Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Alaska Erosion

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. 

Oil and Gas Wells Contribute to Ozone Formation?

CIRES scientists study how oil and natural gas production on Colorado's Front Range contribute to the formation of ozone.

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. 

Melting Glacier Mystery

A CIRES and NASA study examines why many glaciers in the Alps abruptly retreated around 1860, although temperatures at the time were relatively cool.

Bark Beetles and Water

Across North America, mountain pine beetles are infecting and killing forests. CIRES scientists study this outbreak's effects on water resources. 

Terrestrial to Celestial: Earth's impact on the ionosphere

CIRES scientists have found that space weather events don't just come from the sun––they are also caused by terrestrial weather's effect on the ionosphere.  

Unfrozen: Understanding the Arctic's influence on extreme weather.

CIRES scientists investigate how Arctic sea ice loss affects the jet stream, looking for physical links between Arctic sea ice patterns, the jet stream and atmospheric blocking.

Time history of atmospheric carbon dioxide, by CIRES & NOAA

A quick animation from CIRES and NOAA showing the time history of atmospheric carbon dioxide.


Significant Discrepancies: Greater leaks from oil and gas operations than expected

During two days of intensive airborne measurements, CIRES scientists found that oil and gas operations in Colorado's Front Range leaked much more methane and benzene than predicted estimates. 

Bright Lights in the Bakken

CIRES and NOAA scientists are flying over and around the oil-rich Bakken formation in western North Dakota in order to quantifying chemical emissions from the area.