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Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites

The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS-M) is a multi-institution partnership led by the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP)  that 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 changeThe institute’s research themes are:

Theme 1: Climate and Satellite Research and Applications - incorporates the development of new observing systems, or new climate observables from current systems. 

Theme 2: Climate and Satellite Observations and Monitoring - focuses on: (a) development and improvement of climate observables from current systems, and (b) development of all continental and global fields of climate parameters that can be used for climate analysis and climate model initialization. 

Theme 3: Climate Research and Modeling - the research component that brings together (a) climate observables, modeling and validation in a comprehensive integrated whole, and (b) observational products with model development efforts to enable research into the improvement of forecasts of climate system variability on space scales ranging from regional to global, and time scales from a week or two to centuries.

Estimation of downward short wave
radiation (Source: Dr. R. Pinker)

5825 University Research Court, Suite 4001 M Square Building University of Maryland College Park, MD 20740

Dr. Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm, Director

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The NOAA Cooperative Institutes are academic and non-profit research institutions that demonstrate the highest level of performance and conduct research that supports NOAA's Mission Goals and Strategic Plan. 

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