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

News

Arctic communities planning for abrupt permafrost thaw
October 22, 2020

A new INSTAAR-led project with CIRES coauthors will engage Indigenous and Western knowledge systems to better understand abrupt permafros

Snow Projections Developed to Inform Wolverine Conservation
October 13, 2020

The rapid rise of temperatures across the western United States poses a threat to snow-adapted plants and animals living there, but a key question has not been well resolved by climate models: How long--and where--will mountain snows remain? 

A new, fine-scale modeling approach developed by NOAA and CIRES scientists now projects that there will still be enough high-elevation snow by the middle of the 21st Century to support--according to federal biologists--the denning habits of one iconic North American mountain-dweller, the wolverine. 

Epic Arctic Mission Ends
October 12, 2020

For nearly 12 months, as the German icebreaker Polarstern drifted with Arctic sea ice, scientists onboard collected petabytes of data des