Message from the Director

Established in 1965, the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) is a global destination for research and applications in satellite meteorology and remote sensing of Earth and other planetary atmospheres.

Our founder Verner Suomi recognized that developing the ability to forecast severe storms, from hurricanes to blizzards, had great implications for public safety, and almost every sector of life from crop management to aviation to the economy.

Our multidisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers, computer programmers, along with undergraduate and graduate students, continue to make significant improvements to our ability to visualize and forecast the weather and study our climate. The science of “how to do it” emerges from the university research environment, and industry and federal government partners, like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, facilitate the transfer of knowledge to operational systems for the benefit of the public.

These partnerships led to establishing SSEC’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, a world renowned satellite meteorology research center in its own right.

We contribute our expertise to each new generation of national geostationary and polar-orbiting satellite programs, from concept development to data analysis to practical applications, meeting the call for increased understanding of the atmosphere, oceans, and land surfaces and how they interact.

Please contact us to learn more about current development priorities or to discuss your interest in making a gift to SSEC.


For more information, contact:

Steve Ackerman, PhD
Interim SSEC Director
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