The Cooperative Institute for Climate Applications and Research develops and promotes research to address a wide range of science and social topics consistent with the CICAR mandate. CICAR research includes observations and model development required for the prediction of seasonal-to-interannual and long-term climate variability, for developing better understanding of modern and paleo climates and their variability, and for the development of tools for providing climate information to society to assess risk and make decisions.
Create a long-term research partnership between NOAA and the Columbia University climate research community to enhance NOAA’s research capabilities in the area of climate observations, modeling and prediction
Contribute to NOAA’s goal to enhance society’s ability to plan and respond to climate variability and change by developing methods and tools for providing climate information to users and decision makers
Provide a basis for streamlining the administrative process for several established cooperative projects within Columbia University and NOAA – e.g. Abrupt Climate Change Studies (ACCWW), Climate Variability and Prediction program (CLIVAR), Applied Research Centers program and the Climate and Societal Interactions program
Develop specific research themes that address critical research needs in climate modeling and prediction, climate forecast applications research, and modern and paleoclimate research
Improve the effectiveness of graduate-level education by expanding research opportunities available to graduates and undergraduates through participation in joint research projects
Identify opportunities and establish means to communicate climate research development to the public to facilitate broader understanding of climate related issues and their impact on society