In September 2001, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) was awarded a cooperative agreement with the Department of Commerce NOAA Educational Partnership Program. NCAS is a cooperative partnership between four (4) minority-serving institutions (MSI): Howard University (HU) — the lead institution, Jackson State University (JSU), the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM), and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP); and two (2) majority universities:  University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), and the State University of New York at Albany (SUNYA). The four MSI partners possess the highest concentrations of African American and Hispanic students in the physical sciences, engineering, and atmospheric-related disciplines, including meteorology, at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

This cooperative agreement and the related activities under the NCAS and other cooperative programs at Howard University, are aimed at ensuring “the production of high-quality students through high-quality research and collaborative discovery”. NCAS is dedicated to:  (1) producing a diverse group of highly-trained professionals for NOAA and the broader atmospheric and environmental sciences workforce; and (2) performing research and applications in the areas of climate, weather, and air quality prediction and analyses in support of the National Weather Service (NWS) missions in “Weather and Water” and “Climate”.

NCAS Mission

Advancing NOAA’s Missions in Education and Weather Research with focus on Air Quality — Climate — Environmental Health Connections

Mission Statement

The mission of NCAS is to increase the number of highly qualified, well-trained graduates from underrepresented communities in NOAA-related sciences, with particular emphasis on the atmospheric sciences, for career opportunities with NOAA, NOAA contractors, other Federal agencies, and academia. NCAS conducts collaborative research that is aimed at improving forecast accuracy of precipitation, through studies of model physical processes and improved data assimilation methodologies.  NCAS conducts collaborative research designed to increase our understanding of atmospheric chemical processes and their effects on local, regional, and global scales.  Finally, NCAS conducts field campaigns and implements measurement networks designed to improve our understanding of chemical, physical, and dynamical processes in the atmosphere and climate system.  All NCAS partners contribute to student training and professional development through workshops and webinars, shared courses and seminars, outreach activities, student recruitment, and mentoring.

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NCAS By the Numbers – Cycle 3

NCAS Overview

Howard University (HU)

Jackson State University (JSU)

University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez (UPRM)

University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP)

University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP)

State University of New York, Albany (SUNYA)