Research Applications at the National Centers for Environmental Information
The world’s largest active archive of weather and climate data, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), is located in Asheville, NC. North Carolina State University has a cooperative institute, CICS-NC (www.cicsnc.org), with approximately 30 researchers co-located at NCEI. We will give a brief overview of the data center’s holdings, explain how the cooperative institute forms a bridge between academia and government, and detail several research applications currently being pursued by CICS scientists. In particular we will highlight: an international collaboration to produce a geostationary satellite based record of land surface albedo; a project using vegetation data to analyze annual start-of-springtime dates; and implementing neural networks to derive atmospheric temperature and water vapor profiles.