The primary purpose of CIOSS is to establish a cooperative (Federal-Academic) center of excellence for research involving satellite remote sensing of the ocean and air-sea interface. CIOSS’ research themes are: 1) Satellite sensors and techniques, 2) Ocean-atmosphere fields and fluxes, 3) Ocean-atmosphere models and data assimilation, 4) Ocean-atmosphere analyses, and 5) Outreach, education and training.
These research themes are aligned to achieve four goals:
- Foster research related to NOAA’s mission responsibilities and strategic objectives in the coastal and open ocean, emphasizing those aspects of oceanography and air-sea interaction that utilize satellite data, along with models of oceanic and atmospheric circulation;
- Collaborate with NOAA research scientists in: evaluation, validation, and improvement of data products from existing and planned satellite instruments; development of new multi-sensor products, models, and assimilation techniques; and investigation and creation of new approaches for satellite data production, distribution, and management;
- Improve the effectiveness of graduate-level education and expand the scientific training and research experiences available to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and scientists from NOAA and other governmental laboratories and facilities; and
- Educate and train scientists, students, policy makers and the public regarding the use of satellite data to increase our understanding and use of resources in the coastal and open ocean.
OSU Direct Broadcast Station
A new 3-meter satellite dish was installed in September 2011 on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Oregon. This dish tracks earth-observing satellites as they pass overhead, receiving data over the western United States in real time from U.S. and International satellites. The reception, processing, and distribution of data in near real time from the sensors onboard is essential for guiding fieldwork and monitoring events such as harmful algal blooms, oil spills and wildfires. R: The new satellite dish. Photo by R. Letelier. L: A MODIS-AQUA scene collected by the new satellite receiving station on January 5, 2012.