CIMMS and NOAA collaborate under new $95.3 million agreement

November 21, 2016

The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the University of Oklahoma collaborate with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on weather and climate under the terms of a five-year, $95.3 million agreement with NOAA. CIMMS, the largest and second oldest research center at OU, supports NOAA with two of its next generation, long-term planning initiatives: Weather Ready Nation and Climate Adaptation and Mitigation.

"The university is very excited by this new five-year agreement totaling over $95 million to support important weather and climate research on our campus in cooperation with the federal government," said OU President David L. Boren. "It underlines the importance of what is happening at our university. We are proud to be national leaders in this effort."

CIMMS contributes to NOAA's enterprise-wide capabilities in science and technology, engagement and organization and administration in the following research areas: weather radar research and development; stormscale and mesoscale modeling research and development; forecast and warning improvements research and development; impacts of climate change related to extreme weather events; and societal and socioeconomic impacts of high impact weather systems.

"CIMMS research improves our understanding of stormscale meteorological phenomena, weather radar and regional climate variations," said Interim Director Randy Peppler. "Our ultimate goal is to help NOAA produce better forecasts and warnings that save lives and protect property."
CIMMS research affiliates or associates include: Oceanic and Atmospheric Research National Severe Storm Laboratory; Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Air Resources Laboratory; National Weather Service Radar Operations Center for the WSR-88D (NEXRAD) Program; National Weather Service/National Center for Environmental Protection Storm Prediction Center; National Weather Service Warning Decision Training Division; National Weather Service Norman Weather Forecast Office; and National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City.

CIMMS was established in 1978 through a memorandum of agreement between OU and NOAA. As a NOAA cooperative research institute, CIMMS supports scientists, engineers and students who conduct research, training and outreach in mesoscale weather, weather radar and regional-scale climate processes. For more information, contact or visit

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