Fire and Ice: Boulder scientists in the news

Scientists at NCAR, NOAA, and the National Snow and Ice Data Center have had a lot to say this week about environmental issues in the United States and around the globe. Another Boulder business is — presumably — working on revolutionary weather satellites.

NCAR scientist weighs in on wildfire models

Janice Coen, a meteorologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research is quoted in an Associated Press story saying that old computer models don’t account for weather fluctuations that can affect the path of wildfires.

Coen then pimps her own computer model.

“That’s where this model is strong because it’s incorporating the time-changing weather and all the weird things happening in the mountains and the fire feedbacks,” Coen told the AP.

Arctic sea-ice levels dip to fourth-lowest on record

NASA announced this week that Arctic sea ice levels for this summer were at their fourth-lowest since observations began. Of course, NASA had to rely on data compiled by Boulder’s National Snow and Ice Data Center. NASA contributes funding to NSIDC.

PlanetiQ up and running in Boulder — we think

It has been nearly a month now that PlanetiQ, a Maryland-based company that builds weather observation equipment and satellites, announced that it will hire six to 12 scientists to work at its new Boulder facility on 55th Street. We’re still waiting to hear whom they’ve hired.

PlanetiQ plans to launch 12 weather-observing micro-satellites in the next year. The satellites weight 1.5 kilograms and can fit in a 10-centimeter box.

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PlanetiQ’s micro-satellite model. Photo courtesy flickr creative commons.


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