Members of INSTAAR, the University of Maryland and TOFWERK group photo in a hangar

Hunting for emissions thousands of feet up

Oct. 27, 2021

Recent scientific flights above the Front Range will help scientists and policymakers cut unnecessary emissions, reduce greenhouse gases and help local residents breathe better.

Scientists on a Greenland ice sheet (Photo by Jason Gulley, July 2020)

Got questions about the Arctic? INSTAAR’s journal has ‘Arctic answers’

Oct. 18, 2021

INSTAAR’S open access journal “Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research” now offers Arctic Answers, science briefs to help everyone understand how climate change in the Arctic affects the Earth.

A mostly dry river bed in the Rocky Mountains

As climate resilience moves to forefront for Intermountain West, new leader takes reins

Oct. 15, 2021

Ben Livneh, CIRES fellow and assistant professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering, is adding a new title to his resume: director of Western Water Assessment.

An aerial image of polar sea ice

Scientists studying polar ice melt receive $13 million

Oct. 1, 2021

With National Science Foundation funding, CU Boulder is joining an interdisciplinary team of researchers aiming to understand the future of imperiled regions of the world.

A view of a path leading up to the Flatirons

Grant funds climate resilience in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming

Sept. 27, 2021

NOAA has awarded more than $5 million to the CU Boulder-based Western Water Assessment to advance climate resilience in Intermountain West communities facing low river flows, wildfires, heat, drought and major economic transitions.

Two students checking the temperature and pressure settings for a rooftop HVAC unit in the Larson Laboratory (Photo via CU Boulder)

Major research center for green building technology launches at CU Boulder

Sept. 24, 2021

A major research center for sustainable building technology, the Building Energy Smart Technologies (BEST) Center, is a new five-year, multiple-university initiative funded by the National Science Foundation.

The Apple Fire burns north of Beaumont, California in July 2020. (Photo: Brody Hessin via Wikimedia Commons)

New report shows links between air quality, climate change

Sept. 15, 2021

Human-caused emissions of air pollutants fell during last year’s COVID-19 economic slowdowns, improving air quality in some parts of the world, while wildfires and sand and dust storms in 2020 worsened air quality in other places, according to a new report with CIRES co-authors.

A sunset over a city

State of the Climate Report confirms 2020 among 3 warmest years on record

Aug. 31, 2021

A new report on the global climate confirmed 2020 was among the three warmest years in records dating to the mid-1800s, despite a cooling La Niña influence in the second half of the year. Several CIRES/CU Boulder experts contributed to the report.

A view of the Fourmile Canyon Fire burning west of Boulder in 2010.

CU Boulder receives $1.1 million in EPA grants to reduce public exposure to wildland fire smoke

Aug. 23, 2021

Researchers have been awarded $1.1 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for two projects to help school districts and communities reduce exposure to harmful pollution from wildland fire smoke.

A panorama of the Grand Canyon

Geologists dig into Grand Canyon’s mysterious gap in time

Aug. 23, 2021

Hundreds of millions of years' worth of rocks have gone missing from the Grand Canyon's geologic record. Geologists are trying to discover why.