NOAA-CESSRST, a Cooperative Science Center (CSC), was established in 2016 through a national competition and is funded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, “NOAA/EPP Grant # NA16SEC4810008"). The participating institutions are geographically distributed across the nation and enjoy a high enrollment of under-represented minority students.

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Summer Bridge Program

America COMPETES Act directed NOAA to create a 20-year NOAA Education Strategic Plan which included developing a diverse workforce for the United States.

Workforce Development

CESSRST provides several opportunities to enhance their preparation for the workforce after graduation. CESSRST uses Workforce development strategies such as training programs, internships and summer bridge programs.


One of the goals of the NOAA-CESSRST Center is to educate and train a diverse cadre of students and early career scientists and engineers to become highly competent professionals in NOAA related STEM sciences.

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Theme I

Coastal Resilience

Theme II

Atmospheric Hazards

Theme III

Water Prediction and Ecosystem Services

Social Science

Assessment and Human Impact


CESSRST research is focused on four broadly based and interconnected Themes - Climate; Weather and Atmosphere; Water Resources and Land Processes; and Ocean and Coastal Waters.

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CESSRST Consortium

This is led by the City College of the City University of New York and partnered Hampton University, VA; San Diego State University, CA, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD; University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez; and University of Texas at El Paso.

CESSRST Affiliates

The CESSRST Affiliates includes other Cooperative Institutes and Centers such as CIMSS,CIRA, CIRES and Columbia Earth Institute

CESSRST Partners

These are other research institutes and CI's we partner with on projects and research such as CICS-MD

Industrial Partners

Non-Government agencies that collaborate with us on research, training and development such as SSAI, STC, ERT, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, IMSG, AER and Noblis

NOAA Collaborators

This includes NOAA line offices and regional offices such as National Weather Services, NESDIS, NESDIS-STAR, OSPO

Partners & Affiliates

CESSRST is led by The City University of New York and brings together Hampton University, VA; University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, PR; San Diego State University, CA; University of Maryland Baltimore County, MD; University of Texas at El Paso, TX.

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