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Cooperative Institutes

The NOAA Cooperative Institutes (CIs) are a consortium of academic, non-profit research and community organizations that demonstrate the highest level of performance and conduct research that supports NOAA's Mission Goals and Strategic Plan. CIs have formal agreements to use Suomi NPP and JPSS data in research environments to identify and implement initiatives to improve the use of these data. In the process of performing research on data attributes and uses, these users may identify potential future applications for the data. These potential applications may then be evaluated by the NOAA Operational Users who define mission requirements for inclusion in future polar requirements. Beyond furthering research, CIs also help educate and train the next generation of NOAA’s and the nation’s scientific workforce by expanding their scientific expertise and technological understanding.

There are currently four NOAA CIs supporting JPSS activities. Information for each Institute follows the map below

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CICS logo The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS), with locations in College Park, MD and Asheville, NC, performs collaborative research aimed at enhancing NOAA's ability to use satellite observations and Earth System models to advance the national climate mission, including monitoring, understanding, predicting and communicating information on climate variability and change.
cimss logo The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) at the University of Wisconsin (UW) in Madison, WI fosters effective collaboration between NOAA, NASA and UW in atmospheric and Earth science through exploiting satellite technology and coordinating training of scientists and engineers in disciplines involved in the atmospheric and Earth sciences.
cira logo The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO serves NOAA in the areas of satellite remote sensing; science algorithm and application development; education and training; weather-climate processes; regional to global scale modeling systems; and data assimilation, and data distribution technology. CIRA research is building prototype products and developing training, based on the new sensor technology, to assure maximum exploitation of JPSS data.
crest logo The Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center (CREST) at the City University of New York (CUNY) focuses on all aspects of remote sensing - sensor development, satellite remote sensing, ground-based field measurements, data processing and analysis, modeling, and forecasting. The overarching goal of CREST is to conduct research consistent with NOAA’s interests of environmental assessment, prediction and environmental stewardship.