The AGU Front Range Branch held its annual meeting on February 10, 1992, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. The theme of the meeting was “Our Changing Environment,” with specific emphasis on the Rocky Mountains, the Front Range, the High Plains, and the Great Basin environments.
The all-day meeting featured twenty oral presentations and five poster presentations. Most of the topics presented were related to environmental issues such as ozone depletion, emergency response applications at the Rocky Flats Plant, climatic forcing, and hydrogeology. Other papers of interest included a geophysical study of the Sand Dunes National Monument in Colorado, a paper on the impact of the 1988 forest fires on the chemistry of nonthermal groundwater at Yellowstone National Park, and a poster on the soil-gas flux of carbon dioxide from nonventing areas of the Kilauea Summit in Hawaii. A poster and an oral presentation centered on the vulnerability of transportation and energy supply networks in the central United States to earthquakes in the New Madrid seismic zone. The field of space science was represented by two posters on recent geomagnetic behaviors and magnetospheric convection and an oral presentation on plasma density in the Earth's magnetosphere. Three Front Range Branch awards were given to students to recognize excellent presentations.