Register for 18/10 Webinar: MSc in Climate Physics.

September 20, 2016/ IMAU/

Have you always been fascinated by the ongoing and future changes of the Earth’s Climate and are you looking for a Master’s programme dealing with this challenging field?  If your answer is YES, you will want to join our upcoming Webinar on October 18th, 3:00 -4.00 PM (UTC+1). Our hosts, Professor of Polear Metereology Michiel van den Broeke, PhD student

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It’s time

July 5, 2016/ IMAU/

“It’s not time that passes, it’s you, it’s I”, is a line from the poem Time by the renowned Dutch poet Rutger Kopland (1934-2012). It reminds us that we are “only briefly” part of a greater and continuous whole. This is exactly how three IMAU master students, which feature in our recently launched short master film, look at the climate

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50 years IMAU – a great celebration and a day to be remembered

July 5, 2016/ IMAU/

June  23rd , 2016, will enter the history books as the day  IMAU celebrated  its 50th anniversary. The location of this memorable event was beautiful Fort Voordorp at the outskirts of Utrecht. Curiously, it was on this same day that the people of a strange island voted to leave the European Union and the  European soccer championship  took place without

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Climate Physics Master film

July 5, 2016/ IMAU/

At IMAU’s 50th anniversary on June 23, the new promotional film for IMAU’s master’s programme Climate Physics was presented. First year master student Mark Dekker, second year student Evelien Dekker and alumnus and PhD student Andre Jüling filmed their daily activities at the university and explain why they chose Climate Physics, stressing the uniquely broad and international character of the

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Unlikely high temperatures in December 2015

July 5, 2016/ IMAU/

By Aarnout van Delden, June 2016 With summer approaching, one may already have forgotten past winter. This is understandable, because past winter was rather uneventful, apart from the highly exceptional mildness  of December. The monthly average temperature in the Netherlands measured in December 2015 (9.6°C in De Bilt) would have been normal for the Mediterranean coast of Spain or Italy,

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Past sea level highstands and the future evolution of the Antarctic ice sheet

July 5, 2016/ IMAU/

On 31 March this year, a research paper was published in Nature in which geological reconstructions of sea level highstands are combined with projections of future sea level change. In this study, for the first time an ice sheet – climate model successfully reproduces sea level highstands during warm periods in the past. Temperatures were likely 1-3 degrees higher than

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Natk4all, a great succes

July 5, 2016/ IMAU/

About two years ago, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) has initiated an effort to reduce the ever growing shortage of high-school physics teachers. In this project, called “impuls lerarentekort”, or “natk4all”, nine technical/science universities, including Utrecht University, are working together to construct nine university-level physics courses for physics teachers, ranging from geophysics to quantum mechanics. The aim

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Science, business and innovation

July 5, 2016/ IMAU/

My name is Joseph Timkovsky; I did a two-month internship at IMAU in 2009 and then continued as a PhD student under the supervision of Rupert Holzinger. My PhD research was about volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the atmosphere and the chemical composition of organic aerosols. It involved a lot of lab work, in particular using a proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometer

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Nieuw record in menging van oppervlakte en diepzee water in de Irmingerzee met belangrijke gevolgen voor de circulatie in de Noord-Atlantische Oceaan

July 1, 2016/ IMAU/

Onderzoekers Femke de Jong en Laura de Steur van het NIOZ Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee hebben aangetoond dat de recente temperatuurontwikkeling in de Irmingerzee ten zuidoosten van Groenland grotendeels verklaard kan worden door de regionale interactie tussen de oceaan en de atmosfeer tijdens de extreem koude winter van 2014-15. Een door anderen geponeerde vermindering van de vorming

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A special new isotope device for the IMAU

June 21, 2016/ IMAU/

Third instrument in the world can select the masses a thousand times more accurately than existing instruments Wednesday 8 June was an exciting day for the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU). A new, large isotope instrument was delivered. The largest part of the instrument had to be hoisted to the sixth floor of the Buys Ballot Building with a

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