Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Research Groups

Research Groups

Anne Sheehan Group, Image of a calm lake

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

Carol Wessman Group image of a green mountain pass

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

Chu Research Group Lidar being written with light

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

Elizabeth Weatherhead Group Wind Trubines

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.

Global Health Group Water dew forming on grass

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.

Greg Tucker Group a winding river

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

Hamlington-Milliff Group rendering of a satellite above earth

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

Jennifer Kay Group a polar bear in the snow

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.

John Cassano Group aircraft in the snow

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

Lidar Working Group city at dusk

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.

Livneh Research Group forest and mountains

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

Margaret Tolbert Group aurora

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

NSIDCSun rising above icy landscape

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

Peter Molnar Group blue sky above mountains

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

sun setting over ocean

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.



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. 


Airplane taking off

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.