Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Research Groups

Research Groups

Studying the geophyics of the crust and upper mantle of the Earth and its relation to tectonic deformation.      

Seeking to gain insights on feedback dynamics between ecosystem structure and function, and the influence of disturbance on trajectories of ecosystem processes.

We explore advanced spectroscopy principles, develop new lidar technologies, and study the fundamental physical and chemical processes that govern the whole atmosphere.

Dr. Weatherhead is proud to share a number of awards including the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for her contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The Global Health Group of CIRES is led by Robert Sievers and Stephen Cape, with the participation of CIRES graduate students, David McAdams and J’aime Manion and an undergraduate, Nisha Shah.

I study the processes that shape the Earth's surface. 

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Earth-observing satellite data provide multi-scale perspectives on atmosphere-ocean systems in both global and regional contexts.

We work closely with scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR, also located in Boulder) in the development and analysis of global coupled climate models.

Our research group studies the meteorology and climate of both polar regions using regional climate models and numerical weather prediction models.

The measurement of the global tropospheric wind field would address one of the key unmet observational requirements for understanding and predicting the future state of the earth-atmosphere system.

Our research group focuses on physical hydrology research across multiple scales.

Research aimed at contributing to a better understanding of the Earth's complex atmosphere.

Researchers at CIRES' National Snow and Ice Data Center [About NSIDC] investigate the dynamics of Antarctic ice shelves.

Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder
Fellow, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
Ph.D., Geology (Seismology), 1970, Columbia University

The Pielke research group focuses on land-atmosphere interactions on the local, mesoscale, regional, and global scales. These interactions include biophysical, biogeochemical, and biogeographic effects.


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The Chase research group focuses on modeling and observational studies of the effects of the land surface and changing landcover (for example, deforestation, desertification, and irrigation) and their effects on regional and global climate. 


The Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy Laboratory (ATMOSpeclab) designs, assembles, and validates innovative optical spectroscopic instruments. We conduct in-situ and remote sensing measurements of atmospheric trace gases, radicals, and aerosol optical properties.