Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies (CISESS)
Florida International University is a partner institution of CISESS. CISESS enhances understanding of how the natural components of the Earth system—atmosphere, ocean, land, and biosphere—interact with human activities. CISESS researchers will use environmental data from JPSS satellites to develop new, more accurate products that help NOAA improve weather and climate forecasts.
Corals in Crisis
The NOAA Coral Reef Watch program uses products derived from JPSS satellite data to provide current reef environmental conditions to quickly identify areas at risk for coral bleaching. Bleaching is the process by which corals lose the beneficial algae that give them their distinctive colors. If a coral is severely bleached, disease and death become likely. Healthy coral reefs provide a significant food source for over a billion people worldwide, buffer coastlines from erosion, and also provide jobs and income from fishing, recreation, tourism, and other reef-ecosystem based businesses. In the Florida Keys, for example, the products have helped officials from the state guide rapid response efforts to assess reef conditions
Northern Gulf Institute (NGI)
Florida State University is a partner institution of the NGI. NGI conducts high-impact research and education programs in the Gulf of Mexico region. Many of the research projects are providing new and improved tools and capabilities in support of NOAA’s goals, including healthy oceans, a weather ready nation, and resilient communities.