Development to assess snow and glacier contributions to water resources originating in the high mountains of Asia that straddle 10 countries.

2011-12-15    Category: research    Read the full entry

 

Mountain pine beetle activity may impact snow accumulation and melt, says CU-Boulder study

A new University of Colorado Boulder study indicates the infestation by mountain pine beetles in the high country could potentially trigger earlier snowmelt...

2011-10-03    Category: research    Read the full entry

 

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We are supported by the University of Colorado Graduate School and INSTAAR, the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research.

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Laser light sheet illuminating sediment transport in a sediment flume. The image is a single frame from a high-speed video (200 frames per second) acquired during an experiment mimicking the turbulence and sediment flow in rivers. Illumination of the flowing particles is from a argon-ion laser that generates a 1.5mm-thick sheet of light. Flow vectors were visualized and the force on the purple sphere was measured. The experiment was led by Mark Schmeeckle, while he was a graduate student at CU-Boulder (Department of Geography, Advisor: John Pitlick). Schmeeckle is now an assistant professor of Geography at Arizona State University, where he runs the River Dynamics Lab.

Animation of this experiment (Schmeeckle ASU web site).

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