Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies (CESSRST)
Hampton University 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)
George Mason University and the Nature Conservancy are partner institutions 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.
Suomi-NPP Monitors Critical Chesapeake Bay Habitat
The Chesapeake Bay, North America’s largest estuary, provides a vital habitat for local marine life which supports the ecology and economy of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia. NOAA plays a significant role in the Bay – not only do “smart buoys” collect and transmit real-time weather, water conditions, and water quality data, but NOAA and its partners help to restore conditions in the watersheds of the Bay by monitoring nutrients, and working with communities to ensure the long-term ecological function of the Bay. Captured November 13, 2016, this Suomi NPP Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) image using three of the sensor’s high-resolution imagery channels to differentiate the land types in the areas, based on their visual and thermal differences. Bright pink areas are more barren, due to rock or urbanization, while green areas are vegetated.