Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is a cooperative institute between NOAA and the University of Colorado that was founded in 1967. The Institute conducts research in Earth system science, which includes environmental chemistry and biology, atmospheric and climate dynamics, cryosphere (areas of snow and ice) and polar processes, and the solar-terrestrial environment. Research topics range from glacial melting and rising sea levels to hurricane forecasting. CIRES brings together government and university researchers, post docs, and students from eight university departments and several NOAA laboratories in an array of scientific collaborations and interdisciplinary research. The institute is associated with finding the hole in the ozone and being among the first to detect the disintegration of Antarctic ice shelves.
CIRES has, in recent years, increasingly aligned its research along scientific themes, rather than organizational structures, to foster a more interdisciplinary approach. These themes are:
CIRES is comprised of five centers that work on separate areas of research:
CIRES also has a strong commitment to science education. It offers programs for K-12 schools and districts, as well as classroom and prospective teacher professional development.
In May 2008, CIRES' National Snow and Ice Data Center was awarded a five-year $32 million contract by NASA to continue the Snow and Ice Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The DAAC provides data and services related to sea ice, ice shelves, ice sheets, snow cover, and more.
The CIRES/Chemistry Integrated Instrument Development Facility consists of design, precision machine, electronics, and scientific glassblowing shops dedicated to the design and fabrication of scientific instrumentation. IIDF specializes in complete instrument development, from theory to testing. http://cires.colorado.edu/iidf/
Products, Patents, and Commercialization: http://cires.colorado.edu/science/products/