Cooperative Institute for Climate & Satellites - Maryland

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Research Highlights
These slides are drawn from project summaries in Volume 2 of the CICS Annual Report for FY 2012.
Chris Brown's Article

Ocean Currents & Penguins

A new article by CICS-MD Scientist Christopher Brown shows that shifting winds and ocean currents near the equator has increased the cold pool near the Galapagos Islands. This cooling has helped endangered penguins to increase their population.


Soil Moisture Products

The GCOM-W1 AMSR2 soil moisture product developed by CICS-MD Scientist Jicheng Liu and his team will play a significant role in the NOAA Soil Moisture Operational Product System (SMOPS),

Sutton-Grier 2016

Blue Carbon Projects

Lindsay Wylie and Ariana E. Sutton-Grier study local “blue carbon” restoration projects from around the world. These photos show participants in Kenya planting and measuring mangrove trees.

SBN Dish

CICS-MD Training Proving Ground

A NOAAPORT Satellite Broadcast Network (SBN) antenna, receiver, and server have been installed at CICS-MD on the roof of the ESSIC building.

GPCP Bob Adler

Monthly GPCP Data

CICS/ESSIC is transitioning to be main deliverer of GPCP analysis both for the final products and the Interim Climate Data Record (ICDR), which comes out within first 10 days of each month. Click the picture to go to the GPCP website.


Explore Our Research

Explore Our Research
We do research in a wide variety of areas at the intersection of climate and satellites. We focus on applications as well as research.  read more.

educational Outreach

Educational Outreach
Young scientists, including students and post-doctoral researchers, play an important role in the conduct of research at CICS-MD.  read more.

Meet our Scientists


Xiaolei Zou is a Research Professor with research interests in atmospheric data assimilation, hurricanes, and climate changes....  read more


Director's Welcome

Hugo_Berbery_headshot_3 How can we best exploit satellite information for improving weather and climate predictions? What is needed to create consistent long term records of satellite products for use in climate activities? What are the research needs to ensure we extract optimal information from future satellites sensors?

 These questions lie at the core of CICS-MD mission of supporting NOAA’s ability to use satellite observations and Earth System models to advance the national climate mission. Our people, research scientists and research engineers along with academic personnel, strive to make certain that our research is transferred to NOAA operations. We also believe in the need of developing and maintaining interactions with a broad community. Outreach, education, training, climate literacy activities are part of our vision for a successful return to society of the confidence they have entrusted us.

Explore our web site, find out what we do and please contact us with your suggestions for improving how we communicate our activities.

Hugo Berbery

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Featured News

Friday, July 8, 2016

CICS-MD Issues its Summer Circular

The biannual newsletter for CICS-MD was released this week. It features articles by CICS-MD Scientists Scott Rudlosky from NOAA's Satellite Climate Studies Branch and Xi Shao from the UMD Department of Astronomy.
Friday, March 4, 2016

CICS-MD SBN Antenna Installed

A NOAAPORT Satellite Broadcast Network (SBN) antenna, receiver, and server have been installed at CICS-MD on the roof of the ESSIC building.


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