Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences



CIRES is home to four centers, which represent historic and current research foci. Our centers foster collaboration, facilitating partnerships between federal and academic entities. They also provide an identity and organizational structure for some of CIRES’ major research areas
Center for Limnology

The Center for Limnology at CIRES is to promote research and teaching related to inland aquatic ecosystems, including lakes, streams, and wetlands.

Center for Science & Technology Policy Research

To serve as a resource for science and technology decision makers and those providing the education of future decision makers.

Earth Science and Observation Center

Advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth System based on innovative remote sensing research.

National Snow and Ice Data Center

Advancing knowledge of Earth's frozen regions.