NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) & CIRES Collaboration

CIRES is  a NOAA Cooperative InstituteCIRES is a NOAA Cooperative Institute -- a partnership between a university research organization and NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). CIRES research is guided and sustained by a Cooperative Agreement, reviewed every five years and funded by Congress through NOAA. The dynamic and ongoing interactions between CIRES and NOAA research laboratories are key to the purpose and success of both.


Beginning in the 1960's, based on successful collaborative research between the University of Colorado and NOAA labs in Boulder, OAR initiated the Joint Institutes program by establishing the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado. Since then, 22 other OAR Cooperative Institutes have joined the NOAA research network. Through NOAA's academic partners, scientists, engineers, technicians, and graduate students participate in furthering knowledge of natural phenomena and environmental processes.

Partnership Payoffs

Greenland ResearchersThe CIRES-NOAA partnership fosters a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to the complex problems facing our nation's decision makers. Implementing truly integrated research requires a unique combination of leadership, scientific expertise, and necessary infrastructure. CIRES and NOAA have been creating these relationships for decades.

CIRES cooperative research efforts with OAR are centered in the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory. CIRES also supports research conducted with other NOAA line offices: The Space Weather Prediction Center in the National Weather Service, the National Geophysical Data Center, and NOAA Paleoclimatology in the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service. CIRES' Western Water Assessment is supported by NOAA's Climate Program Office.

An integrated scientific workplan supports these synergistic interconnections.