About Us

John Cassano and colleagues in the field

We look at how best to apply our research to serve society’s needs.

CIRES researchers explore all aspects of the earth system and search for ways to better understand how natural and human-made disturbances impact our dynamic planet. Our focus on innovation and collaboration has made us a world leader in interdisciplinary research and teaching. We’re committed to communicating our research in ways that help inform decision-makers and the public about how we can best ensure a sustainable future environment.

CIRES is . . .

  • The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
  • A joint institute of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Engaged in earth system research that spans six major divisions
  • Home to four research centers on the CU-Boulder campus
  • Inspired and directed by a diverse Council of Fellows
  • Committed to education and outreach at all levels
  • Host to more than 250 visiting research scientists since 1967
  • A research and learning environment like no other

Boulder Colorado: An unmatched research environment.

Flatirons Ridge behind CU Campus

In addition to providing a beautiful natural setting where CIRES researchers live and work, Boulder is home to many scientific agencies and research facilities. These include the National Center for Atmopsheric Research (NCAR), the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), and nearby, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). This robust scientific network provides rich opportunities for collaboration in the environmental sciences.