The Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies (CISESS) is a national consortium of academic and nonprofit institutions, with leadership from the University of Maryland College Park (UMD) and North Carolina State University (NCSU). The CISESS Consortium’s primary objectives are to 1) support NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS) mission of providing “secure and timely access to global environmental data and information from satellites and other sources to both promote and protect the Nation’s environment, security, economy, and quality of life”; 2) promote and augment the research capabilities of NOAA’s mission “to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources”; and 3) deliver innovative research products, education, training, and outreach aligned with these missions.
CISESS engages in collaborative and transformative research activities with NOAA scientists to enhance NOAA’s ability to generate and use satellite and in situ observations and Earth System models to meet that challenge, advance NOAA’s science mission, and identify emerging science needs that will effectively contribute to meeting NOAA’s mission in the future. In conjunction with its research operations, CISESS will educate and train students and scientists in areas of priority to NOAA and carry out relevant outreach and engagement activities with the scientific community, decision makers, and the public.
CISESS research activities are organized around three broad science themes: Satellite Services, Earth System Observations and Services, and Earth System Research. Through a research program aligned with these three major themes, CISESS contributes to NOAA mission-directed research leading to greater observation, understanding, and prediction of the global Earth System.