NOAA Selects the University of Wisconsin as its Cooperative Institute for Satellite Meteorology Studies

July 6, 2010

NOAA officials today announced they have selected the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin in Madison for continued studies to improve climate and severe weather forecasts. CIMSS scientists will use data from NOAA satellites, including the future Joint Polar Satellite System, or JPSS, and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, or GOES-R series.

“Scientists at CIMSS are renowned for their excellence in weather and satellite-related studies. The University of Wisconsin and its atmospheric science programs consistently attract top-notch students,” said Mary Kicza, assistant administrator for NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service. “We’re looking for this partnership to have a positive impact on our existing satellite systems and on JPSS and GOES-R in the future.”

The NOAA-CIMSS team will collaborate to improve satellite based products that monitor weather and climate and also enhance sensors planned for future spacecraft. They will ramp up outreach and education initiatives, aimed at training students, scientists, resource managers and the public in the uses of remotely sensed data sets and numerical models used to forecast weather and climate.

NOAA supports cooperative institutes to promote research, education, training and outreach aligned with its mission. Cooperative institutes also coordinate resources among non-government partners and promote the involvement of students and post-doctoral scientists in NOAA-funded research. This provides NOAA the benefit of working with complimentary capabilities of a research institution that contributes to NOAA-related sciences, ranging from satellite climatology and fisheries to atmospheric chemistry and coastal ecology.

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