CIRES Administration  (IT, Finance, HR, Communications, Events, Facilities, Director’s Office) regularly posts important, non-confidential information to this blog. Important updates will also appear on the right column in InsideCIRES (requires login).… Read More


photo of the Ojos del Salado volcano against a blue sky

A team from CU Boulder, CIRES and LASP sets off on an expedition to summit the tallest active volcano on earth, Ojos del Salado (22,615’)—to be the first science team to search for microbial life there. The environment possesses many challenges to life that are also present on past or present Mars and Jupiter’s moon… Read More


Each year starting in September, CIRES and NOAA researchers in NOAA’s Global Monitoring Laboratory blog about the ozone depletion season, as the sun rises over the horizon at the South Pole and—sparked by that sunlight—ozone depletion begins. Our researchers are critical in the international effort to understand the South Pole’s seasonal “ozone hole” and to anticipate its future.… Read More


open crack in sea ice, science equipment on top

From 2019-2020, CIRES researchers participated in MOSAiC, an international research expedition to study the physical, chemical, and biological processes that couple the Arctic atmosphere, sea ice, ocean, and ecosystem. Check out this blog about their experiences on the RV Polarstern icebreaker, frozen into Arctic sea ice and drifting with it for a full year.… Read More