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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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The Hydrologic Sciences graduate program is administered by the Center for Water, Earth Science and Technology (CWEST). We are supported in part by the University of Colorado Graduate School and INSTAAR, the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research.


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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