Formally approved as an inter-institutional research institute by the University of North Carolina General Administration in January 2011, the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS) is a unique center of excellence showcasing a partnership between universities, the private sector, non-profit organizations, community groups, and the federal government.

NCICS’ primary activity continues to be the operation of the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites–North Carolina (CICS-NC), which was founded in 2009. CICS-NC’s mission is facilitated by its co-location with our primary NOAA sponsor, the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), in the Veach-Baley Federal Complex in Asheville, North Carolina.

Other extramural support continues to expand, however, including federal projects supported by NSF, DoD SERDP, and NASA as well as several smaller private industry project awards.

NCICS’ main objectives are to

  • promote discovery of new knowledge about global, regional, and local climate variability and its impacts, and
  • provide information that is critical for determining trends and validating climate forecasts at all of these spatial scales.

Underpinning all of these activities is the fundamental goal of enhancing our collective interdisciplinary understanding of the state and evolution of the full Earth System.

Institute Vision

  • Inspire cutting-edge research and collaboration
  • Advance understanding of the current and future state of the climate
  • Engage with business, academia, government, and the public to enhance decision making