NOAA-CREST forum highlights CCNY student success

CCNY NOAA-CREST students measuring snow properties in a field site in Maine.

As the lead institution in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology center, The City College of New York has produced more than half of the program’s 486 graduates since its inception. These include 61 PhDs, 98 MS/ME recipients and 112 undergraduates.

And 70% of the City College students trained in NOAA sciences are from underrepresented minority communities, with 40% of them female.

NOAA-CREST student success at CCNY includes cutting edge research projects such as:

  • Satellite-based observations of Harmful Algal Blooms, the toxic algae known as HABs, in US water bodies in the Northeast and Gulf of Mexico;
  • The socio-economic vulnerability assessment of coastal cities and community impacted by extreme meteorological events such as hurricanes; and
  • Profiling air quality in the New York metro region using ground-based remote sensing technologies to understand the impact and physical properties of pollutants such as aerosols on human health (asthma and cardiovascular diseases).

In addition, one of CCNY-CREST’s significant scientific achievements has been establishing a unique CREST Earth System Observing Network (CESON) across the eastern United States.

“City College has been recognized by many agencies and industries as top tier and a one-of-a-kind remote sensing program in the nation,” said Reza Khanbilvardi, NOAA-CREST Center director at CCNY. “For the last 15 years, we’ve been a major contributor to NOAA’s mission of science, service, and stewardship to understand and predict environmental changes in climate, weather, water, and coasts, using cutting-edge satellite-based technologies across the U.S.”

CCNY-CREST students and researchers will showcase their projects at the Eighth Biennial Education and Science Forum, August 28-31, at CCNY. It is co-hosted by the NOAA EPP/MSI.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science; Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; School of Education; Grove School of Engineering; Sophie Davis Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine; and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.

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