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The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)


Colorado State University
1375 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523
(970) 491-8448


Dr. Christian Kummerow

Research Themes

  • Satellite Algorithm Development, Training and Education - Research associated with development of satellite-based algorithms for weather forecasting, with emphasis on regional and mesoscale meteorological phenomena, as well as development of training material to a wide variety of users, emphasizing operational forecasters
  • Regional to Global Scale Modeling Systems - Research associated with the improvement of weather/climate models that simulate and predict changes in the Earth system, including atmospheric and ocean dynamcs, radiative forcing, clouds/convection, land surface modeling, hydrology, and coupled modeling of the Earth system
  • Data Assimilation - Continued development of techniques to assimilate environmental observations, including satellite, terrestrial, oceanic, and biological observations, for use in analysis, modeling, and prediction activities associated with weather/climate predictions
  • Climate-Weather Processes - Research focusing on using numerical models and environmental data, including satellite observations, to better understand systems on the weather and short-term climate timescales (minutes to months) including regional climate
  • Data Distribution - Identifying effective and efficient methods of quickly distributing and displaying environmental and model data using web map services, data compression algorithms, and other techniques

Award Details

First 5-Year Award
Award Number NA19OAR4320073
Award Period July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2024
Award Amount $128,695,000
Performance Progress Reports First report scheduled for summer 2020
CI Review by SAB Scheduled for 2023
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