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


[Summary provided by Colorado State University.]

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