UMD-led Consortium Wins $93 Million NOAA Climate Institute

The University of Maryland will lead a new climate research partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), North Carolina State University and 16 other institutions.

The nationwide consortium led by Maryland won a competition for a new NOAA-supported Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) that will receive up to $93 million in funding over the next five years, with approximately two-thirds of this funding expected to be managed by the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) of the University of Maryland.

The new institute will focus on collaborative research into satellite observations and Earth System modeling conducted by scientists in the consortium institutions together with researchers in NOAA’s Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) and in the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) of NOAA and the National Weather Service. Work to turn this data acquisition and modeling research into applications and services will be led by institute researchers working with those in the National Climatic Data Center of NOAA/NESDIS.

Phil Arkin, ESSIC, will be the Director of the new institute.

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