At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research In Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.


How to Park a Ship in Ice

By CIRES 2019-09-27 19:55:00

Loaded with research equipment and international scientists, the icebreaker RV Polarstern is steaming towards the central Arctic, searching for the perfect parking spot next to an ice floe. The Polarstern with an aurora above, September 21, 2019 (image courtesy S. Hendricks / AWI) This patch of ice is the star of the show: it’s where hundreds of scientists will live and work for 13 months as part of the Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study...

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