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


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A view of Colorado's Front Range from a balloon launch. CIRES Administration News

CIRES administration staff regularly posts important, non-confidential information here. If there's an administrative issue you’d like to understand better, please let the CIRES communications team know. These updates also post to InsideCIRES (requires login).

Photo of the volano Ojos del Salado. Life on Earth's Highest Volcano

A team from CU Boulder, CIRES and LASP is on an expedition to summit the tallest active volcano on earth, Ojos del Salado (22,615’), to search for microbial life there. The researchers aim to characterize any microbial communities in a variety of ecosystems to help inform the search for life beyond Earth.

A composite photograph of an ozonesonde (balloon) launching in to the pre-dawn sky at the South Pole. South Pole Ozone

Each year starting in September, CIRES and NOAA researchers in NOAA's Global Monitoring Laboratory blog about the ozone depletion season, as the sun rises over the horizon at the South Pole and—sparked by that sunlight—ozone depletion begins. Check out the blog for the latest updates on this year's ozone hole.