Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences



World’s Shallowest Slow-Motion Earthquakes Detected Offshore of New Zealand
May 05, 2016

Research published in the May 6 edition of Science indicates that slow-motion earthquakes or “slow-slip events” can rupture the shallow portion of a fault that also moves in large, tsunami-generating earthquakes. The finding has important implications for assessing tsunami hazards. The discovery was made by conducting the first-ever detailed investigation of centimeter-level seafloor movement at an offshore subduction zone.

Making The Instruments That Help Make The Science
May 04, 2016

The Integrated Instrument Development Facility (IIDF) may be in the basement of the CIRES building, but there’s a whole world of invention and innovation happening down there as a group of instrument designers, glass blowers, electronics experts and machinists design, build and test scientific instruments for CIRES, the chemistry department and the wider CU-Boulder community. 

Will Droughts Turn the Amazon into a Giant Source of Carbon Emissions?
April 27, 2016

As climate change increases temperatures and alters rainfall patterns across South America, will Amazonian rainforests shift from a carbon sponge to a carbon source?