Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites - MD
5825 University Research Court, Suite 4001, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20740-3823
The parent organization of CICS-MD, CICS, is a national consortium of academic, non-profit and community organizations and includes Minority Serving Institutions as well as others with strong faculties that enhance CICS' capability to contribute to NOAA's mission and goals. In addition to CICS-MD, the Institute has another main branch at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville NC. It is known as CICS-NC.
CICS host organization is the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center. ESSIC has fiduciary responsibility for CICS, provides the large majority of CICS-MD space, and hires and employs the majority of CICS-MD scientists and support staff.
CICS-MD focuses on research in satellite observations and Earth system modeling in support of the NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service Center for Satellite Applications and Research and the National Weather Service/National Centers for Environmental Prediction. CICS-MD has additional collaborations with other NOAA units in the Washington, DC area, including the National Oceanographic Data Center and the Air Resources Laboratory.