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University of Colorado, Boulder
216 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
(303) 492-1143

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Research Themes

  • Air Quality in a Changing Climate – measuring air pollutants such as greenhouse gases, reactive gases, and aerosols that may be hazardous to humans, to predict air quality conditions, and supporting efforts to reduce risk arising from poor air quality
  • Climate Forcing, Feedbacks, and Analysis – conducting studies of climate forcing by aerosols and radiatively active gases that may be influenced by human activity, of sea surface temperatures that affect climate, and of human induced and natural processes that explain climate variability
  • Earth Systems Dynamics, Variability, and Change – improving models that predict variability of climate, the study of processes that explain climate variability, measuring and analyzing moisture in the atmosphere and on the Earth’s surface, and factors that affect global sea ice
  • Management and Exploitation of Geophysical Data – enhancing data management and improving data access related to space weather, climate, coastal geophysical conditions, remote sensing of anthropogenic activities, and the historical and current status of polar ice cover
  • Regional Sciences and Applications – developing models and implementing mechanisms for applying knowledge of climate at regional scales with emphasis on extreme events and developing new methods for conveying this information to managers, planners, and the public
  • Scientific Outreach and Education – expanding environmental databases and information for delivery to the general public as well as K-12 and postsecondary education communities, including minority populations
  • Space Weather Understanding and Prediction – making detailed observations of space weather, preserving and managing current and historical databases on space weather in support of space weather prediction, and studying model physical and chemical mechanisms that affect space weather
  • Stratospheric Processes and Trends -measurement of atmospheric constituents that influence ozone in the upper atmosphere, collection of new data on the upper atmosphere, and improvement of models that make predictions for the upper atmosphere
  • Systems and Prediction Models Development – improving models that predict precipitation as well as extreme weather events including hurricanes and aviation hazards and developing high performance computing systems that support improved forecasting

Award Details

 First 5-Year AwardSecond 5-Year Award
Award NumberNA12OAR4320137*NA17OAR4320101^
Award PeriodSeptember 1, 2012 –
August 31, 2017
September 1, 2017 –
August 31, 2022
Award Amount$160,000,000$206,000,000
Research Performance
Progress Reports
September 2012 – May 2013
June 2013 – May 2014
June 2014 – May 2015
June 2015 – May 2016
June 2016 – May 2017
July 2017 – June 2018
Final Report

September 2017 – May 2018
June 2018 – May 2019
June 2019 – May 2020
June 2020 – May 2021
June 2021 – May 2022
June 2022 – May 2023

CI Review by
Science Advisory Board
December 2016 

* CIRES received a no-cost extension through December 30, 2018.
^ CIRES received a no-cost extension through October 1, 2023.