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Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere

The Institute’s Cooperative Agreement with NOAA, which serves as a foundation to all its research pursuits, encompasses five theme areas and two cross-cutting programmatic areas: (1) Satellite Algorithm Development, Training and Education - Research associated with development of satellite-based algorithms for weather forecasting, with emphasis on regional and mesoscale meteorological phenomena, as well as development of training material to a wide variety of users, emphasizing operational forecasters; (2Regional to Global Scale Modeling Systems – Research associated with the improvement of weather/climate models that simulate and predict changes in the Earth system, including atmospheric and ocean dynamics, radiative forcing, clouds/convection, land surface modeling, hydrology, and coupled modeling of the Earth system; (3)Data Assimilation –  Continued development of techniques to assimilate environmental observations, including satellite, terrestrial, oceanic, and biological observations, for use in analysis, modeling, and prediction activities associated with weather/climate predictions; (4) Climate-Weather Processes – Research focusing on using numerical models and environmental data, including satellite observations, to better understand systems on the weather and short-term climate timescales (minutes to months) including regional climate; (5) Data Distribution – identifying effective and efficient methods of quickly distributing and displaying environmental and model data using web map services, data compression algorithms, and other techniques; Cross-Cutting Area 1:  Societal and economic studies on the impacts of weather and climate on society, as well as the value of NOAA Research; Cross-Cutting Area 2:  Education and Outreach on Behalf of NOAA and the University focused on educating diverse audiences on weather and climate topics using a tiered, data-centered approach.

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1375
970-491-8448

Professor Christian Kummerow, Director

http://www.cira.colostate.edu

Cooperative Institutes

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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. Cooperative Institutes are located at institutions whose geographic expanse extends from Hawaii to Maine and from Alaska to Florida. Currently, NOAA supports 16 Cooperative Institutes consisting of 42 universities and research institutions across 23 states and the District of Columbia

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