NOAA CREST COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH
Research is an integral part of training the next generation of Scientists, Engineers and Social Scientists in NOAA mission sciences. CREST research provides experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students and is a key component of graduate training leading to Masters and PhD degrees. Through research projects, CREST faculty and students engage with scientists and engineers at NOAA and NOAA Contractor, as well as industry, local and state stakeholders, and the broader academic community.
A key objective across all CREST research projects is to inspire CREST students to engage in interdisciplinary research that supports NOAA’s leading role in environmental stewardship.
CREST research is in four interconnected Themes that address NOAA high priority long-term goals, with a strong focus and expertise on remote sensing observations and applications, advanced observing technologies and systems, and big data analysis. It also respond to the NOAA need for improved “Observing, Modeling and Engaging” capabilities.
Cooperative Science Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies brings together world class research capabilities for remote sensing technology consisting of: exemplary faculty and research staff; advanced computational facilities; instrumentation for direct readout of satellite data and/or calibration validation; state-of-the-art remote sensing technology development for satellite and surface-based remote sensing and in situ sensor systems. These capabilities drive an ambitious research agenda for new applications of remote sensing, advancing the understanding of Earth system processes, and improving environment particularly weather predictions. CREST research is focused on four proposed themes: Coastal Resilience, Atmospheric Hazards, Water Predictions, and Ecosystem Services.
The research is designed to support NOAA’s scientific and operational priorities, which include its Next Generation Strategic Plan, NOAA Observing & Prediction Priorities (Deputy Under Secretary Brown Guidance Memorandum), NOAA Research and Development Priorities (NOAA Chief Scientist’s Strategic Research Guidance Memorandum), and NESDIS Priorities (AA S. Volz Guidance Memorandum).