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IRP Proposals Accepted February 11 - March 25

IRP Proposals Accepted February 11 - March 25

The CIRES Innovative Research Program will begin accepting applications February 11; all materials are due March 25 through this InsideCIRES link.

The IRP is designed to stimulate a creative research environment within CIRES and to encourage synergy between disciplines and research colleagues. The intent is to support small research efforts that can quickly provide concept viability or rule out further consideration. The program encourages novel, unconventional or fundamental research that might otherwise be difficult to fund. Funded projects are inventive, sometimes opportunistic, and do not necessarily have an immediate practical application or guarantee of success. This program supports pilot or exploratory studies, which may provide rapid results. Activities are not tightly restricted and can range from instrument development, lab testing, and field observations to model development, evaluation, and application.


Monday, February 11, 2019 to Monday, March 25, 2019
2019 (All day)




2019-02-11 to 2019-03-25
Cryospheric and Polar Processes Seminar

Cryospheric and Polar Processes Seminar

Advancing Water Supply Forecasts in the Colorado River Basin for Improved Decision Making by Paul Micheletty, Research Hydrologist at RTI International

Abstract:  Water supply forecasting in the western United States is inextricably linked to snowmelt processes, as approximately 70-85% of total annual runoff comes from water stored in seasonal mountain snowpacks. Snowmelt-generated streamflow is vital to a variety of downstream uses; the Upper Colorado River Basin (UCRB) alone provides water supply for 25 million people, irrigation water for 3.5 million acres, and drives hydropower generation at Lake Powell. April-July water supply forecasts produced by the National Weather Service (NWS) Colorado Basin River Forecast Center (CBRFC) are critical to basin water management. The primary objective of this project as part of the NASA Water Resources Applied Science Program, is to improve water supply forecasting for the UCRB by assimilating satellite and ground snowpack observations into distributed hydrologic models. In addition, we are working with stakeholders Denver Water and the Dolores Water Conservancy District to demonstrate how the probabilistic ensemble forecast information can be used to improve water management decision making.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
2019 - 11:00 to 12:00




  • CIRES employees
  • CU Boulder employees
  • General Public
  • NOAA employees
  • Science collaborators
  • Open to Public


Mistia Zuckerman


NSIDC, RL-2, Room 155/153
Addressing Bias in Professional relationships: From the office to the field

Addressing Bias in Professional relationships: From the office to the field

Have you ever heard a comment from a colleague that is based in some underlying assumption about your or another colleague's ability? Need advice on how to handle a situation like this in your office/lab or in field? Join CGA for a discussion with a panel of distinguished guests who will share valuable insights on bias and discrimination. Learn about the different approaches you can take based on what kind of position you hold in your career and help us open up this discussion further with your insightful questions!

Dr. Susan Sullivan, CIRES
Susan Sullivan is the Director of the Diversity and Inclusion program at CIRES.  Her role includes recruiting a broad talent pool and supporting an inclusive workplace culture at CIRES where all can thrive in their chosen career path. 

Dr. Kristy Tiampo, CIRES
Dr. Kristy Tiampo is the Director of the Earth Science and Observation Center in CIRES and a Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. She obtained her PhD in Geophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, after practicing as a construction engineer for the US Army Corps of Engineers for almost 10 years. At EOSC, her focus has expanded to the development of interdisciplinary initiatives into a wider variety of natural hazards and techniques, with the goal of fostering new remote sensing initiatives with resident and affiliated researchers. 

Dr. Hazel Bain, CIRES
Dr. Hazel Bain is a CIRES Research Scientist based at NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center. She has a strong interest in increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM because she believes that everyone should have the opportunity to be present, to be heard, and to be treated fairly. Biases, both explicit and implicit, often stand in the way of this. Implicit biases, in particular, are something that we all have and need to be aware of in order to reduce their impacts. She recently convened a panel on implicit bias at the AGU Fall meeting in order to connect experts in this field with our scientific community, with the goal of furthering our communities awareness of implicit biases

Dr. Chelsea Thompson, Scientific Aviation
Dr. Thompson is an atmospheric chemist who, until recently, was a CIRES researcher in the NOAA Chemical Sciences Division. She is an experienced field scientist, having worked at various ground sites including the Alaskan Arctic and the oil and gas fields of Utah, and flown on large-scale airborne missions with NOAA and NASA. Chelsea is now a recovering academic working in business development at Scientific Aviation, a private airborne measurements company based locally in Boulder.

Recording of panel:


Wednesday, March 20, 2019
2019 - 14:00


  • CGA


  • CIRES employees


  • Training