of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Center for Earth and Space Science and Aerospace Engineering
CalSpaceCaSGC Center of Excellence at UCSD is hosted within
the Scripps Institution of Oceanography maintains a research
emphasis in the climate and ocean sciences, researchers from
the full spectrum of space science, earth science and aeronautical
engineering disciplines participate. Researchers are making
fundamental contributions to the representation of atmospheric
physics in global climate models (GCMs), and are also using
satellite remote sensing to investigate the subtle climatic
influences of such varied phenomena as anthropogenic aerosol,
ocean phytoplankton distribution, and cloud microphysics.
The UCSD Center includes the Experimental Climate Prediction
Center (ECPC) and the Arctic and Antarctic Research Center
(AARC). The mission of ECPC is to develop integrated regional
climate prediction based on coupled land-ocean-atmosphere
climate model simulations. The AARC is a web-accessible archive
containing more than 20 Terabytes of satellite data covering
the polar regions. Additionally the UCSD Center maintains
laboratory facilities that support radiometric calibration,
for bio-optical, ocean color, and similar sensors.
Center provides hands-on environment to students in scientific,
technical and management areas. It also provides a learning
environment to train a new cadre of Ph.D.s who will be the
leaders of earth and space science and engineering disciplines
and impart the thrill of the Center's discoveries. The basics
of space and earth science and aerospace-related engineering
are also imparted to an increasing number of undergraduates.
The Center has an active outreach program designed to disseminate
the most up-to-date discoveries in aerospace science and engineering
to the general public and to inspire an ever-increasing number
of K-12 students to enter the field of science and technology.
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