The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology center (NOAA-CREST) has recently been awarded a five-year (2011-2016) $15 million research and education grant from NOAA’s Office of Education.
NOAA-CREST was founded in 2001—one of five cooperative science centers established nationwide among minority-serving institutions. The institute is headquartered at The City College under the directorship of Dr. Reza Khanbilvardi. The CUNY CREST is now one of the country’s top comprehensive university remote sensing facilities, with advanced capabilities in all four remote sensing monitoring priority areas: coastal water, land, air and climate.
Over the past 10 years, CREST has demonstrated that it can effectively recruit, educate, train and graduate an increasing number of underrepresented minority students through rigorous academic programs that are complemented by hands-on participation in state-of-the-art research in line with NOAA’s mission. More than forty CUNY faculty members are now affiliated with the CREST including several internationally prominent researchers who have joined the CUNY faculty in recent years.
With NOAA’s support, in five years the CUNY CREST aims to become the premier global remote sensing institute in the Northeastern US, capable of providing government, state, and local agencies, as well as the academic and scientific community, with large sets of temporal and spatial environmental data for research and training. In addition, NOAA-CREST scientists will develop operational models that can be utilized for air quality and flood related disaster management, coastal water management, severe storm tracking, and other problems associated with climate change. CUNY CREST will also continue to strengthen its recruitment, education, and outreach goals to grow the STEM workforce of tomorrow for NOAA and the nation.