CIRES 2012 Annual Report NOAA Cooperative Agreement #NA10OAR4320142
William M. Lewis, Jr, Interim Director
Kristen Averyt, Associate Director for Science
Full 160-page Report (PDF, 15.5 MB)
24-page Executive Summary Report (PDF, 5.8 MB)
ePub of the Executive Summary Report (ePub, 9.7 MB)
The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) was established in 1967 to facilitate collaboration between the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). CIRES’s original and continuing purpose is to support NOAA goals by facilitating interdisciplinary studies that crosscut traditional scientific fields and transcend the many facets of environmental research. CIRES fosters interdisciplinary science through five centers—the National Snow and Ice Data Center, the Center for Limnology, the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, the Climate Diagnostics Center, and the Earth Science and Observation Center. Such interdisciplinary combinations provide unique opportunities for discovery and for application of knowledge to meet societal needs. The work of the CIRES enterprise strengthens the scientific foundation upon which NOAA’s many services depend, and allows coordinated studies on a scale that could not be addressed by university research units or by NOAA alone.