NOAA Selects Colorado State University Institute to Study Satellite Applications for Improved Regional and Global Weather Forecasts

May 21, 2009

NOAA announced today its renewed affiliation with the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. Chosen through a competitive process, the cooperative institute will continue to investigate satellite applications for improving regional and global-scale weather forecasts, water resource forecasts, and provide integrated weather information to meet future aviation and surface transportation needs.

“Our partnership with CIRA provides professors and students of CSU an exciting and challenging opportunity to collaborate with NOAA scientists on cutting-edge research,” said Richard Spinrad, NOAA assistant administrator for oceanic and atmospheric research. “Improving the accuracy of weather forecast warnings and looking at short-term climate forecasts are important efforts toward NOAA’s overall mission to monitor and enhance weather and water information, improve decision making, and promote environmental stewardship.”

Working closely with NOAA research scientists in Boulder and Fort Collins, Colo., CIRA will focus on ways to:

NOAA supports 22 cooperative institutes across the U.S. to promote research, education, training, and outreach aligned with NOAA's mission. Cooperative institutes collaborate with NOAA scientists, coordinate resources among all non-government partners and promote the involvement of students and post-doctoral scientists in NOAA-funded research.

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