Cooperative Institutes

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Through these programs, NOAA Research provides the research and technology development necessary to improve the agency's weather and climate services, solar-terrestrial forecasts, and marine services. These activities provide the scientific basis for national policy decisions in key environmental areas such as climate change, disaster reduction, air quality, non-indigenous species, and stratospheric ozone depletion.

NOAA Cooperative Institute Profiles

Individual Cooperatives

Cooperative Institute for Arctic Research (CIFAR)

Fairbanks, AK
Conducts ecosystem and environmental research related to Alaska and its associated Arctic regions, including the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Chukchi/Beaufort Seas, and Arctic Ocean. CIFAR continues to facilitate the developed long-term collaboration between NOAA and the University of Alaska begun under the Cooperative Institute of Arctic Research in 1994, within which targeted research, technology, education and outreach can be developed and sustained.

Cooperative Institute for Climate Applications and Research (CICAR)

Columbia University, Palisades, NY
CICAR facilitates a multi-disciplinary collaboration between NOAA and Columbia University in Earth climate research and education, and in addressing the need of society to respond to present and future climate risk. CICAR's major NOAA partners are the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) and the Climate Program Office (CPO).

Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region (CINAR)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA
CINAR conducts research and activities under six main themes: Ecosystem Forecasting, Ecosystem Monitoring, Ecosystem Management, Protection and Restoration of Resources, Sustained Ocean Observations and Climate Research, and Education and Outreach.

Cooperative Institute for Climate Science (CICS-P)

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Established competitively in 2008, the Cooperative Institute for Climate Science (CICS) at Princeton University is a NOAA Cooperative Institute sponsored by NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). CICS conducts research under three themes: Earth System Modeling Development and Analysis, Data Assimilation, and Earth System Modeling Applications.

Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies (CISESS)

University of Maryland
The Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies (CISESS) was established in July 2019, as a continuation of the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS-M). CISESS is a national consortium of academic, non-profit and community organizations with leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and the University of North Carolina (UNC) System through North Carolina State University (NCSU). This partnership includes Minority Serving Institutions as well as others with strong faculties who will enhance CISESS' capability to contribute to NOAA's mission and goals.

Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Hosted by the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, CILER was established in 1989 as a center of excellence that serves as a focal point for collaborative research between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and universities around the Great Lakes region. Research focuses on improving forecasts that facilitate restoration, protection, and management of natural resources, and promoting sustainable economic development in the region. The institute also trains new and upcoming researchers through postdoctoral and undergraduate and graduate student fellowships that attract talent from not only U.S., but also international universities.

Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS)

University of Miami, Miami, FL
The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) was established in 1977 in the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). CIMAS serves as a mechanism to promote synergisms between University scientists and those in NOAA. CIMAS research is largely partnered with NOAA Research, NOAA Fisheries, and recently with NOAA Satellites and Information Service. CIMAS scientists collaborate primarily with scientists at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory and the Southeast Fisheries Science Center, both are located on Virginia Key in close proximity to the CIMAS/RSMAS campus.

Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS)

University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) was established in 1978 to promote research collaboration between NOAA and OU. CIMMS provides a center where government and academic scientists may work together to learn about and apply their knowledge of mesoscale weather and regional-scale climate processes. CIMMS' NOAA research partners in Norman, Oklahoma include the OAR National Severe Storms Laboratory and four National Weather Service units: Radar Operations Center for the WSR-88D (NEXRAD) Program, Storm Prediction Center, Warning Decision Training Branch, and the Norman, Oklahoma Weather Forecast Office.

Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) was established in 1980 at Colorado State University (CSU). CIRA was originally established as a mechanism to promote synergy between University scientists and those in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). CIRA has since expanded and diversified its mission to coordinate with other Federal agencies including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Park Service (NPS), the U.S. Forest Service, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Defense (DoD).

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) has been a world leader in environmental sciences since its 1967 establishment at the University of Colorado at Boulder. CIRES promotes collaboration among scientists in 13 university departments and programs, NOAA Research, NOAA Satellite and Information Service, and the National Weather Service. CIRES is the oldest and largest of NOAA's cooperative institutes. CIRES carries out research in six theme areas: Advanced Modeling and Observing Systems, Climate System Variability, Geodynamics, Integrating Activities, Planetary Metabolism, and Regional Processes.

Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR)

University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
The Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) is a NOAA Cooperative Institute at the University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa. JIMAR has facilitated collaborative research among NOAA Research, NOAA Fisheries, and National Weather Service scientists, university scientists, and university students since its inception in 1977. JIMAR research includes six themes: Tsunamis and Other Long-Period Ocean Waves, Equatorial Oceanography, Climate, Fisheries Oceanography, Tropical Meteorology, and Coastal Research.

Joint Institute for Marine Observations (JIMO)

La Jolla, CA
JIMO's mission is to foster and enrich a center of excellence in which scientific research, education, and public outreach are joined to strengthen and improve our understanding of global ocean, climate, and earth sciences through individual and collaborative research. Specific to climate, JIMO's work focuses on observations, analysis, and prediction research. The goal is to understand the remote forcing functions that control fundamental ocean and atmosphere processes and to utilize this knowledge for prediction.

Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)

Seattle, WA
JISAO's research is at the forefront of investigations on climate change, ocean acidification, fisheries assessments, and tsunami forecasting. JISAO has seven core research foci, including: climate research, environmental chemistry, seafloor processes, marine ecosystems, protection and restoration of marine resources, tsunami observations and modeling, and ocean and coastal observations.

Northern Gulf Institute (NGI)

NGI conducts high-impact research and education programs in the Northern Gulf of Mexico region focused on integration of the land-coast-ocean-atmosphere continuum; integration of research to operations; and integration of individual organizational strengths into a holistic program. The goal is to measurably contribute to the recovery and future health, safety, resilience and productivity of the region through sustained research and applications in a geospatial and ecosystem context.


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