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

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At CIRES, a partnership of NOAA and CU Boulder, hundreds of environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people's relationship with the planet.

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Our science reaches from the bottom of the ocean to the surface of the sun

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We bring research out of the lab and into the community

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CIRES scientists strive to understand the Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet

Water, Water, Everywhere...

Water cycles through our seas and skies. It carves out rock, nourishes plant and animal life, influences myriad aspects of our environment. So we're devoting this issue of Spheres to water in all its forms, and the research our scientists are doing on this most essential resource.

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