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CIRES: Science in Service to Society


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.


To conduct innovative research that advances our understanding of the global, regional, and local environments and the human relationship with those environments, for the benefit of society. 

CIRES is a world leader in environmental research.


CIRES is NOAA’s oldest cooperative institute and CU-Boulder’s biggest. Read more about our partnerships and our history.


CIRES funds about 10 innovative research projects annually and hosts visiting scientists in programs designed to stimulate excellent and innovative science.

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