Cooperative Institute for Atmospheric Sciences and Terrestrial Applications

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The Cooperative Institute for Atmospheric Sciences and Terrestrial Applications(CIASTA) formalizes a major collaborative relationship between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and the Desert Research Institute (DRI). CIASTA serves as a focal point for the interaction between NOAA and the Intermountain West research community for research activities related to NOAA's tasks and responsibilities in that region.

The research is focussed on four general areas: weather, climate, air quality, and terrestrial ecosystems and climate.


Research themes


  • Cloud and Precipitation Measurement
  • Development of Parameterization Schemes for Atmospheric Models
  • Physical Process Studies
  • Atmospheric Modification


  • Enhance Climate-Related Capabilities and Services for the United States
  • Paleoclimate Studies
  • Clouds, Carbon, and Climate Change

Air Quality

  • Air Quality Monitoring Technology
  • Meteorological and Air Quality Simulation Modeling
  • Atmospheric Chemistry; Pollution Emissions Characterization Methods
  • Source-Receptor-Effects Relationships.

Terrestrial Ecosystems and Climate

  • Climate and Biodiversity
  • Climate and Landscape Heterogeneity
  • Climate and Disease, Climate and Ecosystem Processes
  • Hydrology and Water Supply in Arid Regions Typical of the Intermountain West
  • Improved Mathematical and Stochastic Models for Extreme Events in Climate and Hydrology
  • Mountain Hydrometeorology.

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