Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University
Data Center Description
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Colorado State University (CSU) established the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) in 1980. Among NOAA's contributions to this joint research program was the transfer of a small cadre of federal scientists from its National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service's (NESDIS') Office of Research and Applications (ORA) to CSU's Foothills Campus in Fort Collins, CO. Over the years this group has been fortified by a growing number of CSU employed scientists-meteorologists. This organization is now known as the Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology (RAMM) Team of NOAA and CIRA, and numbers over a dozen scientists and technicians.
Activities at RAMM-CIRA are concentrated upon developing a thorough understanding of atmospheric processes, particularly those which initiate and evolve on the meso or regional scale. A primary goal is effectively transferring important discoveries and analytical tools to operational forecasters and fellow environmental research scientists. Information from a wide variety of meteorological satellites, generously supplemented by many complementary environmental data collection resources, are utilized to promote these objectives.