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


World Magnetic Model 2020 Released
December 10, 2019

The latest version of the World Magnetic Model (WMM), one of the key tools developed to model the change in Earth's magnetic field, has been released. Developed by NCEI and the British Geological Survey, with support from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), the WMM is a representation of the planet’s magnetic field that gives compasses dependable accuracy.

Detecting Solar Flares, More in Real Time
December 03, 2019

Computers can learn to find solar flares and other events in vast streams of solar images and help NOAA forecasters issue timely alerts, according to a new study. The machine-learning technique, developed by scientists at CIRES and NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), searches massive amounts of satellite data to pick out features significant for space weather. Changing conditions on the Sun and in space can affect various technologies on Earth, blocking radio communications, damaging power grids and diminishing navigation system accuracy. 

The First Big Storm
November 25, 2019

A powerful winter storm swept over the German RV Polarstern icebreaker earlier this month, tearing new cracks in the ice floe ne