On May 31, 2019, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that North Carolina State University’s North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS) will host an anchor location of the Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies (CISESS). The $175-million, five-year agreement will fund a multi-institution consortium led by the University of Maryland (UMD) and NC State University.
CISESS will begin operations on July 1, 2019, and will expand on the success of the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS), founded in 2009 under a similar partnership between NC State and UMD.
The grand scientific challenge of CISESS will be to enhance our understanding of how the natural components of the Earth system—atmosphere, ocean, land, and biosphere—interact with human activities as a coupled system. The Institute’s multidisciplinary team of scientists and experts will engage in collaborative and transformative research activities to enhance NOAA’s ability to use observations and models to meet that challenge, advance NOAA’s science mission, and identify emerging science needs.
Watch for more updates on CISESS soon. Our full press release is available here: