Collaboration with NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York (Columbia University) in recognition of a long collaborative research partnership in the areas of climate modeling and the application and production of climate information and of the proximity of several NOAA facilities, particularly NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), decided in 2003 to enter into a cooperative agreement and establish the Cooperative Institute for Climate Applications and Research (CICAR).

The CICAR reflects the interrelated research interests of both institutions and the concomitant to strengthen their commitment to collaborative research in support of NOAA’s climate goal to “Understand climate variability and change to enhance society’s ability to plan and respond.”  These common research interests include observations and model development and data collections required for the prediction of seasonal-to-interannual and long-term climate variability, including paleoclimates, and the development of societally relevant climate information.  These cooperative projects are performed with scientists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and with other Columbia University units associated with The Earth Institute, in particular, the Columbia Climate and Water Centers.