Beltsville Center for Climate System Observation
Award Period: October 2008 – September 2013
The Beltsville Center for Climate System Observation (BCCSO) was established at Howard University through a cooperative agreement with NASA in 2008, to promote research and education in the study of atmospheric sciences, while producing a well qualified, diverse workforce.
The goals of BCCSO are to:
- Engage in basic research with the view that the resulting knowledge will improve weather, climate and air quality prediction through intensive and long-term atmospheric field observations.
- Train science and academic leaders (minority PhDs) with an emphasis on understanding atmospheric processes through the use of state-of-the-art atmospheric observing systems and analytical methods.
- Inspire and engage graduate, undergraduate, and K-12 minority students who have been traditionally underrepresented through sustainable outreach programs.
- Contribute to national and international climate research programs and networks designed to investigate the causes of climate and regional environmental change through reference observations of key state variables.
The research and training plan of BCCSO is designed to directly contribute to objectives and goals addressed in the National Research Council 2007 Decadal Survey and to specifically address questions posed by the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Earth Science Strategic Plan:
1) How is the global Earth system changing?
2) What are the primary causes of change in the Earth system?
3) How does the Earth system respond to natural and human-induced changes?
4) What are the consequences for human civilization?
5) How will the Earth system change in the future?
Two thrust areas relating to these SMD questions, Weather Thrust and Atmospheric Composition Thrust, lay the framework for the five primary research areas of The Beltsville Center for Climate System Observation:
1) Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)
2) Wind Lidar Atmospheric Composition Thrust
4) Tropospheric Ozone
5) Variability Water Vapor and Temperature
BCCSO leverages a talented cadre of atmospheric science, physics, chemistry and engineering faculty that has been assembled at Howard University and works in close partnership with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Earth Sciences Division, government laboratories, private sector partners and two academic institutions—The Pennsylvania State University and The Research Foundation of The State University of New York, University at Albany. As a result, BCCSO is on pace to meet its research and educational goals.
The Howard University Program in Atmospheric Sciences (HUPAS) offers the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in atmospheric sciences taught by recognized experts in areas such as tropical storms, chemical modeling and data assimilation, characterization of water vapor, wind, aerosol variability, impact characterization and microphysical evolution of aerosols.
Principle Investigator, Dr. Everette Joseph
Tel: (202) 468-8715: Email: email@example.com
The Beltsville Center for Climate System Observation
2216 6th Street NW, Room 103
Washington, DC 20059