Records set during the Olympics by fast swimmers and runners and all sorts of other athletes were exciting. They made people jump out of seats in living rooms around the world and cheer. But records set by our planet are another story. Those make me uneasy.
L.S. Gardiner's blog
Melting sea ice doesn’t cause sea level to rise because the ice is already in the ocean, but it does cause other changes to the planet. When sea ice melts, more sunlight is absorbed by the Earth, which causes more warming. It’s a vicious cycle. And here’s how it works.
In the Arctic Ocean, autumn doesn’t mean colorful leaves or harvesting pumpkins and apples. It means that the ice bobbing atop the sea around the North Pole is at its minimum after melting through the summer. This autumn, new records are being set for the minimum amount of sea ice in the Arctic.
By Annareli Morales, SOARS Protégé It's not every day that you get to tour expensive and advanced research aircraft that fly high and low through hurricanes, winter cyclones, and thunderstorms all around the globe. Last week some fellow SOARS protégés and I toured NCAR’s Research Aviation Facility.
By Monika Wnuk, UCAR Intern. Under the wing of their project mentor, Kristina Peterson, SOARS protégés Sandra Maina and Frances Roberts-Gregory spent their first weeks at late-night dinners, Masses, even shrimping with shrimpers, all for the sake of gaining trust from the community they would rely on for their research.
By Andre Perkins, SOARS Protégé. A curious cloud is visible in the rearview mirror. It’s much lower than any of the other cumulus puffs at the top of daytime thermals. Why is it so low? Is it coming from the mountains? I had never seen the effects of a wildfire in person before June 9th, 2012 when the High Park ignited to the west of Fort Collins, CO.
By Stanley Edwin, SOARS Protégé. I could still see some of the smoke in the hills above Boulder when I returned from a science workshop in New Mexico. This told me how close the fire came to Boulder. As a former forest firefighter in Alaska, I have a little more experience with fires than most college students, so when I first heard about the fire encroaching on Boulder, I decided to reassure my SOARS friends that everything would be fine.
By Curtis Walker, SOARS Protégé. Last winter, much of the U.S. saw above average temperatures and less snowfall than usual. Months later the price is being paid in the form of wildfire, an unpredictable and untamable force of nature.
By Curtis Walker, SOARS Protégé. On Friday, June 1, 2012, I joined my research mentors for a meeting to discuss the details of my SOARS 2012 Project. They mentioned that this summer I would be working with NASCAR, but they didn’t tell me that I would have the opportunity to go to my first race!
Imagine someone who is exploring nature. Now imagine someone exploring science. Scientists, naturalist, writers, and artists all look at nature in different ways. What's your lens on nature?