Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

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At CIRES, a partnership of NOAA and CU Boulder, hundreds of environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people's relationship with the planet.

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CIRES scientists strive to understand the Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet

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We bring research out of the lab and into the community

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Our science reaches from the bottom of the ocean to the surface of the sun

2019-2020 Highlights

Frozen in the Arctic: In their words // Flying drones at the North Pole // ‘Travel’ with the team

Where there’s smoke, there’s science: Learn to live with wildfire // Chasing smoke // More fires, cooler fires

Features: Not thinking clearly in 2100 // Machine learning for solar forecasts // ‘Promiscuous’ enzymes // Moss, mental health and microbes

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