In 2009, The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) was formed through a national consortium of academic, non-profit and community organizations, with leadership from the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) and North Carolina State University with principal locations in College Park, Maryland and Asheville, North Carolina. CICS is administered as part of the NOAA/NESDIS/STAR Cooperative Research Program Institutes which is the first experiment by NOAA and academic institutions to engage a geographically dispersed, diverse set of more than 20 partner institutions across the United States to address environmental change, their prediction, and potential impacts. CICS-NC is an Inter-Institutional Research Center with the UNC System, where it is known as the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies. CICS-NC is co-located with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, NC. CICS's cooperative agreement was renewed for an additional five years in 2014.
CICS-NC activities support NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and enterprise climate services. Main collaborative activities are currently organized into 7 streams:
These streams are supported by the different divisions in NCEI, NOAA Line Offices such as the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS), Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), and the National Weather Service (NWS), the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), and North Carolina State University. CICS-NC is structured thematically by these streams. Please select the organization chart for an overview.