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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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Water Resources Seminar Series Spring 2015

Wednesdays from 11am to 12noon check out the water resources seminar in room 1B41 of the enigneering center. The speakers are listed here

Hot off the presses: CU Boulder Hydrology Rap

Watch Professor Roseanna Neupauer of Water Resources Engineering deliver a live hip hop performance here

CWEST: The Center for Water Earth Science and Technology

CWEST is a scientific and educational partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) with the center being a part of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). Visit their homepage here

2015 Symposium Abstract Submission Open Until March 16th

Email: hydrogrd@colorado.edu for a link to the abstract submission page!

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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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Program Support

We are supported 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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