Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences



Stone Walls, Railway Lines and Carbon Fibers Record Turkey's Westward Drift
October 25, 2016

In February 1944, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake shook a sparsely populated region of central Anatolia in Turkey. Within hours, the steel rails of the Ankara-Istanbul railroad began to distort. By the next day, they had been misaligned by more than 13 feet as a result of slip on the North Anatolian Fault, a fault with many similarities to the San Andreas Fault in California. But despite decades of observation, the history of the fault and its movements haven’t added up. Now, a new study from CIRES’ Roger Bilham and Dave Mencin working with Turkish scientists sets that history straight and shows how the incremental activity along this fault may provide insight into future, larger seismic events.

The "Fingerprint" of Feedlots
October 07, 2016

Gathering accurate, big-picture information on emissions from concentrated animal feedlot operations (CAFOs) is no easy task.

Study Finds Fossil Fuel Methane Emissions Greater than Previously Estimated
October 05, 2016

Methane emissions from fossil fuel development around the world are up to 60 percent greater than estimated by previous studies, according to new research led by scientists from CIRES and NOAA.