On July 1, 2017, Earth Lab became a part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES). Earth Lab is conducting innovative scientific research and training the next generation of earth scientists to use large, heterogeneous datasets to address key global change questions. A highly interdisciplinary and collaborative group, Earth Lab has forged relationships with over ten campus units, from Geography to Aerospace Engineering, as well as with industry partners, such as DigitalGlobe and Lockheed Martin. These partnerships have allowed Earth Lab to gain access to valuable environmental data, such as high-resolution satellite imagery. Researchers in Earth Lab use these datasets along with other, less conventional environmental datasets, such as government records or social media data, to examine global change with science projects focused on wildfire, forest dynamics, erosion, permafrost, drought risk and decision making, data harmonization, public health and extreme events. Earth Lab’s Analytics Hub provides cutting-edge analytics infrastructure and support to advance these projects, with expertise in the realms of statistics, software and tool development and reproducible science workflows. Earth Lab is also in the process of creating a professional master's program in Earth Data Analytics, with a professional certificate in Earth Data Analytics - Foundations launching in August 2018.
For more information about the Earth Lab / CIRES union, see the CIRES press release.