Jul 1, 2013 9:43 AM by Stephen Bowers
Researchers in Boulder with the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado are working toward a better understanding of our planet's water cycle and its potential contributions to climate change.
The team, led by Meteorologist David Noone, is working with the National Science Foundation and is analyzing stable isotopes within water vapor - moisture in the air - and precipitation with the nearly 1,000-feet tall Boulder Atmospheric Observatory Tower in Boulder.
These isotopes contain information about the source of the water vapor and can be used to determine how much rain water is from the oceans as opposed to evaporation of water from land.
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