At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research In Environmental Sciences, hundreds of environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences.
Greenland's "Sponge" Affected By Climate Change
A new study of snow and ice layers high on the Greenland ice sheet shows that recent atmospheric warming is changing the ability of these layers - called firn - to store meltwater, which can result in a faster release of runoff from the ice sheet.
Dust on Snow: Then and Now
CIRES scientists at the Western Water Assessment study the effect that dust emissions have on Colorado's snow pack and on the Colorado River.
CIRES 45th Anniversary
CIRES has been a leader in Earth science research for the past 45 years. Check out this retrospective video featuring three former CIRES directors.
Alaska's northern coastline is eroding at rates as high as 30 meters (100 feet) per year. This time-lapse video shows that incredible erosion process between June 26 and July 27, 2008.
Science In Flight
Scientists from CIRES and NOAA and colleagues from dozens of other institutions took a detailed look at the natural and manmade emissions that affect air quality in the Southeast.