Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies

CIMSS is a Cooperative Institute formed through a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). CIMSS operates as an institute within the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC ). CIMSS scientists conduct research using remote sensing systems for meteorological and surface-based applications.

GINA works with CIMSS primarily through the NOAA High Latitude Proving Ground.. Proving ground products crEated in partnership with CIMSS and NOAA-NESDIS staff currently include volcanic ash, cloud, and fog products (such as ash location and density, cloud type, and low visibility probability). These products are generated in near-real-time using GINA’s MOIDS data and used by the National Weather Service, especially in support of aviation forecasting activities.

The CIMSS Satellite Blog is worth following for those with an interest in satellite weather products.