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The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)


University of Wisconsin - Madison
1225 W. Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 263-7435


Dr. Tristan L’Ecuyer

Research Themes

  • Satellite Meteorology Research and Applications - to support weather analysis and forecasting through participation in NESDIS product assurance and risk reduction programs and the associated transitioning of research progress into NOAA operations
  • Satellite Sensors and Measurement Techniques - to conduct instrument trade studies and sensor performance analysis supporting NOAA’s future satellite needs as well as assisting in the long term calibration and validation of remote sensing data and derived products
  • Environmental Models and Data Assimilation - to work with the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) on improving satellite data assimilation techniques in operational weather forecast models
  • Outreach and Education - to engage the workforce of the future in understanding and using environmental satellite observations for the benefit of an informed society

Award Details

First 5-Year Award Second 5-Year Award
Award Number NA10NES4400013 NA15NES4320001
Award Period July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2015* July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2020^
Award Amount $60,000,000 $60,000,000
Performance Progress Reports July 2010 - March 2011
April 2011 - March 2012
April 2012 - March 2013
April 2013 - March 2014
April 2014 - March 2015
April 2015 - March 2016
Final Report (July 2010 - June 2016)
July 2015 - March 2016
April 2016 - March 2017
April 2017 - March 2018
April 2018 - March 2019
April 2019 - March 2020
April 2020 - March 2021
Final Report (April 2021 - June 2022
CI Review by SAB September 2014 N/A

* CIMSS received a no-cost extension until June 30, 2016.
* CIMSS received a no-cost extension until June 30, 2021.
^ CIMSS received a second no-cost extension until June 30, 2022.

Recipients of NOAA Cooperative Institute Awards may receive an unfunded (or no-cost) extension of their award beyond the original expiration date if additional time is needed to complete the sponsored project.

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