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NRBB 3010 - The Climate of Colorado

  • NonCredit
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This course covers the history of the Colorado Climate Center, climate data, the role of mountains in our weather and climate, climate variability and climate extremes.

Course learning objectives include learning about the history of the Colorado Climate Center, the importance of data to climate and weather prediction, how the mountains affect our weather, how climate varies from day to day, month to month and year to year, and some of Colorado’s extreme weather events, how those extremes are measured and how a warming climate can have both warm and cold records.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Please note that there are no refunds for open entry courses.

Textbooks and Materials

All materials are supplied within the online course.


Peter Goble

Peter Goble currently works as a research associate at Colorado State University. He specializes in drought information and climate services. Much of his research is focused on surface water balance, studying the interplay between precipitation, evapotranspiration, and soil moisture. Peter received his bachelor's degree in Meteorology from the University of Northern Colorado in 2012, and his master's degree in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University in 2016.

Nolan Doesken

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Nolan Doesken served as the Colorado’s State Climatologist for 12 years from 2006 to 2017. He previously was the Assistant State Climatologist.

Becky Bolinger

Becky Bolinger is now the Assistant State Climatologist at the Colorado Climate Center (within CSU’s department of Atmospheric Science). Dr. Bolinger received her B.S. in meteorology from Metro State University of Denver, M.S. in meteorology from Florida State University, and her Ph.D. in atmospheric science from Colorado State University. Her research interests are focused on Colorado’s climate variability, climate extremes, and drought.