At CIRES, a partnership of NOAA and CU Boulder, hundreds of environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet.
Science in Service to Society
At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research In Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including peopleâ€™s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earthâ€™s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.
To conduct innovative research that advances our understanding of the global, regional, and local environments and the human relationship with those environments, for the benefit of society.
An unprecedented 40-year experiment in a 40,000-acre valley of Yosemite National Park strongly supports the idea that managing fire, rather than suppressing it, makes wilderness areas more resilient to fire, with the added benefit of increased water availability and resistance to drought.
The high incidence of armed conflicts in biodiverse regions poses significant challenges in achieving international conservation targets. Because attitudes towards risk vary, we assessed different strategies for protected area planning that reflected alternative attitudes towards the risk of armed conflicts. We find that ignoring conflict risk will deliver the lowest return on investment. Opting to completely avoid conflict-prone areas offers limited improvements and could lead to species receiving no protection. Accounting for conflict by protecting additional areas to offset the impacts of armed conflicts would not only increase the return on investment (an effect that is enhanced when high-risk areas are excluded) but also increase upfront conservation costs. Our results also demonstrate that fine-scale estimations of conflict risk could enhance the cost-effectiveness of investments. We conclude that achieving biodiversity targets in volatile regions will require greater initial investment and benefit from fine-resolution estimates of conflict risk.
Every day, people at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are changing the world for the better. One scientist . . . connecting with other scientists . . . dedicating their lifeâ€™s work to unraveling complex challenges in energy, the environment and national security. We are the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s (DOE’s) premier chemistry, environmental science and data analytics national laboratory.
For 50 years we have applied our expertise in these and other science areas to ensure we all breathe cleaner air, travel more safely through airports, drive more efficient automobiles and much more. Far into the future our researchers will continue to push the boundaries of science and advance innovations that will continue to improve billions of lives.
BER advances world-class biological and environmental research programs and scientific user facilities to support DOEâ€™s energy, environment, and basic research missions.
The Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program supports fundamental research and scientific user facilities to address diverse and critical global challenges. The program seeks to understand how genomic information is translated to functional capabilities, enabling more confident redesign of microbes and plants for sustainable biofuel production, improved carbon storage, or contaminant bioremediation. BER research advances understanding of the roles of Earthâ€™s biogeochemical systems (the atmosphere, land, oceans, sea ice, and subsurface) in determining climate so we can predict climate decades or centuries into the future, information needed to plan for future energy and resource needs. Solutions to these challenges are driven by a foundation of scientific knowledge and inquiry in atmospheric chemistry and physics, ecology, biology, and biogeochemistry.
EMSLâ€™s mission as a national scientific user facility is to lead molecular-level discoveries for the Department of Energy and its Office of Biological and Environmental Research that translate to predictive understanding and accelerated solutions for national energy and environmental challenges.
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is one of 10 Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Laboratories and is operated by Stanford University on behalf of the DOE. As the primary contact for the media, local community and the general public, SLAC’s Office of Communications highlights the work of the national laboratory in the form of news releases and articles, multimedia content and more.
BioResources (ISSN: 1930-2126) is a peer-reviewed online journal devoted to the science and engineering of lignocellulosic materials, chemicals, and their applications for new uses and new capabilities.
This page provides a collection of general resources including websites, PowerPoint presentations, teaching activities, data sets, and other useful materials for creating or enhancing courses related to microbiology and extreme environments. These materials can be used to support lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and class projects and activities. By narrowing the view, you may define and refine your search according to topics of your special interest.
# Focuses on high priority R&D needs – civil works, military, and work for others
# Encompasses wide-ranging science and technology issues:
* Genetics to landscapes
* Contaminants to invasive species
* Molecular ecology to human dimensions
# Experimental research in the lab and in the field
# Technology development – innovations and applications