In the past decade, the University of Maryland has developed major partnerships with federal agencies and fostered research in areas critical to understanding and responding to climate change, including atmospheric and earth science, satellite remote sensing, climate modeling, and energy and insurance research and policy. ESSIC's existing cooperative agreement with the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and its Cooperative Institute for Climate Studies, which is jointly operated with the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) of NOAA, are two of these partnerships. A third is the Joint Global Change Research Institute (with the Department of Energy).
The Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) is an outgrowth of the existing University of Maryland-based Cooperative Institute for Climate Studies. The Cooperative Institute incorporates additional academic and private sector partners into a more comprehensive association that has all three components (data/observations, modeling and climate services) critical to a new climate service.
In addition, the NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction will move to the M Square research park in September 2012. Programs that will be located in the building include staff from the World Weather Building (WWB), the National Weather Service (NWS), the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS).
Meanwhile, the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service Beltsville Area (ARS-BA) have a 5-year agreement where both organizations are working together to build a leading center for agricultural, environmental, and natural resources research that will enhance training and research opportunities for ARS-BA staff and researchers, as well as UM faculty and students. ARS-BA and UM staff are also working to develop graduate research and educational programs that will prepare future generations for science-related careers.
At the state level, the Maryland Department of Agriculture, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Department of the Environment are all affiliated with the University of Maryland's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.