Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies (CESSRST)
UMBC is a partner institution of CESSRST. A cooperative science center, CESSRST was established in 2016 through a national competition and is funded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The participating institutions are geographically distributed across the nation and enjoy a high enrollment of under-represented minority students. CESSRST builds on the successes of 15 years of NOAA funding for the Center for Remote Sensing Science and Technologies (NOAA-CREST) as a national leader in STEM workforce development and by supporting NOAA missions related to Earth Systems observations, monitoring through application of environmental satellites and ground-based remote sensing technologies.
The mission of the center is to educate, train and graduate a new generation of diverse and competent cadre of students, and to create a diverse and skilled workforce in NOAA mission-aligned STEM and social science disciplines through participation in state-of-the-art research.
Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies (CISESS)
The UMD is a lead institution of CISESS. CISESS enhances understanding of how the natural components of the Earth system—atmosphere, ocean, land, and biosphere—interact with human activities as a coupled system. CISESS researchers will use environmental data from JPSS satellites to develop new, more accurate products that help NOAA improve weather and climate forecasts.
Sediment Plume in the Chesapeake Bay
A plume of sediment flowed into the northern Chesapeake Bay after several days of heavy rain in the Mid-Atlantic in July 2018. This side-by-side image from the NOAA/NASA Suomi-NPP satellite shows the Chesapeake Bay on July 19 and July 26, 2018. In the left hand image, the land appears brown due to dry conditions that dominated the first half of July. A week later, several inches of rain has turned the landscape lush green, while a high discharge from the Susquehanna River can be seen flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. NOAA CoastWatch uses satellite imagery from the JPSS Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) to monitor the movement of the sediment plumes and reports its progression to the National Marine Fisheries Service. NOAA Fisheries evaluates environmental conditions on the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, which includes the effects of sediment on the bay’s living marine resources, such as underwater grasses, fish, and other wildlife.