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


CIRES is home to four centers, which represent historic and current research foci. Our centers foster collaboration, facilitating partnerships between federal and academic entities. They also provide an identity and organizational structure for some of CIRES’ major research areas
Center for Microbial Exploration

To strengthen ongoing and future microbiome research, education, and outreach efforts at CU Boulder.

Earth Science and Observation Center

Advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth System based on innovative remote sensing research.

National Snow and Ice Data Center

NSIDC manages and distributes scientific data, creates tools for data access, supports data users, performs scientific research, and educates the public about the cryosphere.


North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

Generating the science to help resource managers in the North Central region adapt to a changing world.