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America's Climate Choices: Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change

Climate change poses clear threats to human societies and natural ecosystems. The panel on Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change, part of the America's Climate Choices project, calls for the United States to respond to these threats by starting now to change the way we use and produce energy. In this video, several members of the panel discuss its conclusions, including a proposal for an emissions budget to guide U.S. policy as well as measures that might be taken to reach that budget's goals.

For community college students who study science, opportunities for fieldwork are rare. But one program in Boulder is trying to change this. Each summer, about a dozen students pair with mentors for a nine-week immersive experience studying science in all its forms. In July, CIRES Stephanie Maltarich spent the day with one of these students, who spent her summer catching and counting grasshoppers.

A community college student reflects on mentorship and field experience
Monday, September 25, 2023
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More than 50 policymakers, researchers, faculty, and graduate students participated in the first-ever Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) & Wildfire Workshop last week on CU Boulder’s campus. 

Christine Wiedinmyer, CIRES Associate Director of Science, and Fernando Rosario-Ortiz, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, hosted the event to share research and expertise from a variety of disciplines at CU Boulder. Wiedinmyer wants to highlight the university’s leadership in WUI and wildfire research. 

Experts from across disciplines share ideas for collaboration, continued excellence
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
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Ten years ago, when rain clouds rolled over the Flatirons, heavy rains that hit the Boulder and Colorado Front Range communities brought upon floods that caused damage and loss of life. An upper-level cut-off low-pressure system remained for five days, bringing record-breaking monsoon moisture and rainfall between 6 to 18 inches in many areas. The result was catastrophic, with thousands of homes destroyed, lives lost, people displaced, infrastructure damaged, and a staggering $3 billions in repair costs. Ten years later, we look back on this event's profound impact today.

CIRES Education and Outreach team reflects, works to build community resilience
Friday, September 15, 2023
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James Rattling Leaf, Sr. joins CIRES this month as the institute’s first-ever Tribal advisor, following six years of working as a tribal engagement specialist on various CIRES teams. The new position will help CIRES scientists and researchers build relationships with Tribes through projects, proposal writing, workshops, outreach, and training. 

The position strengthens CIRES’ commitment to working with Indigenous people
Tuesday, September 5, 2023
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For Naya O’Reilly (they/them), daily life in Madagascar this summer never looked the same. One morning began with Malagasy language lessons, followed by a bike taxi to a nearby village where they spent hours wading against the tide to measure the density and species of seagrass. The next day, they jumped on a research boat that took them out to sea to scuba dive to the ocean floor to study artificial coral reefs. 

CIRES Ph.D. student spent the summer studying sustainable oceans in Madagascar
Tuesday, August 29, 2023
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CIRES welcomes our newest fellow: Khosro Ghobadi-Far, a geodesy expert and assistant professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences. Ghobadi-Far applies his expertise in geodesy— the study of Earth's shape, orientation in space, and gravity to better understand geophysical hazards like tsunamis, as well as our planet's changing water cycle.

New researcher uses sophisticated satellite data to understand Earth’s evolving climate and water cycles
Tuesday, August 22, 2023
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CIRES is excited to welcome Becca Edwards (formerly Ciancanelli) as the new CIRES director of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Edwards comes to the position with deep roots at CU Boulder coupled with decades of experience in science and inclusive teaching. Most recently, she served as director of inclusive teaching practices at the University of Denver. 

The DEI professional brings a background in science and inclusive teaching
Monday, August 21, 2023
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Anyone working in U.S. grasslands—land managers, Tribal leaders, hunters, farmers, and ranchers—knows these ecosystems have been changing quickly. Increasing temperatures, drought, fire, altered wildlife migrations, and other impacts of climate change have taken a toll, leading to a future of uncertainty. 

CU Boulder-led project focuses on actionable science to address next steps
Monday, August 14, 2023
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