INSTAAR facilitates interdisciplinary research in high-altitude and high-latitude regions of the world, to define and understand linkages within the coupled earth-system. We investigate how sensitive or high-energy environments affect, and are affected by, natural and human-induced processes on the local, regional, and global scales. Our research activities result in significant impacts at the state, national, and international levels. Our interdisciplinary scientists integrate this understanding into the educational fabric of the University of Colorado.
INSTAAR is comprised of faculty, classified staff, professional research assistants, research scientists, graduate students, student assistants (undergraduates), professional exempt, and research affiliates.