The Center's research provides experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students that go well beyond the classroom curricula and is a key component of graduate training leading to masters and doctoral degrees. CESSRST research is in three interconnected focus areas, or themes, that address high priority long- term goals for NOAA, from “Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies” to “Weather-Ready Nation” to “Integrated Water Prediction” to “Climate Adaptation and Mitigation”. With a strong focus and expertise on remote sensing observations, advanced observing systems and big data analysis, CESSRST is responsive to the NOAA agency wide need for improved “Observing, Modeling and Engaging” capabilities. A key objective across all CESSRST research themes is to inspire CESSRST students to study the Earth as an integrated system across traditional boundaries and to foster an interdisciplinary, holistic understanding of the major environmental challenges faced by the society, enriched with experiential learning opportunities in environmental satellite-related research.

Coastal Resilience

  • Ocean Observatories in Critical Coastal Regions
  • Development of Coastal Water Quality Indicators
  • Improved monitoring of HABs and their impacts

Atmospheric Hazards

  • Severe Storm Prediction
  • Heat Stress and Urban Modeling
  • Satellite Validation and Analysis
  • The Center Earth System Observing Network

Water Predictions and Ecosystem Services 

  • Drought Risk Assessment and Ecosystem Outcomes
  • Flood Risk Assessment
  • Monitoring land-atmosphere-ocean fluxes
  • Use of UAS platforms