ice core laboratory

A summer job in sub-zero temperatures

Aug. 15, 2017

This summer, undergraduates have been working in deep freeze conditions, cutting up ice cores to analyze ancient climate information.

a photo of a shovel in dirt

Soil doesn't forget

Aug. 8, 2017

Conditions thousands of years ago can leave a lasting mark on present-day soil microbes, new research finds.

a glacial valley near the McMurdo Dry Valleys field site in Antarctica.

Tracking decade-long changes in an Antarctic polar desert

Aug. 7, 2017

An abnormal season of intense glacial melt in 2002 triggered multiple distinct changes in the physical and biological characteristics of Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys over the ensuing decade.

a pair of black guillemot birds

Alaska's North Slope snow-free season is lengthening

Aug. 3, 2017

On the North Slope of Alaska, snow is melting earlier in the spring, and the snow-in date is happening later in the fall, according to a new study by CIRES and NOAA researchers.

an African bushbaby in a blanket

Studying an elusive South African primate

Aug. 1, 2017

Michelle Sauther is using high-tech thermal imaging cameras to study the iconic African bushbaby and how challenging environments impact primates.

death valley

An inevitable warm-up for Earth

July 31, 2017

Even if humans could instantly turn off all greenhouse gas emissions, Earth would continue to heat up about two more degrees Fahrenheit by the turn of the century, according to new research.

Pilot Dan Hesseliusl with drone aircraft

'Project Drought' taps drones to measure water moisture at Colorado farm

July 28, 2017

CU Boulder engineers, scientists and students are teaming up with Black Swift Technologies to use unmanned aircraft to measure water moisture at a test irrigation farm in Yuma, Colorado.

an illustration of cloud cover over Earth

A closer look at clouds

July 26, 2017

CIRES scientist's innovative framework could improve the way weather and climate models represent the detail needed to make thin, layered clouds behave realistically.

air quality monitoring equipment set up at Boulder Reservoir

Tracking Boulder's air quality in real time

July 21, 2017

An automated emissions monitoring system at Boulder Reservoir tracks methane and other harmful atmospheric gases in real time. Read more, listen to the podcast or watch the video.

a research drone

Earth Lab joins CIRES

July 5, 2017

Beginning July 1, Earth Lab will become part of CIRES, a longstanding leader in Earth system research.