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  • August 03, 2021

    by Rachael Jones, 2021 Summer Intern

    I love watching the rising snowpack graph each winter and cheering on that moving dial that seems so full of promise. In recent years, though, that dial has peaked early and well below average, inevitably inducing visions of drought, wildfire, and drying vegetation in our local ecosystems. I’m not an ecologist, however, and while some of these assumptions surrounding drought conditions are accurate, one experience this summer reminded me that ecology is profoundly nuanced.

  • August 03, 2021

    By Isabella Connerton-Nevin

  • July 25, 2021

    By Hiromi Kondo, 2021 Summer Intern

    Over the past few months, I was an intern for the Aspen Global Change Institute. I worked on a variety of different projects from field work to data management. However, what really stood out to me was the portion of my time I spent considering perspectives outside of Western science. Specifically, reading the “Asters and Goldenrod” chapter from Braiding Sweetgrass by Dr. Robin W. Kimmerer is something that will stick with me.

  • March 11, 2021

    Why does soil moisture matter?

  • December 17, 2020

    It was a breathtakingly beautiful morning today, 10ºF by the thermometer on my dashboard as we parked and prepared to hike over to the Spring Valley station. The low angle of the sun made the frosted heads of cheatgrass a glittering foreground to snowy Mount Sopris in the distance. Martín and I crunched our way across the field and into the sagebrush, then the junipers, also encrusted with gems of ice. It’s easy to forget how wonderful a morning in the field can be during our computer work months.

  • August 28, 2020

    After a promising winter snowpack, a disappointingly dry spring unfolded into a hot, arid summer in the Roaring Fork Valley this year. Even before the fire broke out at Grizzly Creek, anxieties about low river flows were running high for many municipalities, farmers and ranchers, and recreationalists in the West.

  • August 10, 2020

    By Andrea Sanchez, 2020 Summer Intern

  • August 19, 2019

    By Hunter Brown

  • August 07, 2019

    By: Isabella C.N.

  • December 17, 2018

    2018 was an interesting year to be looking at iRON data. A low snowpack coming out of winter combined with warm spring and summer temperatures to lead to unprecedented water restrictions in many towns in the Roaring Fork Watershed, while the late arrival of summer rains also left many ecological communities coping with dry soils for the summer.