The Climate Innovation Collaboratory
Climate change is exacerbating and accelerating environmental damage and economic stress globally with profound impacts on human health and well-being. The Climate Innovation Collaboratory at the University of Colorado Boulder can translate research into action to improve global resilience.
With over five decades of recognized strength in the climate sciences arena, CU Boulder is a powerhouse of research and proven interdisciplinary approaches in this critical field. The Collaboratory brings together the power of CU Boulder climate and environment science and data analytics to address pressing global challenges.
5 Nobel laureates
#2 in geosciences globally (U.S. News & World Report)
A worldwide hub for climate-related research and innovation
Long-standing partnerships with closely located federal labs (NOAA, NREL, NIST, more)
#1 public university in NASA expenditures annually
Translating Research Into Action
The Climate Innovation Collaboratory envisions the alignment of multiple research centers, the creation of support structures for existing faculty, and the hiring and support of new faculty positions over the next decade at CU Boulder to position the university as a leader in the mobilization of technology and policy to address imperative global challenges at the interface of society and environment.
The Collaboratory aims to:
- Develop new campus-level support for critical investigation of interactions among socio-cultural, physical and ecological systems
- Create an environment for research innovation and technology transfer on campus
- Translate research into action with global impact
- Facilitate CU Boulder’s innovation pipeline and workforce development efforts to build a more resilient global environment in the 21st century
The Collaboratory proposes to support existing CU Boulder research institutes and centers in:
- Coordination of engagement, communication and response to external opportunities
- Developing an integrated suite of professional development opportunities
- Providing bootcamps in Team Science
- Leading complex and often interdisciplinary efforts
Additionally, we envision a number of initiatives that the Climate Innovation Collaboratory could lead or co-develop with partners, such as:
- RiverWare®: River system modeling platform for operational decision making, responsive forecasting, policy development and evaluation, system optimization, water accounting, water rights administration, long-term resource planning, stakeholder involvement, and negotiation and collaborative decision making
- Resilience Frontiers Incubator: Moving resilience technologies from public and private research laboratories into real-world digital-enabled applications
- Soil Health and Carbon Sequestration: Developing new hardware and analytical technology for the monitoring and validation of soil carbon sequestration in agricultural fields
- Earth Lab Data Services: Earth Lab has developed the WKID Innovation framework that facilitates co-production to define information of value to decision-making
- Development Resilience Impact Platform: Bridges across the water and agricultural sectors using a mix of on-the-ground and remote data systems to create an improved, integrated approach to water resource management for livestock and cropping systems in rural areas within developing economies
By effectively integrating these efforts under a single identifiable umbrella, the Climate Innovation Collaboratory has the potential to create an apparatus that has eluded universities across the country for the last decades: namely, the establishment of a stable pathway that effectively supports the research enterprise in the translation of their research for the global good.
Collaboratory Focus Areas
Earth Science Data and Synthesis Supporting Decision-Making
- Earth Lab
- Center for Advanced Decision Support for Water & Environmental Systems (CADSWES)
- International Research Center for Energy and Economic Development (ICEED)
- Western Water Assessment (a NOAA RISA Team)
- North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC, funded by USGS)
- Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
- Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research (INSTAAR)
Climate Equity and Environmental Justice
Policy and Communication
Built by CU Boulder and Deloitte
An alliance to apply innovative data science and climate research to the public sector’s activities, this relationship was initiated to expand government’s access to critical climate data science, data analytics and applied research, and to encourage the exchange of public information to help public sector clients deploy innovative climate solutions.
- Climate technology development, incubation, market demonstration and transfer
- Climate and sustainability science and risk assessment
- Decarbonization policies, technologies, and science expertise
- Climate equity and environmental justice
- Governance and strategy
- Thought leadership publications on climate resilience solutions
- Co-develop pitches and proposals
- Market identification, technology demonstration, commercialization for climate technologies including water, air, energy, agriculture applications
- Professional training and talent development
The Collaboratory is building a nationally competitive, convening body that will enable climate action with global, real-world impact through technology and market development.
Join us in this initiative with one of the world's powerhouses of climate research and expertise: Boulder, Colorado.