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


Satellites reveal widespread decline in global lake water storage
May 18, 2023

More than 50 percent of the largest lakes in the world are losing water, according to a groundbreaking new assessment published today in Science. The key culprits are not surprising: warming climate and unsustainable human consumption.

Students, Teachers Puzzle Out the Story Behind Megafires
May 02, 2023

Wildland fires are becoming bigger and more frequent in the United States, impacting more people and communities than ever before. After a devastating 2020 Colorado wildfire season, which included the three largest-recorded fires in state history, educators from CIRES and CU Boulder collaborated with teachers and scientists to develop an innovative lesson that addresses the science behind large, destructive fires. 

Machine learning helps scientists identify the environmental preferences of microbes
April 28, 2023

Researchers have figured out a way to predict bacteria’s environmental pH preferences from a quick look at their genomes, using machine learning. Led by experts at CU Boulder, the new approach promises to help guide ecological restoration efforts, agriculture, and even the development of health-related probiotics.